TomBro-Capos #1 

The TomBro-Capos #1 are made in one man garage machine shop and sold almost exclusively it seems on Ebay. Company PR says "They are simple yet an effective design and quick to adapt to your Squareneck Guitar. The string height must be at least 3/8 inch above the frets. They are designed for guitars with necks that are up to 2-1/4 inches wide, (the fret length).They ship with two brass thumb nuts…and a second pair of muting sleeves". Buy on Ebay.

Price; $27.50

Pros; cheap and simple design 

Cons; they look a bit lightweight to maintain good sustain and volume. They also look very close to the frets on a dobro. Weissenborn wise but there is no customer feedback from users available as yet.

TomBro Capo#1

Walworth capo

A favourite of Dobro player Rob Ickes this capo uses a floating solid brass design and a pivoting bar for even string clamping pressure. You set clamp pressure adjustment ONCE (with an Allen key), then forget about it (that's what the PR says anyhow). Lever activated with one hand from above.


Buy it @
http://www.jdmc.com/product/2-WAL-RES.html

Price; $50

Pros; can be customised to your instrument and easily to install.

Cons; fiddly initial set up that is not then able to be passed to another instrument without going through initial setup again.

Walworth Capo

GM Capo

A new take on the tried and tested brass under/over clamping design. I haven't read any reviews for use on a Weissenborn but my main concern would be even pressure along the bar as its only tethered at one end of the bar and not both ends (or middle like the Beard), and also it looks very heavy at one end which I imagine could cause some knocking issues on the fingerboard possibly. The jury is out on this one at the moment as far as Weissenborn users are concerned.

Price; $50

Pros; heavy brass for good sustain and adjustable.

Cons; looks cumbersome (neigh ugly) and unbalanced and no Weissenborn user feedback reviews as yet.

Website @
http://gmcapo.com/index.html

Buy @
http://elderly.com/accessories/items/GMRGC3.htm

GM Capo

Elmer Bradley capo

A similar design to the Beard in as much as it has a under string rubber sleeved bar that clamps upwards onto the strings. The main difference is the lever mechanism on the side of the unit that acts as the clamp activator instead of a turn screw. It is also made of steel not brass.

Price; $65

Pros; great sustain.

Cons; may not be suitable for capoing over the 7th fret as the lever action may interfere with the Weissenborns flared neckline.

Website @
http://www.johnnybellar.com/store.aspx

Elmer Bradley Capo

Woodshed Capo

One of the newer products on the market that claims to be a multi slide instrument capo. Made from tone wood and brass it clamps the strings upwards onto a thin brass strip bolted to the leading edge of the capo making for an upside down brass nut in effect.

Price; £25

Pros; cheap

Cons; no Weissenborn user reviews to comment on as yet, jury is out.

Buy on Ebay.

Website @
http://woodshedcapos.com

YouTube video @ 
http://youtu.be/56eOUfqHBrI

Woodshed Capo

Scheerhorn Flux 

Predominately made and used with Dobros (and a Jerry Douglas favourite) but can be used on a Weissenborn. A thin solid brass block slides under the strings and a rubber sleeved bar clamps on top of the strings. But if you're mainly a dobro player who dabbles in Weissenborn this may be for you as its great on Dobros and good on weissenborns too.

Buy it @
http://www.elderly.com/accessories/items/FLUX.htm

Price; $45

Pros; if you're a Dobro player in the main this maybe a better all round capo for you as it's designed for a dobro first and fore mostly. 

Cons; the bottom of the brass block can knock on fingerboard if you played too hard.

Scheerhorn Flux Capo

Charlie's Slide Pro Capo

A relative new design and product on the market made by Charles McClary. The stainless steel design uses a 'pattern pending' sliding wedge to fix the capo to the strings instead of a turn screw or clamp. This makes it very easy to fit one handed. Uses a similar under string bar system as a Beard which means it's a 'floating' capo and doesn't touch your precious finger board. Made from steel not brass which may not be tonally to your tastes on a Weissenborn.

Website @
http://www.charliescapo.com

YouTube video review by Aron Radford @

https://youtu.be/YMAI8FAeXlE

YouTube video review by Troy Brenningmeyer @
https://youtu.be/xlZhRJhGeeQ

YouTube video by its inventor Charles McClary @
http://youtu.be/Me83xN_RXmk
http://youtu.be/TNtHg1EKAqA

Price; $85

Pros; one of easiest capos to fit one handed, great weight and sustain, great on Dobros.

Cons; a bit pricey at $85 but it could just be the last capo you ever buy.

Charlie's Slide Pro Capo

Martin Gross Custom Weissenborn Capo

These capos are custom made to fit your individual Weissenborn, important when you realise that string heights on Weissenborns vary from instrument to instrument (especially modern day builds). The importance of this 'custom' factor becomes apparent when you see the design. A solid brass bed snugly slides under the strings and a hinged bar clamps on top of the strings. This system anchors the capo (and strings) to the fingerboard and gives increased sustain, tone and volume as a result. This capo in actuality acts as a new solid and fixed brass nut. So the string height is crucial and has to be measured on your Weissenborn and sent to the manufacturer when ordering.

Price; €50

Pros; very bright and lots of volume, custom made to fit your instrument, money back guarantee if you're not satisfied with the finished product. One handed fitting is easy and quick.

Cons; quite pricey, some retuning of strings needs to be done after installation to achieve optimum tuning, or there is an adjustment nut that can be fine tuned with some initial set up time and tools. Can only used for the one specific instrument it was made for. 

Website @
http://www.martingross.com/capo.htm

YouTube video review by Aron Radford @
http://youtu.be/oflW01bu1DE

Martin Gross Custom​ Capo

Beard 'Wave' Capo

This is an updated version of the 'original' Beard capo with a bigger turn screw on top, same principle as original, same pros and cons as original. The main difference is its made from steel which will give a crisper, brighter tone which isn't what all Weissenborn players are always looking for (but great for Dobro players). 

Price; $60-$75 (depending on metal finish)

Pros; looks more modern and up to date, but there are no extra pros over the original Beard.

Cons; considerably more expensive than original Beard at $60-$75, gives a brighter tone not always suitable for a Weissenborn player.

Buy it @
http://elderly.com/accessories/names/beard-%22wave%22-capo--BDC2.htm

​Beard "Wave" Capo

Beard 'Original' Capo

Still a real favourite amongst many Weissenborn players today. This design is tried and tested over two and half decades and it scores well in the price stakes too (€34 or $39) and although a bit fiddly to fit on the fly (needs two hands free in reality) it benefits from not touching your fingerboard (it's floating) which makes it a practical choice for anyone with an original 1920's Weissenborn. The rubber sleeved under bar clamps upwards with a top mounted turn screw to give you control over tension, the strings are pushed upwards into a bone block which gives good tone and sustain. A rubber or leather strip behind the strings helps dampen unwanted harmonics. Made from solid brass it's got good weight and therefore gives goodish volume and a warmer tone over the updated steel 'wave' model.

Price; €34 or $39

Pros; simple, relatively cheap, effective with goodish sustain, can be used on Dobros.

Cons; can be fiddly to fit, can knock onto finger board if you are a heavy handed or a vigorous player.

Buy it @
http://elderly.com/accessories/names/beard-%22original%22-reso-guitar-capo--BDC1.htm

Buy it @
http://www.weissenbornguitars.com/beard-capo

Beard (Original) Capo

I often get asked at TWiE about capos for weissenborns and thought it was about time TWiE did an "in-house" user guide on the subject. So here I have researched and collated information and links on most of the popular (and in production still) capos that are SUITABLE for use on a Weissenborn.


NB; Putting a capo on a Weissenborn will always result in a lose of sustain, volume and tone to some degree so don't go hunting for one that doesn't, because they all do it's all about what ones minimise this problem and best suit your needs and pocket.

 

Please also note that although there are many more capos available on the market for Dobros and square necks they are not all necessarily suitable for use on a Weissenborn and there fore not listed below. A Weissenborn is a unique instrument design and the box construction of the neck and the high string action coupled together with the flaring body starting at the 7th-9th fret make most commercially available capos unsuitable for practical use on a Weissenborn.
 

So listed below are the Weissenborn friendly ones that are still "in production" as there are countless designs that have come and gone over the years and no longer available and so are not listed. An interesting note is that Shubb possibly the words largest and most brand popular guitar capo making company don't offer a Weissenborn specific capo in their range, quite bizarre don't you think?
 

If you know of (or manufacture) any other Weissenborn friendly capos that are commercially available to order or purchase then please let us know and we will happily add them to the guide. So in no particular order......