Whatever style acoustic guitar you play, D’Addario acoustic guitar capos hold the key. Choose from Artist capos, Tri-action capos, and Cradle capos (great for bluegrass), to get the clearest tone across the board.
Most capos function the same way—they apply tension to the strings across the fretboard. Since they all do a similar thing, one single capo can work on multiple acoustic guitars—and different capos can work on the same acoustic guitar. However, there are slight differences in how different types of capos are designed. These differences are good to know, so you can feel confident in picking the right capo for your guitar and your playing style.
The D’Addario Tri-Action and Artist capos are trigger capos, which work well on acoustic guitar. They are constructed with a spring that automatically clamps down on the neck. They’re easy to use, adjustable, and let you change position quickly meaning you can jump from key to key in no time at all.
Screw capos feature a small dial which adjusts how much tension is placed on the neck of the acoustic 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, which can lend a cleaner style to your acoustic.
Cradle capos are a premium option for players who are very particular about the tension they have on the neck of their acoustic guitar. 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 acoustic 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 acoustic guitar capos. If you want to better understand the sonic and melodic changes that come from using a capo on your acoustic guitar, 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.