#1
I have a very nice G7th acoustic guitar capo that I use a lot, but it sucks for partial capos. It sticks out a lot and is more susceptible to slipping off than most other capos I've used. Something that has interested me for a while is how Andy Mckee uses a banjo capo to cover top 4 strings in Rylynn. Would a banjo capo be able to cover up to 5 strings? (that's usually what I use partials for). If it can then theoretically they would be the worlds best partial capos.

My current guitar is about 1.69" at the nut, but I'll be getting a Lowden soon, which I believe to be 1.77" at the nut. (I don't usually use inches, but I'm assuming most UG users are from the US) Shubb capos list their banjo capos as 1.5", though ideally you don't want the metal of the capo touching the neck. In theory it should work, but for all I know in practice it could be another story. If anyone has experience doing this I'd greatly appreciate the input.
#3
I'm not interested in spider capos or normal capos that only cover some strings for a few reasons.
1. They're pricey
2. It makes playing on the fret not fretted difficult because there's a bar covering it
3. It makes sliding behind the capo impossible for the same reason
#4
It seems like it should work. Is the fretboard radius similar? I used a Planet Waves NS Lite to make* partial capo.

http://www.daddario.com/pwProductDetail.Page?ActiveID=4115&productid=501&productname=NS_Capo_Lite


They are small, light, fairly inexpensive, and easy to modify. Also, I happen to prefer screw capos to Shubbs, but since you will only be using it on one particular fret, that isn't a big deal.

*Mine is open D to open Ebm, done by removing a piece of the pad over the 3rd string
#5
Quote by Tony Done
It seems like it should work. Is the fretboard radius similar?


Not too sure. There are 2 options, flat or radiused, though it would obviously be a banjo radius. Not too sure if that would really matter though, as when you use a regular capo as a partial it loses it's radius accuracy too anyways. So no real loss in that regards (works for Andy Mckee at least, and in the Rylynn and Shanghai video that both use this capo, he's also using a Lowden).
#6
Don from D'Addario here - we just introduced a few new partial capos at NAMM - you can find the full list here. I used to cut up capos to make them work for my needs but its so much easier to have them premade - except now i have all these other capos cut to bits and pieces

http://www.planetwaves.com/pwCapos.Page?ActiveID=4096
Don Dawson
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D'Addario / Planet Waves
#7
Quote by ddawson2012
Don from D'Addario here - we just introduced a few new partial capos at NAMM - you can find the full list here. I used to cut up capos to make them work for my needs but its so much easier to have them premade - except now i have all these other capos cut to bits and pieces

http://www.planetwaves.com/pwCapos.Page?ActiveID=4096


Thanks for that Don, the drop tune capos actually look like a good bet. I especially like the slim profile of the NS Drop Tune Capo and it allows me to still slide behind the capo, and the extended lower arm is a really good idea. Can these also do 4 string capos well ie 6th to 4th?
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