Capo is an extremely useful tool for guitarists. When using the capo to grip the strings 3-4-5 at fret 2, it will produce an Esus chord. There are two popular types of capo, Kyser, and Shubb. Both are designed to create Esus chords. I have experience using both types of the capo. In this article, I will show the characteristics of Kyser and Shubb and help you answer the question between Kyser and Shubb, which one is better.
Overview of Kyser Short-Cut Capo and Shubb c7b Capo
Shubb c7b Capo
The Shubb c7b Capo was launched in 1996, and this was a partial capo. Shubb c7b Capo is made from brass (the word “brass” is abbreviated to”b”) and is designed for one size and does not have a “deluxe” roller mechanism.
This type of capo has a bronze screw on the back that adjusts the opening of the capo to match the thickness of the guitar’s neck. Once you have regulated it, you simply turn on and off the capo cap.
Kyser Short-Cut Capo
In 1999, Kyser part capos were widely available, and quickly gained the interest of some guitar players such as the singer or songwriter. Kyser part capos are designed in the form of spring clamps and molded from enamel-painted aluminum.
What you need to know about Shubb c7b Capo
As mentioned above, the Shubb capo has a very simple construction, so when using this type of capo, the left hand of guitarists will not be hindered. Moreover, thanks to this compact design, for audiences in the warehouse far from the performers, they will hardly know that guitar players use a capo.
Besides, this type of capo is also very easy to carry and store, you can put it right in the pocket of a shirt or pants. The truth is that I’ve been using Shubb capo for about 10 years now and it still works fine.
When using the Shubb capo, you will not need to worry too much about the tension of the strings. For example, when you hook the Shubb capo to your guitar and then to another guitar, it still works and the guitars sound smoothly and in tune.
Capo Shubb c7b clip pins are longer than Kyser. However, this can become a drawback if you clamp this type of capo on a close guitar such as the electric Fender. Conversely, if you use this type of capo for a wider neck guitar, or even when you are clamped near the neck of the guitar, you will find that the length of the Kyser capo is not enough to cover all three strings.
However, Shubb capo can help you hold more strings, for example, for a classical guitar, it is effective at a 12-string or fret 2. Besides, you can easily adjust or trim Shubb Cap with common items at home. If you want to adjust the clamping foot so that it clamps less wire, you can trim its grip with the saw blade without using specialized tools.
One disadvantage of Shubb capo is that it does not have a detailed manual as other types of the capo, so users will have to learn how to use it themselves. After many times, new users can master this type of capo and draw experience for themselves. From there, you will also create many types of capo clips to create interesting and varied sounds.
The second drawback is that this type of capo cannot be attached to guitars that have a thick neck. Therefore, what you need to do is alter the screw of the capo. This will be a hindrance to live performers on stage. Specifically, when they want to switch from fret 2 to fret 7, they will take time to change the capo’s screw.
In my opinion, the Shubb Capo’s rubber grip is quite elastic so it lessens the sound. Moreover, after a long time of use, this rubber layer is stretched due to the impact of heat and must be replaced. However, thanks to the use of rubber clamps instead of wooden clamps, I obtained a better sound when holding the octave mandolin on a 12-wire pair with Shubb Capo.
The strengths and weaknesses of Kyser Shortcut Capo
Kyser Capo gives users superior flexibility than Shubb Capo. Guitar players can easily rearrange Kyser Capo at the guitar neck without any size problem like Shubb Capo.
The rubber that attaches to Kyser Capo’s feet creates a very captivating sound. However, it is quite difficult to clamp Kyser Capo into the unison (8 strings) or mandolin.
With a two-handle design, you won’t need to screw Kyser capo screws to modify. You just need to press and grip it on the guitar.
Instead of looking in your pocket or putting a table next to the stage to place a capo, you just need to clip the Kyser to the headstock or the belt and easily store this capo.
For narrow neck guitars such as Fender, Kyser Capo is the best option because it fits perfectly in this type of guitar, so you will not need to cut it like Shubb Capo.
Another advantage is that Kyser capo is designed with a variety of colors. If you play in a band, the combination of different capo colors will impress the audience and show the style of your group.
Similar to Shubb Capo, you won’t get a manual when you buy Kyser Capo. There are no detailed instructions on which guitar you will put the capo. All you need to do is learn from people who have experience using Kyser Capo and experience it for yourself.
Kyser Capo will get looser over time. Even the new Kyser Capo will be difficult to grip 12-strings.
The foot of the Capo Kyser Short-Cut are shorter, so it cannot grip all three strings, as the string distance has a tendency to enlarge at the neck of the guitar. Moreover, if you use a classical guitar, the capo will not be able to meet your needs if you want to clamp to fret 2.
Kyser Capo’s styling is also a limitation. It is not as eye-catching and compact as Shubb Capo. Your hands will even hit the capo if you are not completely proficient. This can be a hindrance when you perform live.
When clamping with Kyser Capo, it will be difficult to alter the pressure of the strings. At that time, the sound of the guitar will be slightly distorted and you may get in mischief with excessive tension. To solve this problem, you can bend the rubber part of the capo a bit.
This will ease the tension and help to keep your guitar in tune. To do this, place your thumb on the lower rubber at the lever and bend it about 1/4 inch.
In short, both types of capos have different advantages and disadvantages. I hope through this article you will learn more about Shubb Capo and Kyser Capo to choose the right type of capo for your guitar.