Cheap, Easy Guitar Capo

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Introduction: Cheap, Easy Guitar Capo

For those not in the know, a capo is a device used to help take the pitch up on a guitar, further than tuning up would be able to do. However, most stores like charging 10-15 bucks for a simple device, so I made one with objects you probably have lying around...

Step 1: Materials

You'll need, as you can see in the picture, two of those LiveStrong bracelets that were cool 3 years ago, a thick marker (or I guess a thin one would be better for an acoustic guitar...dunno, havent got one to try it with). Obviously, you'll need a guitar.

Step 2: Put It Together!

Grab your guitar, and put the marker over the fret on which you want to add the capo (this will become fret 0) Then, wrap both ends of the bracelets over the ends of the marker, one at a time. If you look at the picture, you should be able to see. Also, be careful. I broke that nice happy bracelet I had in the first picture, and had to find another. So don't use like, a LiveStrong that Lance Armstrong autographed or something.

Step 3: Finally...

Tune up your guitar, and play away!

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    the neck of my guitar is curved, so the 1st and 6th strings don't get pressed down, any suggestions?

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    i was looking for a cheap capo until i clicked on this whoo love shirt : ) !

    GREAT! my son used this when he needed a capo... thanks for the idea! and we like the t-shirt - huge pacman fans!

    awesome! needed a quick capo to play dont stop believing (glee version slightly modified so that it sounds better) but made mine using a pen and wire

    In my classical guitar it sometimes work and sometimes don't. But sometimes only the Fat E string muted and sometimes the A string.Weird? But sometimes it works.

    umm you realize that a classical guitar's fretboard is curved less than a conventional acoustic guitar right?

    I took a Aluminum bolt and since i make my own bolts i used an aluminum cutter and cut the bolt into small pices and used 2 of my boughters hair bands lol. and it works great makes a good like glass bottle slide also lol....

    could a human arm bone be used rather than a marker? and as for the rubber bands... what about kitten pelts?... hahaha, i'm kidding... as far as you know! ;D no really though, this hepled!

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    thanks man! and, by the way, that would look kickass! i'd personally go with like, a finger bone, since an arm bone seems a tad long and heavy, though i'd be worried about the inward curve...maybe if you found yourself a nice bonesaw and straightened it out a bit.

    well, personally i was thinking more along the lines or a rib, to be quite honest.. one of the smaller ones.. it's lightweight, small, straight... ish... yea! that'd work pretty well... now all i have to do it contact one of my resources... do you know a dr. lector?

    Most people's finger bones would be too short, and a rib would have an annoying curve, but one of the metacarpals of the hand or metatarsals of the foot would probably work.

    i used a magic marker and a rubber band from those moon shoes, and it worked