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Creative Tunings Universal Capo - SpiderCapo 

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The Creative Tunings SpiderCapo allows you to capo each string individually, making hundreds of open string tunings possible without re-tuning your i...Click To Read More About This Product

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Opt for open string tuning without the fuss of de-tuning with this Best In Show capo!

The Creative Tunings SpiderCapo allows you to capo each string individually, making hundreds of open string tunings possible without re-tuning your instrument. The guitar capo won the Best in Show award at the 2009 Summer NAMM trade show. With the SpiderCapo you can play all the bar chords and riffs you already know, plus unlimited new chords (which is not possible with standard tuning). You can also change guitar tunings while playing, finger above and below the capo, play melodies with open string accompaniment. You can easily use the Creative Tunings SpiderCapo in live performances and explore unlimited creative possibilities, new tunings, keys, harmonies, and textures.

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  • Fits all guitar fingerboards
  • Unlimited application for all styles of music and playing levels
  • An invaluable guitar accessory and creative tool for singer/songwriters
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Creative TuningsUniversal Capo - SpiderCapo
 
4.0

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (9)
  • Good quality (7)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

not an advanced player -but this is fun

Works as stated. The individual 'cams'[they call them "Nubs"can adjust to any string width, so it is universal. Of course you have to line them up...Read complete review

Works as stated. The individual 'cams'[they call them "Nubs"can adjust to any string width, so it is universal. Of course you have to line them up [duh!]. This is a plus, not a negative as stated in last review! I'm having a very cool time with it so I kinda have to answer to unfair criticisms.

The "Tabs" help with being able to take it on'off by feel, without looking. After 1/2 dozen times I am able to do this.
There is a red letter warning in the instructions to be sure the Tabs are above the Fingerboard before tightening.So,with common sense, no chance of damaging your instrument. Also I like that organic leather touches the guitar wood, not metal or plastic of other capos. Good job there.

The tunings are way cool. Yes, different from turning the tuning pegs for open tunings [which makes ALL fingerings unrelated to guitar fingeings]. This way can still use whatever guitar knowledge you have, AND have the open tuning to make new voicings and 'rubs'. I'm not an adanced player at all but I am finding my own sound. ...way cool.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Shattered Hopes

This capo was a brilliant idea that all but failed when put into practice. It took multiple tries and about ten minutes of tinkering before I got it to hold down ANY strings. When...Read complete review

This capo was a brilliant idea that all but failed when put into practice. It took multiple tries and about ten minutes of tinkering before I got it to hold down ANY strings. When I finally managed to get it placed right it worked like a charm.....until I tried to move it. I loosened the top screw almost to the point of falling off and it still would not budge. After a lot of effort it popped off and left indentations on the neck of my guitar. This product is bad quality, low performance, and over priced. Not to mention that it has the potential to damage your instrument.

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(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Shattered Hopes

By Nick Markham

from Tennessee, USA

Comments about Creative Tunings Universal Capo - SpiderCapo:

This capo was a brilliant idea that all but failed when put into practice. It took multiple tries and about ten minutes of tinkering before I got it to hold down ANY strings. When I finally managed to get it placed right it worked like a charm.....until I tried to move it. I loosened the top screw almost to the point of falling off and it still would not budge. After a lot of effort it popped off and left indentations on the neck of my guitar. This product is bad quality, low performance, and over priced. Not to mention that it has the potential to damage your instrument.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

not an advanced player -but this is fun

By Beth

from NY

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Creative Tunings Universal Capo - SpiderCapo:

    Works as stated. The individual 'cams'[they call them "Nubs"can adjust to any string width, so it is universal. Of course you have to line them up [duh!]. This is a plus, not a negative as stated in last review! I'm having a very cool time with it so I kinda have to answer to unfair criticisms.

    The "Tabs" help with being able to take it on'off by feel, without looking. After 1/2 dozen times I am able to do this.
    There is a red letter warning in the instructions to be sure the Tabs are above the Fingerboard before tightening.So,with common sense, no chance of damaging your instrument. Also I like that organic leather touches the guitar wood, not metal or plastic of other capos. Good job there.

    The tunings are way cool. Yes, different from turning the tuning pegs for open tunings [which makes ALL fingerings unrelated to guitar fingeings]. This way can still use whatever guitar knowledge you have, AND have the open tuning to make new voicings and 'rubs'. I'm not an adanced player at all but I am finding my own sound. ...way cool.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    design flaws

    By acoustidude

    from Jackson Hole, WY

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Not Functional

      Best Uses

        Comments about Creative Tunings Universal Capo - SpiderCapo:

        The treble strings won't depress on a curved fretboard (virtually all of them these days). Very frustrated with trying to use this device!

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Ehh..

        By trogdor1345

        from Charlestown, IN

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        Comments about Creative Tunings Universal Capo - SpiderCapo:

        Supposedly works great, but it never worked for me. It always failed to press the strings enough to capo, only creating the sense of muting. Definitely not worth the $$ I spent on it.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Endless possibilities...

        By AlexBrubaker

        from Elizabethtown, PA

        Comments about Creative Tunings Universal Capo - SpiderCapo:

        I feel like the title speaks for itself here. I'm a big fan of experimental guitar and this adds yet another dimension to playing.I would, however, like to add a few negatives:First off, it really can't be used much past the 8th fret. The base of it is too wide to go down further.Additionally, the higher the fret you have it on, the less control you'll have over it being in tune. If you're not flipping strings on/off with the capo mid song, then retuning will work just fine. Unfortunately, since you can flip strings on and off, I take advantage of that...Overall, this is a great little toy to have. More people need to think creatively and experiment with this kinda stuff.

        (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It does not change the tuning.

        Comments about Creative Tunings Universal Capo - SpiderCapo:

        It does not alternate the tuning, it just add complexity to the chord sounds. I like it very much, but it is not the same as having the guitar in a different tuning. Everyone who has one should know that. (Using the SpiderCapo, the intervals of each string are still the same.)The only thing that the SpiderCapo does is like having an extra hand that permanently plays only one chord.Example 1: SpiderCapo DADGAD is not the same as the Irish guitar tuning DADGAD.Example 2: SpiderCapo EBEG#BE is not the same as the slide guitar "open E" tuning EBEG#BE (try it).

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Kind of clumsy, could mar guitar neck

        By EricB

        from Milwaukee, WI

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        Pros

        • Alternate Tunings
        • Good Quality

        Cons

        • Can Damage Your Guitar
        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about Creative Tunings Universal Capo - SpiderCapo:

          This is an interesting idea, but I was dissappointed for several reasons. First, this is a whole different world of alternate tunings than the standard way. Not enough room to go into details, but it is not an "easier way" of alternate tunings, but rather creates a whole different world. This may be a positive for some palyers, but not what I wanted. Also, athough the build quality is good, you must line up each individual cam on each string, and I found the instructions for this process ambiguous and not helpful: There are some molding ridges on each cam that are supposed to help with this, but I found them useless and ended up having to line them up for each string by eye anyway. Very tedious. Even if you used it as a normal capo, which you can, it is much slower than a normal capo with all the string alignments, etc. So, no way would I use this for live performances. And the final straw that made me return mine, was the way it attaches to the neck. I came extremely close to damaging my $2000 Martin because of it. First, understand that the capo clamps onto the guitar neck with the strength of a small c-clamp using knob-type a thumb screw. There are 4 tiny, but ridgid, metal "tabs" that you can barely see (even though they painted one white) that are supposed to sit right above the fingerboard, behind the fret you're capoing. If you are off by even 1/32 of an inch and then tighten the screw, these will easily dig into you fingerboard causing damage. No thanks. All I can see is this product working for some virtuoso players in a studio environment.

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          SpiderCapo

          By Jed Burdick

          from Wisconsin

          Comments about Creative Tunings Universal Capo - SpiderCapo:

          Decent
          The spider capo was just ok. It seemed like it was really cheaply made and kind of disappointing, if they wanted to make a better profit they would make them better. And it was too over priced! But it's a good idea.

          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This thing is awesome!

          By BradyB

          from Salt Lake City, UT

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          Comments about Creative Tunings Universal Capo - SpiderCapo:

          I finally have an answer to constantly having to tune my guitar for different songs. Before I would have to use a standard capo and have it compress all but the E and A strings; not very efficient in that the capo would sometimes pop off while playing. With the Spider Capo it's like "programming" it to compress whatever strings you want. Not only is it much more convenient but it also unlocks so many more musical and influential possibilities. I can't give it a 5 star rating because I think it could be just a little less money for such a small piece of plastic, but still an awesome invention.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Useful Creative Tools for a Songwriter

          By skys3

          from Birmingham, AL

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          Pros

          • Customizable
          • Functional
          • Useful

          Cons

          • Plastic Hammers But Works

          Best Uses

          • Composing
          • Funky Tunings
          • Songwriting

          Comments about Creative Tunings Universal Capo - SpiderCapo:

          This capo, although some folks don't realize that it's made for all guitars, is very useful and works great. It's made of metal and has plastic hammers for fretting individual strings at a certain fret. Each hammer can be moved for wide fret boards or narrow fret boards...so yes it can take a minute to set up, but the product is designed this way to work for all guitars. This is not a quick change capo but is very useful when you record one guitar track and then want to record a second guitar with a different tuning. I highly recommend this product. It's so fun to use when being creative in songwriting. It could be improved with rubber-tipped hammers but this is still a worthy addition to any creative guitarist.

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