D’Addario Planet Waves Ratchet Capo:
Here is my very first acoustic guitar capo, the D’Addario Planet Waves Ratchet Capo. This capo is primarily designed for use in 6 stringed guitars. It has a ratchet mechanism design that clicks to lock. It just simply snaps into the right pressure while setting the desired position in the fingerboard. The more you press the lever together the tighter it gets. To release the capo, there is a quick-release lever to unlock and open the lever. This is very light capo since the material is plastic and rubber.
When I did the unboxing and demo video for this capo, I was not yet familiar in the proper use of this guitar accessory. That was the first time I have seen and tried it out. I recommend that capo be placed very close to fret to get the best tone and avoid fret buzz as per Planet Waves suggestion. I used this capo for demo together with my Epiphone AJ-220S acoustic guitar. This is an entry level capo that works well for the price.
At the time of writing, this capo is available in Amazon.com. Click this link to view more information as well as read reviews by other users of Planet Waves Ratchet Capo. My only concern on this type of capo design is that sometimes the mechanism tends to pull the strings sideways when tightening the arm. This causes intonation problem on the guitar as the sideways stretch makes the strings sound sharp. I would recommend to check all the strings if they are straight right after placing the capo on the fretboard or fingerboard. This will elimination intonation problem while you are playing. You will notice in my video that there is a bit of intonation issue.
The images below are the snap shots taken from my YouTube video on my channel Edwin-E. I have included the link to on the images that will open an Amazon page for this Planet Waves Ratchet Capo where you can read some users’ reviews and comments.
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