When the Shubb capo was first introduced more than 30 years ago guitarists throughout the world fell in love with it. They’re still in love with it today. We’ve given it a few tweaks through the years, but its basic mechanical principle remains the same: a unique over-center locking mechanism that provides an unrivaled combination of power, speed, accuracy and ease of use. One smooth flip of the lever locks it securely in place, and removes it just as quickly.
And the Shubb capo is BY FAR the best at not creating tuning problems. Its soft, resilient rubber is specially designed to work just like a fingertip, so it doesn’t bend the strings over the frets. Its closing action is just like your hand, so it doesn’t pull the string off center. As a result, no re-tuning is necessary!
Capo Royale Paua Pearl C2p - Irididescent Finish
Our Paua Pearl capo uses the same durable titanium process as our other Capo Royale models, so its color-shifting beauty will last practically forever. And its randomly occurring color patterns make each capo unique.
The model C2p is for NYLON STRING guitar — flat fretboard, 2.25" wide.
Shubb’s New Color-Shifting Iridescent Capo
Paua is the Maori (native New Zealand) name for a species of abalone whose shells are the most beautiful and colorful. Luthiers often use Paua shell for the inlays on their most special guitars. Fine jewelry crafted from the shells are known as Paua Pearls.
When we came up with this new finish, its dazzling iridescence reminded us of paoa pearls, and so that became its name. It uses the same durable titanium process as our other Capo Royale models, so its eye-popping, color-shifting beauty will last practically forever. And like the Paua shell itself, no two are exactly alike. The patterns of color occur randomly, so no one else’s Paua Pearl capo will look exactly like yours!
New, clear logo sleeve
Specially designed to have the same extraordinary resilience as our famous black sleeve. It adapts to a range of string gauges and fretboard radii, while providing superior intonation, durability, and warm tone.
About the roller design
When we introduced the Shubb Deluxe capo many years ago, the most visible upgrade was a roller that replaced a conical Delrin screw-cap. We like this design so much that, a few years later, we applied it to our Standard capos, too. Some of its benefits — smoother operation and reduced wear — are easily apparent; Another advantage of the roller design is more subtle, but it has an even greater effect on the functioning of the capo.
When we say that the roller provides superior geometry, we really mean it. Shubb Capos work on an “over-center” locking principle. If you’ve used one, you know the feeling. As you close the capo onto the neck, it passes through a point of greatest resistence (the center), then relaxes somewhat into its locked position. We’ve made up a name for the the difference between the amounts of pressure applied at these two points; we call it dropoff.
More dropoff means a greater difference between pressure encountered as it passes through center, and the pressure applied in the locked position. Less dropoff means a lesser difference between pressure encountered as it passes through center, and the pressure applied in the locked position.
Offhand you might imagine that the least amount of dropoff would be best, but that’s not exactly the case. If you have too little dropoff, the lock is less secure and there is a risk of the capo opening accidentally. It NEEDS that dropoff in order to work. But if you have too much dropoff, too great a force is applied to the guitar neck while closing, and there could be too little pressure applied in the closed position for the truest tone.
So you see, there is a JUST RIGHT amount of dropoff that makes for perfect capoing.
On the original Shubb capo, with the Delrin cap, the dropoff increases at the smallest end of the capo’s range, and decreases at its widest end. In other words, when used on an very thin guitar neck, the dropoff effect is exaggerated. In the extreme, it could result in insufficient pressure on the strings when engaged. On an unusually thick neck, the dropoff is minimal. In the extreme, it could result in an insecure lock, and too much pressure on the strings when engaged.
The roller mechanism equalizes the dropoff across the full range of the capo.
Because the roller head adjusts upward on an arc (as opposed to a straight line) it moves inward toward the center curve of the middle piece of the capo as it is tightened – so it does not move further past center when it is set tighter.
This maintains a relationship between the moving parts that results in the same, ideal amount of dropoff at any point within the capo’s working range.
So you get the ideal amount of dropoff on a thin neck, on a thick neck, and all those in between … and on different parts of the same neck.
Another benefit of dropoff.
It is a well known fact that if a capo is too tight, it can stretch the strings out of tune. Most players understand that there is a “just right” amount of pressure for best capoing, too. The dropoff in the closing action of the Shubb capo serves as a built-in safeguard for those players who are not clear on this concept, and who might have a tendency to over-tighten a capo. In other words, it prevents the unwise user from putting his guitar out of tune by not allowing him to bring the capo to rest in its tightest possible position.
Since 1980 the Shubb capo has set the standard against which all others must be measured. It is the first choice … often the only choice… of more than a million musicians worldwide. Capos continue to come and go, but the fact remains for the guitarist who is serious about quality and intonation…nothing but a Shubb will do. The serious guitarist will settle for no less.
(from Shubb product information)