7.25” radius for some (but not most) vintage electrics
When the Shubb capo was first introduced about 40 years ago, guitarists throughout the world fell in love with it. They’re still in love with it today. We’ve given it a few tweaks through the years, but its basic mechanical principle remains the same: a unique over-center locking mechanism that provides an unrivaled combination of power, speed, accuracy and ease of use. One smooth flip of the lever locks it securely in place, and removes it just as quickly.
And the Shubb capo is BY FAR the best at not creating tuning problems. Its soft, resilient rubber is specially designed to work just like a fingertip, so it doesn’t bend the strings over the frets. Its closing action is just like your hand, so it doesn’t pull the string off center. As a result, no re-tuning is necessary!
When we say that the roller provides superior geometry, we really mean it. Beyond the advantages that are immediately apparent, read more about this…
Capos continue to come and go, but the fact remains for the guitarist who is serious about quality and intonation…nothing but a Shubb will do.
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.