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D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo

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Ned Steinberger, the famed product designer, worked with Planet Waves to design this innovative patent-pending capo. The result is a capo that's stro...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

Planet Waves reinvents the capo.

Ned Steinberger, the famed product designer, worked with Planet Waves to design this innovative patent-pending capo. The result is a capo that's strong yet lightweight with one-handed operation that allows extremely precise intonation. The NS Capo is made of a sleek, ultralight aerospace aluminum that adds virtually no weight to the neck of your guitar. Plus it has a smooth micrometer screw to ensure the perfect pressure for buzz-free performance at every fret. Works with 6- and 12-string guitars with a simple, convenient single-handed operation that makes it perfect for any guitarist, whether you're a beginner or a professional.

FEATURES
Ned Steinberger/Planet Waves collaboration
Strong yet lightweight
One-handed operation
Allows precise intonation
Ultralight aerospace aluminum
Micrometer screw for buzz-free performance
Works with 6- and 12-string guitars
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D'Addario Planet WavesNS Aluminum Screw Type Capo
 
4.7

(based on 117 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (99)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (77)
  • Good quality (68)
  • Functional (65)
  • Improves sound (41)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (51)
  • Concerts (42)
  • Back-up (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (51), Professional musician (18), Novice (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Planet Waves Rocks!

I used many capos and still own at least 5 different types and I prefer this capo. It's lighter, completely adjustable for any neck, it is easy and quick to apply and take...Read complete review

I used many capos and still own at least 5 different types and I prefer this capo. It's lighter, completely adjustable for any neck, it is easy and quick to apply and take off, well made. I just love the company Planet Waves is a very innovative company and I think their designers are great.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good While It Lasted

I bought this capo to use as a songwriting tool, I found it to have an accesible price, a nice look and a solid feel. I must have used the capo almost every...Read complete review

I bought this capo to use as a songwriting tool, I found it to have an accesible price, a nice look and a solid feel. I must have used the capo almost every day for around 7 months, sometimes for hours, sometimes just to see if a song sounded better in a different key.

The capo broke after around a year, it did a very good job of staying "in tune" and never slipped off, etc. One day, while tightening the wheel to adjust the pressure while putting it on, I heard a snap and when I looked I saw that the rod which the adjustment screw rides on had snapped at the tip. I was very sad to see it go since I did enjoy the design.

I opted for another company's capo in this price range, this NS capo is a great concept, I think it would benefit from stronger materials.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good While It Lasted

By Glenn "Help Me Carry This Amp" Jimenez

from San Juan, PR

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Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Practicing

Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

I bought this capo to use as a songwriting tool, I found it to have an accesible price, a nice look and a solid feel. I must have used the capo almost every day for around 7 months, sometimes for hours, sometimes just to see if a song sounded better in a different key.

The capo broke after around a year, it did a very good job of staying "in tune" and never slipped off, etc. One day, while tightening the wheel to adjust the pressure while putting it on, I heard a snap and when I looked I saw that the rod which the adjustment screw rides on had snapped at the tip. I was very sad to see it go since I did enjoy the design.

I opted for another company's capo in this price range, this NS capo is a great concept, I think it would benefit from stronger materials.

(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Excellent Capo

By Douglas Gallardo Jr

from Everywhere

Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

I am highly satisfied with this purchase, and have already recommended it to friends. I recommend it to anyone looking for a quality capo that won't get in the way.

The only other thing I need to state is that when you are not using this capo, you have to take it off and put it somewhere. With a spring loaded capo, I would clip it on the head of the guitar, in case I needed to used it again. I suppose you could find a way to make this one work in a similar fashion, but it would take longer to put it on and take it off, then adjust more to get it to fit over the neck again.
The thumb screw used to tighten this capo, combined with the very fine threads, make for a pleasant experience when screwing it into place, and allow for very precise control of the tension on the strings. The bar covering the strings is just a bit longer than the fret board on my guitar, which means that it doesn't get in the way as much as all of the spring-loaded capos I have used in the past, especially when playing a B7, or any other chord which requires all fingers. The padding on the inside of the capo is soft enough not to damage the finish on any part of the guitar's neck, yet firm enough not to allow fret buzz.

I gave it a 9 only because I couldn't choose a different size that was just a cm or so shorter, to avoid getting in the way completely. Otherwise, this is the best capo I have ever owned.
I haven't owned this capo for very long, so I don't know what the durability or life expectency is, but the construction and selection of materials is high quality. I don't expect to have any problems with it any time in the near future.
A really great product for the low price.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Finally a capo that works well

By Jim the Player

from Princeton, IL

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

      I've owned and (reluctantly) used capos for more than 40 years, and every style you can imagine: elastic-band style, the big clamp-on kind and the horse-shoe shaped ones. They're a pain to put on and take off, and you have to fiddle constantly to get all the strings to ring clear and true, but there's that certain song (you all have one) that you just can't get the sound you want any other way. I've put up with them as a necessary evil, so when I discovered this little jewel I was very pleased! Lay it on the neck, turn the knob maybe half a turn, and start playing. It clamps without excessive force, it's small enough to not get in the way too much, and it's not all that fussy about placement, so it's very forgiving if you need a little extra room, a little farther from the fret.

      I ordered one on a whim. I recommend that you order one on purpose!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Easy to use

      By Jim Sharon

      from San Antonio, TX

      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

      I don't play professionally anymore, but enjoy recording on the GarageBand program on my iMac just for me. And, I don't always use a capo. However, when I do I don't like the hassel of getting the thing set just right and having to tune up again. The short time I've used the NS it has worked like a dream. Glad I bought it.
      Simple one hand operation. It easily went from my acoustic to my strat to the jazz box. Didn't have to do a bit of tuning correction. I've tried several capos over the years (still have one that I bought back in 1963) and this one is by far the best.
      Light weight. Well consturcted. Easy to attach with one hand. Leaving your other hand free for a sip of beer between songs.
      I've paid more for capos that are collecting dust or have been given away.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The least capo for the best job.

      By Kenneth

      from undisclosed

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      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

      My first requirement is that the capo not interfere with chord shapes. The best for this, I thought, was a cast capo with a sector gear and screw, but this one is lighter, takes up less room, and it interferes the least of any medal capo.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Capo I've Ever used!

      By Johnny Fever

      from Carlisle, Iowa

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

        Why hasn't somebody thought of this before? Although I use both hands to install it, once in place, it doesn't require all the fidgeting and adjustment needed to obtain a clean sound, unlike the other types of capos I've used, especially the trigger or spring clamping types.I just hold it in place and tighten the screw sufficiently to hold it securely and it works perfectly. Makes no difference that it doesn't readily clamp to the headstock (it maybe handy, but personally I think it looks tacky).Superbly designed and made from high quality materials, I can use this capo on both my 6 & 12 string guitars up to at least the 7th fret and the micrometer screw adjustment allows me to apply just the right amount of pressure to obtain a clean, clear sound without applying so much pressure as to pull the strings out of tune. Combine this with the slim,thin design that doesn't interfere with my fingering (even bar chords) and you have what I believe to be the most functional capo I've ever used! I've even purchased one designed for use on my banjo. I really hope they NEVER stop making these...I'll use them forever!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Planet Waves Rocks!

        By Siren Guitars

        from Londonderry NH

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

          I used many capos and still own at least 5 different types and I prefer this capo. It's lighter, completely adjustable for any neck, it is easy and quick to apply and take off, well made. I just love the company Planet Waves is a very innovative company and I think their designers are great.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best capo design!

          By Tommys' Blues

          from Northern Arizona

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • Only One You Need

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Any Time You Need A Capo
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

            Got my first one included with a used guitar purchase. I no longer use anything else. These are small and accurate. Easily and quickly adjusted. Other capos always seem to get in my way. These are as close to "not being there" as I have been able to find. I watch others using capos that have spring loaded handles and they always seem to be fidgeting around with them trying to find just the right spot so they fret all the strings yet not put them out of tune. With this capo, simply place it right behind the desire fret and turn the micro adjustment knob until the strings are touching the fret. if any strings don't ring true, turn the knob another 1/8 to 1/4 turn.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Attention acoustic players

            By Kk

            from Columbia, SC

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            Pros

            • Does Not Go Out Of Tune
            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound
            • Tension Adjusts Easily

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

                This capo is the best I've used on my acoustic. It was recommended by another musician in our praise band. When I use this capo, I have the ability to fine tune the sound, as the adjustment knob is applied. Great item. The best accessory around!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Capo for staying in tune

                By nilknarf007

                from Atlanta, GA

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

                    If you need a capo that allows you to stay in tune up and down the neck, this is it. It's not a quick change capo, although you can easily change positions in 10 seconds with practice.

                    This capo allows you to put just enough pressure on the strings to solidly fret the strings, but not so much that you bend the strings out of tune. Particularly useful if you need a capo on an instrument with jumbo frets.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Best One I Have

                    By ArmyRNVet

                    from Winchester, VA

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

                      I haven't found a capo yet that doesn't affect tuning in some way but the Planet Waves capo is the best of the ones I've tried. My Kyser capo definitely raises the pitch on my strings a fair amount. I also have a Shubb capo that raises the pitch as well, but not as much. I find that the Planet Waves capo raises the pitch on my strings the least of all, and sometimes not at all. For practice purposes then, I find I don't need to retune my guitar with the Planet Waves capo because it is "close enough" as far as I am concerned. It's easier to use than the Shubb and more compact than the Kyser which tends to stand out too much for me when it's on the guitar neck. There is one more brand of capo I might try in the future but for now Planet Waves is my first choice.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Superb Capo:

                      By Steve Kunkel

                      from Minnesota

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                      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

                      I've owned and tried many styles of capos, but this Planet Waves is by far the best. It's compact, easy to move up and down the neck and holds the strings down snug without intonation problems. I would recommend this Capo easily.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome Capo!

                      By Fretz McGill

                      from Los Angeles

                      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

                      I've been a fan of "screw type" capos for many years. I used to use one called "victor". It was heavy brass but was really good. The rubber kept falling off those victors so I bought this. This capo blows it away. It's REALLY well made, very light and works perfectly.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best Capo Ever

                      By UpstateTeleMan

                      from Upstate New York

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                      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

                      I am a working musician, and this thing is great. I have one, on one guitar, all of the time. I am picky, so, this guitar gets tuned after the capo goes on, as I tend to tighten it up pretty hard, as I tend to get a little active on stage. This guitar gets it placed on the second fret, as alot of my songs are in those chordings. The second one is in my pocket for any other fret placing songs. Quick, easy, and never goes out of tune, unless your frets are wore pretty bad, and you have to tighten more in certain spots. If that's the case, you have more problems than just a bad capo!!! Buy this capo, you will not be disappointed.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Love this

                      By Steve-gIEwJ

                      from Illinois

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                      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

                      being the owner of three different makes of acoustic guitars, taylor, ibanez, breedlove, this works great on all of them. I own 3 of these, one keyser capo and one dunlop capo. I get no buzz whatsoever from this capo, some with the others. this is so light, it's like it's not even there. I prefer a capo who's lever stays out of the way, which is why I use the keyser the least. This has no lever which is another reason why I like it so much, nice even pressure across the fret, like i said no buzz. Wear a shirt with pocket, leave it there when doing a song without it. you won't know it's there being so light(can't say that about any other capo) and you don't have to worry about it not clipping on your headstock.
                      simple as it gets
                      no problems, as light as it gets
                      little cash for a great capo

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great capo for twelve string

                      By Joe

                      from Glenside PA

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

                          This is a great capo for twelve strings. I buy one for each and keep it in the case so I can never forget it. Only down side is you can't really clip it to the headstock when you're not using it.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Love this capo!

                          By Mickey

                          from Allentown, PA

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

                            I love this capo. The reason I initially bought it is because of its spare design; it does not get in the way of your left hand, especially when playing barred chords. It is extremely lightweight and simple to use. The tightening screw is easy to apply and requires only slight adjustment to function. It enables you to dial in just the right amount of pressure without over-tightening, thus avoiding sharp pitches. The only reason I didn't give this capo a fifth star is because it is not as convenient to clamp onto the top of the headstock or a mic stand when not in use like spring-loaded capos which operate one-handed.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            A solid capo

                            By Doug

                            from Houston, TX

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Quality
                            • Improves Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

                              I used Kysers for decades and always had trouble getting a good angle on the neck for proper pressure, especially after they have a few miles on them. The screw type capo gives me the control have exactly enough pressure on the strings. I also find that I'm not re-tuning my high or low E strings as I re-position as much. It even tamed my girlfriends Taylor Mini GS. Not being able to clamp it to the headstock when not in use was a bit of an adjustment, but I just tuck the bar end in my pocket now.I now own three.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              2.0

                              not working on 12 string

                              By pop

                              from boston

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                              • Not Functional

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

                                love the small size and worked great on 6 string.. but I bought it for a 12 string and I can't clamp it tight enough to hold the light strings.. tried repositioning but no good on 12 string...

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great design...simple operation

                                By Rocky

                                from El Paso, TX

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Functional
                                • Good Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves NS Aluminum Screw Type Capo:

                                  When you get it on where you want it, you'll notice how precise it is.

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