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When it comes to Capos, we are, as they say in South Louisiana, “serious as a heart attack!”  We think they are almost an essential part of an ukulele players “trick bag”.  They’re especially useful on longneck instruments like ours, and on the bigger ukes, but can be of great help, especially to vocalists, on any ukulele, standard or longneck, big or small. The offerings for the Ukulele were not the greatest.  To fill the gap, we made our own; a very nice adaptation of the traditional flamenco capo-cejilla.  We felt it was the best option. Still, when we looked at the Shubb Capos, we always thought how nice it would be if they made one for the Ukulele.  Well, now they do.  And in addition to the “Original” formulation, there’s now a “Lite” version that takes care of the smaller models.  We have now retired from the capo-making business.  Look at the article at the bottom from Shubb - you’ll see why these capos work so well.

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First of all, we selected the entire line of Shubb Ukulele Capos.  We think we are unique in that regard, and we think there’s a place for them all.  Here’s where we put them: Original” or “Lite   Here there are a couple of considerations.  If you or your Ukulele have a whimsical outlook, the various colors are only available in the Lite Series.  The Original is brass only.  The Original brass is also heavier.  We don’t find that to be a problem for Baritones or Tenors.  Smaller than that, it will depend on the balance of the instrument.  Avoid the Original on somewhat head-heavy small ukuleles.  That’s why Shubb builds the Lite models. In addition, some may like to match fret wire with their capo.  In the Lite series, the Silver color does that for standard fret wire.  We, for example, use “Evo Gold” wire, and like the Original or the Lite Gold for our instruments. Flat or Radiused  If you take a look at the article below, you’ll see why, in most cases, the flat should be the choice.  The rubber material is soft enough to conform to all but a pronounced radius.  With our fretboards, for example, they are hand shaped to a very slight, finger-natural “J” shape, as opposed to the machined radius seen so often today.  We use the flat capo, even with our slight curve.  If, however, you have a very obvious machined and uniform curve to your fretboard, then the radiused capo should be your choice.  Again, the flexibility of the material will accommodate a variety of curvatures.  

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INTONATION — A capo's greatest challenge                                                                    Any capo can casually claim that it “doesn't put the ukulele out of tune”                                                        but we really mean it, and we take it very seriously!    Of course, to even begin to address tuning issues, a capo must be totally adjustable. This narrows the field a bit, but Shubb is not the only adjustable capo. So what makes a Shubb so special?  When we developed our capo, our main job was to minimize or eliminate the need for retuning. We accomplished this by designing 1. a unique material that acts just like your fingertip 2. a patented closing action that works exactly like your hand 3. a one-time adjustment that provides the ideal pressure every time. 1. Like your fingertip Most capos use a material to press the strings that is too hard. It bends the string over the fret, stretching it sharp. The thicker the string, especially wound strings, the more drastic the effect.   We worked with a laboratory to scientifically formulate a special, custom rubber material that behaves just like the flesh of your fingertip. It allows the string to sink into the rubber just enough for it to relax, and not get stretched across the fret. Meanwhile, the metal rod inside acts like the bone in your finger to back up the resilient rubber.  Result: the strings are NOT STRETCHED OUT OF TUNE!   2. Like your hand Another reason that most capos cause tuning problems is the manner in which they engage the neck. They pull the strings to one side, stretching them sharp. Some strings get stretched more than others. Retuning does not solve the problem, because the strings’ own tension is still trying to pull them back into line under the capo, and any retuned strings will be worse when the capo is removed. Because the Shubb Capo closes onto the neck just like your hand does — not like a clothespin, or a belt, or a vise, or a pair of scissors or pliers — there is no sideways pull on the strings.  Result: the strings are NOT PULLED OUT OF TUNE!     3. Consistent, repeatable pressure  Unique among adjustable capos. Other adjustable capos require that you manually apply the same amount of pressure each time you use them. With the Shubb, you can "set it and forget it." Once the adjusting screw is set for your instrument, you will get the same, ideal pressure each time. ....................................................................... Fretted instruments are not perfect machines. And no capo, not even a Shubb, can make these imperfect machines perfect. But the ultimate achievement of a capo is to effect the strings in exactly the same manner as your fingers. This is what the Shubb Capo does far better than any other.

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 The Shubb Lite Series Ukulele Capos

The Original Shubb Ukulele Capo

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