It isn’t always the easiest thing to get excited about capo design. But in reality a good capo is critical to the quality of your sound. A cheap capo throws things out of tune, can cause rattles and buzz, and just plain get in the way. I recently received a sample capo from Shubb, and I was impressed.
The Shubb capo design is much improved from the too common spring and handle capo design that most if not all guitarists have used. The capo is designed to mimic the mechanics and ergonomic contours of the human hand, and it succeeds. The barring arm of the capo is slightly curved to match the shape of the finger on the fretboard, and has rubber that grips the strings perfectly. The back side is designed to mimic the pressure from the thumb on the back side of the neck.
Unlike the spring capos, the Shubb distributes the pressure evenly over all strings so you achieve perfect tone all the time. I also really like the fact that there isn’t a handle so your hand doesn’t feel crowded near the capo.
The only downside to this capo is that you cannot quickly clip it on to the headstock like I have become accustomed to with the spring-style capos, which is how I keep track of my capos.
Shubb capos come in a variety of colors and models. Shubb has a 12-string model of the capo but there standard capo works great on my 12-string.