Strap On Guitar Capos

strap capo

The Strap on guitar capo is a simple type of capo, created using two components that are a bar covered with rubber and a strap.  The rubber covered bar is placed directly on top of the strings and then the strap is wrapped tightly around the back of the guitar’s neck while being attached to either end of the bar.

The strap ensures that the bar is held tightly against the neck of the stringed instrument, which in turn ensures that the bar stays in place while being used and when the bar is in place the strings continue to remain fretted.

In the popular varieties of strap-on guitar capos, the strap may be made using certain materials such as elastic or fabric. The tightness can be adjusted by adjusting the strap.

It is also possible to find complex or more advanced versions of the strap-on guitar capo and in such advanced versions; the strap of the device is usually created using a semi-flexible plastic. This plastic connects to the capo’s bar on one side and on the other side a ratchet system is set in place to adjust the tightness of the bar.

The simpler strap-on guitar capos that were made of elastic or fabric were one of the first versions used by guitarists mainly because such versions were cost effective and they ensured that the same amount of pressure was placed across all of the fretted strings. However, conventional strap on capos had disadvantages such as, straps that are made to stretch, will suffer wear and tear after some time.

Photo of Dunlop Strap Capo

Dunlop Strap On Capo

It is important to ensure when attaching the strap capo that you ensure the rubber bar is straight across the strings with the strings evenly spaced and the position is just behind the metal fret.  I tend leave a gap of about 2 or 3 millimetres between the edge of the rubber and the fret.  An incorrectly positioned capo will give an obvious unnatural twang to the sounds of one or more of your strings.

Although very inexpensive, Strap on capos do tend to have a limited shelf life and most likely will eventually wear out and snap.

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