Less than half the weight of other Shubb capos. L4 is a good choice if your vintage Tele or Strat has the more extremely curved — 7.25″ radius — fretboard. Otherwise, one of our model 1 capos should be used.
The Shubb Lite is made of aluminum. It weighs less than one ounce. Is a Lightweight capo for you? Maybe. Some people associate a certain amount of heft with quality, while many others feel that a capo should be as light as possible.
Neither opinion is right or wrong; it’s a matter of choice. If a lighter weight capo is to your liking, and that of your instrument, then the Shubb Lite is definitely the capo for you!
Our model 4 capos are 2″ wide and more curved than our other capos. These are made specifically for vintage Fender Teles and Strats with 7.25″ radius fretboards. Note that MOST Fenders do NOT have this more extreme radius, and should use one of our model 1 capos.
Model 4 includes the following capos:
So which guitars have these fretboards?
First, it’s safe to say that the vast majority of guitars which MIGHT have a 7.25″ radius fretboard are electric guitars. But…
• Do all electric guitars have a 7.25″ radius fretboard?
NO! Most have a 9.5″ radius or greater, and should use our model 1 capos.
Fender guitars are often associated with a more extremely radiused fretboard, but…
• Do all Fender guitars have a 7.25″ radius fretboard?
NO! Even most Fenders have at least a 9.5″ radius.
Some people assume that a Tele or Strat has a more extremely radiused fretboard, but..
• Do all Fender Teles or Strats have a 7.25″ radius fretboard?
NO! There are so many models of Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster, most of which do not have this radical curve, that it is difficult to keep track of which has which curve.
• HEY! Wait a minute. Do ANY guitars have this curve?
Well, yes. SOME of the old vintage Teles and Strats, and some copies of these styles of guitars, DO have the 7.25″ radius fretboard. That’s why we made this model of capo.
the only way to know is to learn to identify by eye.
Kind of hard to see much difference here, isn’t it? But on your guitar, you can tell …once you’re used to looking at one or the other.
• What if you get the wrong one?
In many cases, this is not a big problem. The rubber on the Shubb Capo is so amazingly resilient that, depending on string gauge and action, it can often accommodate the difference between these two curves.