Whether you need a capo for your acoustic, electric or classical guitar capo, D’Addario has the right fit. Check out all our capo innovations and patented designs, which are sure to make changing keys a breeze.
All capos work pretty much the same way—by applying tension to the strings across the fretboard of the guitar. Since they all functionally do the same thing, one single capo can work on multiple instruments—and different capos can work on the same instrument. However, there are slight differences in capo design, which are good to know, so you can feel confident in picking the right capo for you.
The D’Addario Tri-Action and Artist capos are trigger capos. They are constructed with a spring which automatically clamps down on the neck. They’re easy to use, adjustable, and let you change position quickly. The only difference between the two D’Addario trigger capo designs is where the handle falls. The Tri-Action handle sits behind the neck, while the handle of an Artist capo points in front of the fretboard. This means one is easier to move with your fretting hand, and one is easier to move with your strumming hand.
Screw capos feature a small dial which adjusts how much tension is placed on the neck of the guitar. Its design lends itself to having a much lower profile. While it may take slightly longer to dial in the appropriate pressure, you’ll barely notice a screw capo there on the neck, in your pocket, or in your gig bag.
Cradle capos are a premium option for players who are very particular about their tension. The unique self-centering design applies even, consistent pressure against every string, assuring there is no buzz. It can also live on the neck of your guitar, behind the nut, so whenever you need it, it’s there.
A capo may be a small tool, but it can have a big impact on your playing. With our Lesson Room resources, you can learn all there is to know about guitar capos. If you want to better understand the sonic and melodic changes that come from a capo, check out How to Use a Capo on a Guitar. If you’re interested in how capos physically operate to change the pitch of a guitar’s strings, take a look at What Does a Capo Do For a Guitar. And if you want to learn how to place the capo correctly to get the best sounds, read How to Put a Capo on a Guitar.