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Leaving Capo on

Post by BrentB » February 16th, 2012, 12:35 pm

Is it bad to hang up my acoustic (old Gibson J 45) with the capo still on. I don't, but am wondering????

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Re: Leaving Capo on

Post by almann1979 » February 16th, 2012, 1:28 pm

As far as I know it won't do any harm at all :D
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Re: Leaving Capo on

Post by tinsmith » February 16th, 2012, 5:00 pm

I always thought it wasn't good for the neck....it could leave a groove or string grooves......maybe just an old wives tale.

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Post by NoteBoat » February 16th, 2012, 5:23 pm

I've noticed that if I leave a capo on a guitar for a couple of days it changes the tone. I figure it may be crimping the strings over the fret, which will change the overtone distribution, but I've never really experimented with it - I just don't do it anymore.
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Post by Chris C » February 17th, 2012, 1:02 am

Hi BrentB,

I also use to fret, just a little, that leaving the capo on might - well - fret the frets just a little, or something like that.... :)

But I'd forget and leave it on anyway - sometimes for days at a time - and have never noticed a problem. I imagine that leaving the strings fractionally more stretched than usual might have some tiny effect, but then so does stretching and rubbing the strings while I'm playing, or putting the capo on for an hour or two when I'm using it. So might leaving it in an alternative tuning, etc. Most things you do in life have some small effect, but it's usually not worth worrying about. Just walking to the fridge to get a beer probably fractionally wears my knee joints, but I don't lose any sleep over it.

I have several guitars, including a couple with nylon strings which don't get played much. One sits on a stand and the other on a hanger. And just occasionally, one or the other will quietly break a string, without having been touched at all! Usually the D string. No matter what you do, or don't do, strings won't last forever anyway.

So I don't worry to much. I live with whatever happens, and whatever's convenient, and just change the strings regularly every couple of years -whether they need it or not... :wink: :wink:

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Re: Leaving Capo on

Post by Cat » February 17th, 2012, 1:23 am

"Fret the frets"??? Geez, Chris! :?

Nah! I can't see how it would hurt...

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Post by Rocket Dog » February 17th, 2012, 3:34 am

No, I've never found it to be a problem other than I can't find it when I want to put it on another guitar, so these days I always take it off so I know where it is.

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Post by Chris C » February 17th, 2012, 7:18 am

Rocket Dog wrote:these days I always take it off so I know where it is.
You're a brave man, Sir! :) Taking one off more or less guarantees that I'll put it down somewhere and lose it.

So I have 4 capos, of different makes, and I never, ever, know where all 4 are. Capos tend to be black - just like the amps, cases and gig bags that I usually leave them on or in, so they just quietly vanish like chameleons. Sometimes for weeks on end. The only one that I can always find is a butt ugly stripy black and orange thing that looks like a sea slug with elastic that you stretch round the neck. Nobody ever wants to use it, so it's been sitting in the same place for years - patiently awaiting the day when the other three all vanish at the same time...

I have two black tuners too. At least I did have.... somewhere.... once....

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Re: Leaving Capo on

Post by MatthiasYoung » February 17th, 2012, 9:22 am

Best to clamp it on the headstock if you're concerned about having it readily available. With constant pressure on the strings, it'll definitely have an effect on those.

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Post by 1armbandit » February 17th, 2012, 10:46 am

I'm in agreement. I don't leave my capos clamped to the neck but I wouldn't worry about it if I did.
I have a Glider cpo on my main guitar and that parks right behind the nut. It will leave dents from the strings in the rubber after awhile but they go away when I start rolling it around. I would worry more about kinking strings than damaging frets or the capo.
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Post by jwmartin » February 17th, 2012, 11:09 am

MatthiasYoung wrote:Best to clamp it on the headstock if you're concerned about having it readily available. With constant pressure on the strings, it'll definitely have an effect on those.
That's where I learned to put mine after losing 2 or 3 of them.

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Re: Leaving Capo on

Post by Ricochet » February 18th, 2012, 12:51 pm

I think it might leave a mark on the neck finish of some guitars. For that matter, the plastic or rubber covers of guitar stands can mar nitrocellulose lacquer finishes.
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Re: Leaving Capo on

Post by imalone » February 18th, 2012, 4:37 pm

I think there's a real danger here, you might find you start trying open tunings too, from there it's a short step to slide guitar. Then lap steel. Before you know it you own a pedal steel guitar and are building ukeleles.
(Actually I think maybe worries about the finish should be considered.)

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Post by Chris C » February 18th, 2012, 4:59 pm

I think that a pattern is emerging here......

If you're the sort of person that likes everything "just so", then you're probably going to feel more comfortable taking your capo off right after use and having a special place where it lives. You're probably also more likely to to do things like keep your guitars in cases or on stands, buy cleaning products for them, change strings regularly, store it in a case and detune it a semitone when you go away on holiday, consider buying a humidifier, etc. All fine things to do.

However, if you have a more casual approach to life, don't clean your cars or your guitars from one month to the next, and expect your instruments to go with the flow of your fairly easy going attitude.... then you probably won't care all that much whether your capo stays on the neck or not. You won't fuss too much about any small marks - however caused - or whether anything might affect frequency of retuning. You probably think that Willie Nelson's famous guitar "Trigger" shows enviable "character" and simply "fair wear and tear".

I don't think it actually matters a damn which camp you're in provided you enjoy your music. :D I have a foot in both camps, but the older I get the more I head in Willie's direction...

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