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ssilver996 - Posted - 08/05/2008:  09:03:31


Hi all

i just received a Beard Capo as a gift (I have been using something else, I don't recall who makes it) and as I struggled getting it on and off the guitar, I found that with the plastic cap over the underside allen wrench 'wings' it tended to make the guitar sound a bit dead, not bright and mellow liek wtihout the capo.

Do you leave those cear tubes on the capo? Is there a trick to getting it sound more like I think it should? (ie, like without the capo?)

SS

Life is mostly Attitude and Timing

El Dobro - Posted - 08/05/2008:  09:12:20


Do you have a pic or link of the capo?

ssilver996 - Posted - 08/05/2008:  10:08:25


Not much to see, but here is the link

beardguitars.com/Merchant2/mer...ry_Code=C

SS

Life is mostly Attitude and Timing

El Dobro - Posted - 08/05/2008:  10:26:23


The plastic tubing stays on. It sounds like it's not tightening as much as it should. Capos on resos usually don't give you the open string sound, but they should get close.

Beard Guitars - Posted - 08/05/2008:  12:01:51


It also may be over tightened. That's a sure sound killer. You should just snug it up. Feel free to contact me if there is a problem.



Howard Parker
Beard Guitars, LLC
howard@beardguitars.com
301-733-8271

Dobrofanatic - Posted - 08/05/2008:  13:30:02


I think the Beard capo is great, but it would even be better if it somehow clamped down to the neck. The way it floats on the strings with no connection to the instument dulls the sound, in my opinion. Years back I modified one so that it had a spacer on the bottom between the capo and the fingerboard, and I used a rubber band to clamp it down to the fingerboard. The sound improved greatly. Howard, you can have that redesign idea for free!

harperk31794 - Posted - 08/07/2008:  05:36:02


When I use a capo (which is very seldom) I use a sheerhorn capo but have used the beard and found both to be great, just the beard was a little more hardware than I liked on top of the strings the Sheerhorns are a little thinner. I have a friend who uses Elmer Bradley's capo, it is pretty popular with top end reso pickers like Jerry D, Sally Van Meter, and some others, you can find them by googling "Bradley Capo". They go for about $65.

Ken

IFKAD, So Easy a Caveman can do it.

kimmattis123 - Posted - 08/07/2008:  08:30:47


I have 2 capos a shubb [big, unweildly, almost worthless] and and old LENO- its like the sheerhorns- great little capo- I dont know if they still make them.

KSM

El Dobro - Posted - 08/07/2008:  15:33:19


I'm pretty sure the Leno is history. I've been using a Fluxcapo for about 27 years now. Works for me.

Don
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exdmd - Posted - 08/08/2008:  08:27:40


I have two capos, a Scheerhorn Flux and a new Shubb. Once the Shubb is adjusted to the right string height, it goes on quick and provides a more solid sound than the Flux. You do need steel frets for the Shubb, it won't work with inlaid frets. Works great and costs $25.

bris48 - Posted - 08/09/2008:  06:40:02


I have tried The Beard and had the same results as SS and ken,, sometimes it sounded dead on a couple strings and sometimes it just sounded muffled... Then I tried a Scheerhorn and well lets just say it ain't for me and it was WAY OVER PRICED>>>>
Now I have a WALWORTH I bought it at Bean Blossum this year and it is the greatest one (for me) easy to use(one handed) and it gives the best sound when used (no dead strings or muffled sounds)
Bobby

RedLine Resohead

El Dobro - Posted - 08/09/2008:  08:03:17


The only other capo I'd like to try is the heavier Scheerhorn. So far, I haven't run into anyone that has one yet.

Don
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WRM - Posted - 08/09/2008:  14:39:09


I have both a Leno and the 'Horn (non-flux) capo. I think that they both do a good job of retaining tone on a dobro. I can't tell any difference between the two as far as tone goes. I find the Leno is slightly easier to attach to the strings than the "Horn capo.

The only other type that I have tried is one that attached with a wing nut on top. You had to thread it between the third and fourth strings, then turn the bottom part 90 degrees, and then tighten the wing nut down. If you tightened it too much, you could make flat spots on the strings (don't ask me how I know).

Ivan Guernsey claims that the Bradley is the best capo for dobro that he has tried. He says that you can put it on with one hand while holding the bar.

bris48 - Posted - 08/09/2008:  19:49:10


You can put a WalWorth on with one hand and no dead strings or lose of tone

RedLine Resohead

El Dobro - Posted - 08/10/2008:  11:04:11


One thing I didn't like about the Leno was that when removing it you had to hold it so it didn't spring and smack the neck. Someone saw it sitting in my case and offered $40 for it. Sold!

Don
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bris48 - Posted - 08/11/2008:  17:40:45


The thing I disliked about the Beard is; took 2 hands to operate, and always deadened 1 or 2 strings, and I did try different things (adjustments)

RedLine Resohead

banjomon - Posted - 08/12/2008:  10:40:05


I use the newer and heavier Scheerhorn capo and am quite pleased with it. Yes - it takes 2 hands to pop on but this is not an issue as far as I'm concerned. The Scheerhorn is very well made (of solid brass) and it does not mute or deaden the strings at all. It works very well up and down the neck and is great for changing the sound up.

DougB - Posted - 08/13/2008:  08:50:10


I am using a Bradley and a Wolworth. I got the Wolworth at Bean Blossom too, Hey Bris I see you got the other one they had. I dont find any tonal or volume difference between the two and IMHO I think they are better than the rest. I had a Beard and sold it after a AB test. Beard guitars are great not so on the capos. The Wolworth is lighter and fits better in my shirt pocket but I still use em both. Elmer Bradley is great to deal with. The Scheerhorn I tried just wasn't quite as good. Pickngrin, D.

El Dobro - Posted - 08/13/2008:  17:50:33


quote:
Originally posted by banjomon

I use the newer and heavier Scheerhorn capo and am quite pleased with it. Yes - it takes 2 hands to pop on but this is not an issue as far as I'm concerned. The Scheerhorn is very well made (of solid brass) and it does not mute or deaden the strings at all. It works very well up and down the neck and is great for changing the sound up.





Besides my old Fluxcapo, I have the Scheerhorn copy of it. One of these days, I'll run into someone with one of the heavier ones and see if I like it. I don't mind using two hands to install them, afterall I use two hands to play the dobro.

Don
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