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Kyser Capo
by adessmith on 2012-11-18 17:58:43.2700

Hi again,

You can probably tell I'm super excited about my 59 coming tomorrow. I keep asking questions for which I should probably just wait until tomorrow and I'll have all the answers.
HOWEVER, Just curious about this.

I always used a Kyser quick change capo until the last solid body I purchased.
I bought a schecter C1+ with jumbo frets, and found the non adjustable tension of the spring loaded capo pulled all the strings sharp, so I got a shubb... Great capo, and can be adjusted to keep your guitar in tune (as long as the intonation is good).
Its a great capo, but I loose it all the time, and its difficult to change with one hand between songs quickly.

I noticed the JTV has jumbo frets also, and I've always thought this was the culprit...
Anyone use a PHYSICAL capo on the JTV? If so, what kind and did you have any problems?

I know I'll probably occasionally want to use the mags with a capo. I like the fact that I can keep the kyser clamped on the headstock.

Re: Kyser Capo
by thegreatoz on 2012-11-18 18:27:54.8530

I use a Planet Waves which has adjustable tension on my JTV-69 and it works quite well.

I remember how anxious I was when I was waiting for my Variax; you're going to have a really good time!

Re: Kyser Capo
by silverhead on 2012-11-18 18:28:49.6560

Good anticipation!

I have found that the jumbo frets on my JTV59 cause tuning and intonation problems even without a capo. Unless you have a really light touch (I don't) I think you will notice it. The capo will keep the guitar in tune with itself, but will probably pull it sharp relative to other instruments.

My JTV59 is with a techician right now for refretting. I am having the jumbo frets replaced. I just can't get used to them, and can't play lightly enough to avoid the problem. But don't get me wrong - I love the guitar and I can't wait to get it back with this issue resolved. Nor do I regret/l ament the additional cost. Any new guitar needs a setup anyway; the additional fretwork is just something I need to do to personalize my setup.

You're going to love the JTV59, even if you decide you need to do what I've done.

Re: Kyser Capo
by davidb7170 on 2012-11-18 18:34:19.1050

I use a physical capo all the time. One I used for a long time is the Planet Waves NS Capo -- a screw type. The one I use now is the G7th Performance Capo -- it's a clutch type -- press it and it stays at that pressure until you let off on its lever that releases the clutch. Another I used for years was the Shubb. All of those are good. I'm used to using capos for years, now. I use the JTV special tunings mostly for down tuning -- drop D, down a half, drop Db, down full step, etc. But for up tunings, I get used to playing a lead in a cetain position, and habits die hard. Never was a fan of the Kysers, and other squeeze on's because you can't adjust the tensions and they go on so darn tight. The G7th is quick, no muss no fuss. I got fast with the Planet Waves screw type, too.  You just have to find the one that works best for you. You just make them tight enough to note true with no muffling and no buzzing...

Planet Waves:




Re: Kyser Capo
by adessmith on 2012-11-19 05:47:33.8770

At home waiting on the big brown truck!

I've played a guitar with jumbo frets for several years now, and I've gotten used to the lighter touch required.
It has become a part of my technique... Sometimes I "want" to bend the note a little sharp for a slight slow vibrato and do so by adjusting the pressure on the string.

Might take some adjusting though when I am playing acoustic models (I tend to squeeze the snot out of my acoustic), but then the intonation on my acoustic has always been horrible.

With the thicker neck of the 59, I'm sure it will take some time to adjust.

Re: Kyser Capo
by klarkkentster on 2012-11-26 09:49:27.4100

Wouldnt the Virtual capo suffice?     I sure hope so..thats one of the reasons I'm buying I can be done with the retune dance after capo placement

Re: Kyser Capo
by YirWaffy on 2012-11-26 10:59:12.8750

Virtual Capo works in most situations, but not all. For example this 12-string thread:">">

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