How to Make Your Own Guitar Capo

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How to Make Your Own Guitar Capo
Capos are commonly used on acoustic guitars. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A capo is a common guitar accessory that fits across the neck of a guitar. The capo holds down the strings of the guitar, which shortens their vibrating length, thereby raising their pitches. Musicians often use capos to be able to play songs in a key that is more comfortable for them. If you suddenly realise that you need a capo on the spot or you happen to lose yours, you can create a makeshift capo that will fill in until you can purchase one.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Handsaw
  • Rubber bands

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  1. 1

    Cut a wooden pencil with a handsaw so that it is slightly wider than the width of your guitar's neck. Place the pencil on a flat surface as you saw.

  2. 2

    Place the cut pencil over the fret that you want to capo.

  3. 3

    Wrap a rubber band around one end of the pencil.

  4. 4

    Stretch the rubber band behind the neck of the guitar and wrap it around the other end of the pencil.

  5. 5

    Strum the guitar to see whether the pencil is clamping down all of the strings. If you hear a buzz, then you need to add more tension by adding more rubber bands to hold the pencil in place.

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