Real Gear Reviews for the Worship Minded
Who in their right mind would spend 45 bucks on a capo? This guy.
I never thought I would make a statement like that. I mean, it’s just a simple contraption to help me cheat on key changes, right? If I’m playing lead on electric and not having to multitask on vocals and guitar, I can experiment with a variety of chord inversions up and down the neck and a capo isn’t that necessary. Here’s the thing, though – if I’m leading worship on an acoustic guitar, a capo is an invaluable tool that allows me to accommodate the variety of key changes different vocalists may require without having to abandon the open cowboy chords I’m accustomed to using. I’m confident my fellow worship leaders know this to be true.
I guess I should start by saying that ever since I brought one of these Performance 2 G7th capos (check out the official site here) home from the NAMM show a few weeks ago I haven’t touched one of the other 3 capos I own (and two of those are also made by G7th). I never really thought there were advancements to be made in the technology of a capo; all I knew previously was that I needed whatever I was using to be simple enough to change with one hand to minimize clunky transitions in between songs.
So what’s the big deal with G7th’s new Performance 2 capo? Simply put, they’ve made it thinner, lighter, and faster. I also own the previous incarnation of this capo (the Performance capo) and the 2 is seriously half as heavy and much thinner. Why does this matter? The 2 is so much more easier to maneuver up and down the fretboard without having to focus on what you’re doing. I’ve also had issues with the Performance capo not always sitting squarely on all the strings and sometimes having to re-position and clamp more firmly to eliminate the buzzing. I expected these issues to be even more pronounced with the 2 as it’s much lighter, but surprising enough, I haven’t had any such issues so far. I’m not sure of the specific technology involved in making this possible with something with so much less mass than it’s predecessor, but I’m a fan. I don’t claim to be a physicist, but G7th does a good job explaining the technology here.
The other big change G7th has made with the Performance 2 is that they’ve reversed their patented clutch mechanism which makes it a lot easier to operate with just your forefinger and thumb. The original Performance capo took some practice (at least for me) to operate with one hand, but the 2 has no such learning curve. I’m not sure it’s dummy-proof, but it certainly is easy.
I’m aware that at this point it probably sounds like I don’t like G7th’s original Performance capo, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I actually learned to like it quite a bit. It was just that it was an acquired taste. The Performance 2, on the other hand, doesn’t require any such effort.
I realize that the price tag may put off potential buyers off at first glance, but I can’t emphasize enough that I’m glad I didn’t let that stop me from trying it out. One thing I’ve learned in my many years of being a musician is that it doesn’t pay off in the long run to skimp on gear, and if you use a capo often I don’t think you should skimp on that either. Especially after I’ve used G7th’s Performance 2. I won’t be changing back to using any other capo. You can’t make me.
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