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TypePrivate Company
IndustryMusic instrument manufacture
FoundedCalifornia, United States (1974)
HeadquartersValley Ford, California, United States
Key people
Rick Shubb (co-founder), Dave Coontz (co-founder)
ProductsOriginal Shubb Capo
Shubb Capo Noir
Shubb Deluxe Capo
Partial Capos
Fifth String Capo for Banjo
Capo for Dobro
GS Steel
Shubb-Pearse Steels
Robert Randolph Steels
Axys Reversible Guitar Slide
Talon Guitar Stand
String Winder
Transposing and Capo Placement Guide
Logo Clothing
Music Software
Number of employees
Approximately 28
One of the 'original'-style Shubb capos

Shubb is a company that specialises in producing capos for all kinds of stringed instruments. The company was formed in 1974 by banjoists Rick Shubb and Dave Coontz.[1] Shubb capos remain a top-selling capo forty years after their invention.[2] Shubb wanted to create a capo that would not make his instrument go out of tune, which has resulted in ongoing efforts to refine his invention.[3][4] Since 2016 at least 80% of Shubb's Capos are manufactured in China.[5]

Capo design[edit]

The Shubb Capo utilises an over-centre locking action, which is lever operated.[6][7][8] The design includes a screw for adjusting the clamp's tightness, and has been described as "a turning point in modern capo design."[9]

Shubb capos are available in variety of models to fit different types of guitars, banjos, dobros, and ukuleles.[10][11] For example, there are Shubb Capos for Steel String Guitar which fit most acoustic and electric guitars; the Shubb Capos for Nylon String Guitar are designed for guitars with wide flat fretboards, etc. Furthermore, each model is available in different styles, namely Original (nickel-plated or plain, unplated brass), Capo Noir (black chrome) and Deluxe (stainless steel with improved roller design on the lever).[3][12]

The Shubb capo was introduced at the 1980 NAMM Show, and became a favorite on the Usenet acoustic guitar newsgroup.[13]

An advantage with using this type of capo is that it does not change the intonation in a way that makes the instrument difficult to tune, as it "mimics the grip of a human hand."[3][4] A disadvantage is that the rubber sleeve may wear, and may need to be replaced.[3]

The Shubb partial capos can be useful for playing fingerstyle guitar[14][15] and for playing in alternate tunings.[16][17][18]

The Shubb capo was featured in the 2007 Acoustic Guitar magazine's Player's Choice awards.[4]

Notable Shubb capo users[edit]

Notable users of the Shub capo include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rick Shubb". NAMM Oral History Interviews. June 20, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Shubb Capo Celebrates 40th Year: Patented Design Remains a Top Seller after Four Decades". Music Trades. February 1, 2014. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  3. ^ a b c d "Shubb Guitar Capo - Guitar Capos". Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  4. ^ a b c d "How Rick Shubb created the perfect capo for guitars - February 1, 2007". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  5. ^ "A brief history of Shubb Capos". Shubb Capos. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
  6. ^ "How to use a Shubb style Capo - Guitar Gear". Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  7. ^ "US Patent # 4,250,790. Capo -". Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  8. ^ "US Patent # 5,792,969. Capo -". Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  9. ^ Rooksby, Rikky (2003-07-01). The Guitarist's Guide to the Capo. Artemis Music Ltd. p. 11. ISBN 9781904411154.
  10. ^ Rooksby, Rikky (2003-07-01). The Guitarist's Guide to the Capo. Artemis Music Ltd. pp. 14–17. ISBN 9781904411154.
  11. ^ "Shubb L9 Lite Uke Capo". Ukulele Underground. February 28, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  12. ^ Waterman, Doug (December 18, 2009). "#6: Shubb Capo. SHUBB Deluxe S1 Capo for Steel String Guitar". American Songwriter. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  13. ^ Legg, Adrian (February 2009). "Capo-tastic! Playing Techniques". Performing Musician + Live Sound World. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  14. ^ Bennett, Stephen (2011-02-11). The Stephen Bennett Fingerstyle Collection. Mel Bay Publications. p. 6. ISBN 9781610651400.
  15. ^ Business 2.0. Imagine Media. 2007-01-01. p. 8.
  16. ^ Phillips, T.S. "Shubb Partial Capo". TSP Guitar, Accessories, Reviews. Retrieved 2015-08-20.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ Proctor, Chris (2005-02-01). Chris Proctor Guitar Collection. Alfred Music Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 9780757936838.
  18. ^ Reid, Harvey. A Careful Comparison of Shubb, Kyser Esus (3-string) Partial Capos. Harvey Reid's Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  19. ^ News and links Archived 2015-08-10 at the Wayback Machine, Brian
  20. ^ Gulla, Bob (2009-01-01). Guitar Gods: The 25 Players who Made Rock History. ABC-CLIO. p. 178. ISBN 978-0-313-35806-7.
  21. ^ Eck, Michael (Fall 2009). "To Great Lengths: The far reach of Pete Seeger and his longneck five-string banjo". The Fretboard Journal (15). Archived from the original on August 19, 2015. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  22. ^ Wissmuller, Christian. "At 40 Years, Shubb Capos Keeps Firm Grip on the Market". MMR magazine. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  23. ^ Carr, Joe (2013-11-11). Play Like a Legend: Doc Watson. Mel Bay Publications. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-61911-433-3.

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