Shubb C4 Curved Nickel Capo
Since 1980 the Shubb capo has set the standard against which all others must be measured. It is the first choice ... often the only choice... of more than a million musicians worldwide. Once the serious guitarist has discovered the Shubb, he'll never settle for anything less.
What makes the Shubb capo so special? For one thing, its ingenious design: a patented locking action which provides an unrivalled 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 doesn't create 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!
Precisely machined of brass and carefully hand assembled, a Shubb capo is manufactured without compromise. Simply holding one in your hand conveys a sense of quality. Snapping it solidly onto a guitar neck, and then removing it, all within about one second, will confirm its reputation for excellence.
Shubb Capos for 7.25" radius fretboards
The Shubb capo models C4, C4B, C4k, and S4 are made to fit a fretboard radius of approximately 7.25 inches (as opposed to our standard steel string models, which can nicely accommodate a radius ranging from 9 to 16 inches).
So which guitars have these fretboards? Ah, that is the question. There tends to be a fair amount of confusion about the radius of guitar 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 C1, C1B, or S1 capo.
Fender guitars are often associated with radically curved fretboards, 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 radically curved 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 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 soft and forgiving, and depending on your string gauge and action, it can accommodate the difference between these two curves.