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Woodies G Band Two String Partial Capo

Postby Jathon Delsy » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:45 pm

Have any of m'learned friends an opinion on the Woodies G Band Two String Partial Capo - because I want something to capo the top two strings of my guitar at the first fret, creating a tuning of pure fourths.
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Re: Woodies G Band Two String Partial Capo

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:08 pm

For the price I'd probably just buy it :thumbup: I'm a huge fan of partial capo's but in this instance I would just retune the B and E to C and F.
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Re: Woodies G Band Two String Partial Capo

Postby Jathon Delsy » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:32 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:For the price I'd probably just buy it :thumbup: I'm a huge fan of partial capo's but in this instance I would just retune the B and E to C and F.


Actually I retune the low four strings down a semitone to achieve a full fourths tuning, as I don't want to add any extra tension to the neck and strings by further tightening any strings, also this will make string bending difficult. But I want a quick solution for live work, so hence my interest in this partial capo. Are there any other partial capos that you or anyone else recommends?
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Re: Woodies G Band Two String Partial Capo

Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:46 pm

Why would you use 4ths tuning if you don't want the intervals constant up and across the neck? The reason I use for partial capo's is the opposite, to allow open tuning flavours like 'drop D' and 'DADGAD' while still being able to play 'normal' chords/lines further up the neck.

I do see the attraction of 4ths tuning but it is all about chords and scales etc having the same shapes wherever on the neck you play them (which a partial capo won't achieve).

A semitone on the top strings will barely be noticeable when bending or WRT extra tension unless you already run fairly heavy gauge strings, I have 10s on my electrics and 11's or 12s on my acoustics (except the Rob Aylward Selmer style which seems to work best with 10s but is a 670mm/26.5" scale).
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Re: Woodies G Band Two String Partial Capo

Postby Jathon Delsy » Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:18 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:Why would you use 4ths tuning if you don't want the intervals constant up and across the neck? The reason I use for partial capo's is the opposite, to allow open tuning flavours like 'drop D' and 'DADGAD' while still being able to play 'normal' chords/lines further up the neck.

I do see the attraction of 4ths tuning but it is all about chords and scales etc having the same shapes wherever on the neck you play them (which a partial capo won't achieve).

A semitone on the top strings will barely be noticeable when bending or WRT extra tension unless you already run fairly heavy gauge strings, I have 10s on my electrics and 11's or 12s on my acoustics (except the Rob Aylward Selmer style which seems to work best with 10s but is a 670mm/26.5" scale).

Yeah, I thought of that after posting my previous reply. Of course, with a partial capo the chord and scale shapes will still be the same as the original tuning. What a twat I am!
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Re: Woodies G Band Two String Partial Capo

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:05 pm

Jathon Delsy wrote:What a twat I am!

:D far from it, we've all had similar moments (well I have, several times).
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Re: Woodies G Band Two String Partial Capo

Postby resistorman » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:53 am

Actually, I like to buy capos and carve chunks out of them to change tunings. I’ve seen people with 2 or 3 modified capos on their guitars at once. You can practice on cheap ones :)
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Re: Woodies G Band Two String Partial Capo

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:19 am

Yes, I've done that too, I have a 'DADGAD' modified Planet Waves mandolin capo with my X7 just 'cos it's black and matches the guitar (how sad is that :D )
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