The Shubb Capo for Dobro* and other brands of resophonic guitar.
Unlike other Dobro* capos that attach only to the strings, the Shubb clamps solidly to the neck to provide great tone. It uses the same patented locking action of our Shubb guitar capo, and it aligns by touching the fret, not by eye, making it fast and accurate.
This is the best capo ever put on a resophonic guitar. It is NOT for use on Weissenborn style guitars with hollow necks, because their necks are too deep and too fragile.
Is your action a little higher? The “dobro piece” (that goes between the strings and the fretboard) on our regular dobro capo can be set to either 3/8″ or 7/16″. But if the action on your instrument is higher, and requires a 1/2″ inch “dobro piece,” that is available. See the “string action” dropdown list above.
*”Dobro” is a registered trademark of the Gibson company. This capo was designed with the cooperation of the Gibson company to fit on Dobro brand guitars. For about a year it was packaged with the Dobro logo, and marketed by both ourselves and by Gibson. In addition to fitting Dobro brand guitars, it fits most guitars that are commonly referred to (generically) as dobros — also known as resonator or resophonic guitars — as long as they are set up to play “Hawaiian style,” using a bar, with high string action (3/8″ – 1/2″ above the fretboard).
When you first get your capo, it is set up for the most common configuration: string action of approximately 3/8 inch, and a relatively slim neck. It is likely that this setup will be just right for your instrument, and will require no adjustment. But if you feel that some adjustment is necessary for the best fit, you can adjust the capo for higher action and/or thicker necks.
Adjust for STRING HEIGHT:
To adapt the capo to higher action (7/16″) you will remove the Dobro piece, rotate and reverse it, and reattach it.
(We refer to the part of the capo that goes between the strings and the fretboard as the “Dobro piece.”)
If your instrument has even higher action, and 7/16″ is not tall enough, we can provide you with a 1/2″ piece.
Adjust for NECK THICKNESS:
You can rotate the black rubber sleeve a quarter turn to affect the capo’s closing action to best suit your neck. When you receive your capo, the sleeve is set for a slim neck (left). If the closing action seems too tight, even after adjusting the capo’s set screw, then you can rotate the sleeve (right) to accommodate a slightly thicker neck.