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Top 10 Best Guitar Capos in the UK 2021

The capo is a trusty stead for guitar players, allowing them to change the key they're playing in whilst still being able to use familiar chord structures, as well as to simplify songs that would otherwise require more complex chords. These wonderfully simple accessories are used by players of every skill set, and are interchangeable on both acoustic and electric guitars. 


There's a surprisingly wide range of capos to choose from, which is where our buying guide comes in! We’ll take a look at the main questions you’re facing, help you answer them, and then point you in the direction of our favourites for beginners and pros alike. We've got all the well-known brands and options for every budget, which you can snap up from Amazon and eBay in a click.  

  • Last updated: 11-01-2021
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What Is a Guitar Capo?

What Is a Guitar Capo?

So, what exactly is a guitar capo? 


Essentially, it’s a small accessory that clamps over the strings on the fretboard of your guitar, which in turn shortens the length of the strings and raises the pitch. It's also worth noting that only the pitch of the open strings changes – the pitch of the notes played does not change. 


A capo can be placed anywhere along the neck, and there are many different styles of fixing them in place too, which is something we’ll look at in more detail later on. 


Capos can be made of different materials, though more often than not it'll be metal. And don't worry about damaging the strings or fretboard, as the arm that comes in contact with your guitar is often covered in rubber or silicone. Phew! 

How to Choose a Guitar Capo in the UK – Buying Guide

Now we’re all singing from the same sheet, let’s take a look at what factors to consider when purchasing a capo. We’ll be looking at the fastening type and the neck of the guitar you intend to use it on, alongside your experience and playing style. 

Choose a Fastening Style That Suits Your Needs

The most important factor when considering a capo is its fastening style. Here we’ll break each variety down and look at the pros and cons, so think about your budget and how and where you like to play. 

Spring Loaded Capos Are Quick and Easy to Use

Spring Loaded Capos Are Quick and Easy to Use

Spring-loaded are possibly the most common style of capo. They use, as you may have guessed, a spring-loaded handle that allows you to add or remove the capo with a gentle squeeze


They're easy to use, only requiring one hand, and therefore could even be taken off mid-song if you so wished. They’re also relatively inexpensive.


The downside is that the amount of pressure applied to the strings is not adjustable, which can result in a slight buzz if the strings aren’t pushed all the way down. They’re also capable of being knocked loose, so you won't be able to rock too hard if you have one on during a gig. 

C-Clamps Are Sturdy and Allow for Personalised Pressure

C-Clamps Are Sturdy and Allow for Personalised Pressure

C-clamp or 'clutch' capos are moved into place and then tightened by manually turning a screw, which then applies the pressure to the strings. 


They're typically smaller in size and the most robust and sturdy, so they're less likely to interfere with your playing and unlikely to move around, too. 


The obvious negative is that they’re not as interchangeable, and take longer to attach as they require both hands. This will be fine if you’re practising at home, but perhaps not as useful in a gigging situation

Toggle Capos Are Best for Beginners

Toggle capos are extremely lightweight. They consist of an arm, which is placed over the strings, and a notched string-like mechanism which you pull and tighten to produce pressure. 


They're another generally cheap buy, and are therefore probably the best place to start if you’re new to trying capos. 


The downside of their inexpensiveness, like most things in life, is that they're a little more flimsy and easier to break. Moreover, the tightening method tends to shift the pitch of your guitar slightly out of tune if you haven’t applied it correctly. 

Partial Capos Only Change the Pitch of a Few Strings Instead of the Whole Set

A more recent creation is the partial capo. These are used to change the pitch of only a couple of strings on your guitar, which will alter the options available to you and provide a wave of new combinations. You can even use them in conjunction with a larger capo! 


Partial capos tend to use a spring-loaded fastening system and are generally used by more advanced players. However, there is nothing stopping beginners giving them a whirl. 

Curved or Flat? Match the Capo Shape to Your Guitar's Fretboard and Number of Strings

Curved or Flat? Match the Capo Shape to Your Guitar's Fretboard and Number of Strings

You may also want to consider which shape of capo best suits the fretboard of your guitar. For instance, if your guitar has a low radius neck, such as that of a Fender Stratocaster, then a flatter capo will work better as it will provide a more equal pressure across all of the strings. 


Likewise, if your guitar has a slightly curved fretboard, which are mostly found on classical guitars, then you’ll want to pick up a curved capo


It’s fair to say that most capos will work on most guitars, but if you’re aiming for the ultimate tonal sound, then these little nuances will make a difference.

Curved or Flat? Match the Capo Shape to Your Guitar's Fretboard and Number of Strings

Whether you use a 6 or 12 string counts too – a guitar with 12 strings will have a wider fretboard, so it'll require more pressure. While the pressure can't be precisely quantified, we’ve noted whether each will work comfortably with 6 or 12 string guitars, or both, in our specification tables. 

Top 10 Best Guitar Capos in the UK

So without further ado, let’s have a look at some of the best capos available online today. Whether you’re a beginner itching to get started or an experienced player looking to upgrade, we’re sure to have a product you’ll find useful. 

10
StyleC-clamp
Shape/Fretboard SuitabilityCurved
String Suitability6 string guitars
Dimensions11.2 x 6.4 x 1 cm
9

Jim Dunlop14C Professional Curved Capo

£5.50

StyleToggle
Shape/Fretboard SuitabilityCurved
String Suitability6 string guitars
Dimensions12.7 x 9.1 x 1.8 cm
8

Jim DunlopTrigger Curved Capo

83C

£15.99

StyleSpring-loaded
Shape/Fretboard SuitabilityCurved (flat available)
String Suitability6 string guitars
Dimensions7.6 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
7
Shubb 12 String Guitar Capo 1

Shubb12 String Guitar Capo

£13.80

StyleC-Clamp
Shape/Fretboard SuitabilityCurved
String Suitability6 or 12 string guitars
Dimensions10.2 x 5.1 x 0.8 cm
6

KeyserQuick-Change Partial Short Cut Capo

£18.04

StylePartial & sping-loaded
Shape/Fretboard SuitabilityFlat
String Suitability6 or 12 string guitars
Dimensions17.3 x 10.2 x 1.1 cm
5

G7thNewport Capo 3-String Partial

£24.27

StylePartial & C-clamp
Shape/Fretboard SuitabilityFlat
String Suitability6 or 12 string guitars
Dimensions6.4 x 7 x 1.3 cm
4

Nordic EssentialsAluminum Metal Universal Guitar Capo

Pack of 2

£23.95

StyleSpring-loaded
Shape/Fretboard SuitabilityFlat
String Suitability6 or 12 string guitars
Dimensions9.4 x 8.9 x 3.8 cm
3

D'AddarioPlanet Waves NS Capo

£17.10

StyleC-clamp
Shape/Fretboard SuitabilityCurved
String Suitability6 or 12 string guitars
Dimensions10.2 x 5.1 x 0.8 cm
2

ShubbDeluxe Steel String Capo

£25.99

StyleC-clamp
Shape/Fretboard SuitabilityCurved
String Suitability6 or 12 string guitars
Dimensions10.2 x 0.8 x 5.1 cm
1
StyleSpring-loaded
Shape/Fretboard SuitabilityCurved
String Suitability6 string guitars
Dimensions17.8 x 11.5 x 1.8 cm

Compare the Best Guitar Capos

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1
G7th Performance 2 1

G7th

2
Shubb Deluxe Steel String Capo 1

Shubb

3
D'Addario Planet Waves NS Capo 1

D'Addario

4
Nordic Essentials Aluminum Metal Universal Guitar Capo  1

Nordic Essentials

5
G7th Newport Capo 3-String Partial 1

G7th

6
Keyser Quick-Change Partial Short Cut Capo 1

Keyser

7
Shubb 12 String Guitar Capo 1

Shubb

8
Jim Dunlop Trigger Curved Capo 1

Jim Dunlop

9
Jim Dunlop 14C Professional Curved Capo 1

Jim Dunlop

10
Paige P6E 1

Paige

Name

Performance 2

Deluxe Steel String Capo

Planet Waves NS Capo

Aluminum Metal Universal Guitar Capo

Newport Capo 3-String Partial

Quick-Change Partial Short Cut Capo

12 String Guitar Capo

Trigger Curved Capo

14C Professional Curved Capo

P6E

Features

An Award-Winning Capo With an Intuitive Design

A Top Quality Capo From a Reliable Big Name Company

Brilliant for Any Guitarist, but Particularly Classical Players

A Set of Capos for All Your Stringed Instruments

A Low Profile Partial Capo That Allows Ultimate Freedom

A Fast-Changing and Competent Partial Capo

For Those Looking to Heighten Pitch on a 12-String

A Fantastic Intermediate Capo for a Reasonable Price

The Budget-Friendly Capo

An Odd-Looking but Trusty and Effective Capo

Price£28.00£25.99£17.10£23.95£24.27£18.04£13.80£15.99£5.50£29.99
StyleSpring-loadedC-clampC-clampSpring-loadedPartial & C-clampPartial & sping-loadedC-ClampSpring-loadedToggleC-clamp
Shape/Fretboard SuitabilityCurved CurvedCurvedFlatFlat FlatCurved Curved (flat available)CurvedCurved
String Suitability6 string guitars6 or 12 string guitars6 or 12 string guitars6 or 12 string guitars 6 or 12 string guitars6 or 12 string guitars6 or 12 string guitars 6 string guitars6 string guitars6 string guitars
Dimensions17.8 x 11.5 x 1.8 cm10.2 x 0.8 x 5.1 cm 10.2 x 5.1 x 0.8 cm 9.4 x 8.9 x 3.8 cm 6.4 x 7 x 1.3 cm17.3 x 10.2 x 1.1 cm10.2 x 5.1 x 0.8 cm 7.6 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm 12.7 x 9.1 x 1.8 cm 11.2 x 6.4 x 1 cm
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Summary

And thus concludes our guide to the best guitar capos. We hope you have found this information useful in helping you to select the best capo for your needs and your guitar. Now go and write some killer tunes! 

Author: Lewis Clark

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