capo and thumbpick

I'm planning on order a capo and a thumbpick online on musiciansfriend, and I don't know much about these. I am guessing any of those on the site would be fine, but thought i'd get feedbacks from you guys before ordering.

Let me know if you have tips/recommendations
thanks!

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On the occasions that I've had to attach a strap right up to the headstock, I really don't like having 2.5" of leather/nylon blocking my view. I prefer the type with a thin end that can be sent up to the headstock while still having a wider section for going round your back and over the shoulder.

I've picked up on a few that can be had from MF, and some of them are pretty good value, too. BTW, although leather looks better with an acoustic, I have a nylon strap with the "luggage" style quick-release and it's a very handy feature.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/compare?base_pid=364713&base_pid=364703&base_pid=364270&base_pid=364707&base_pid=364661

Capo : Shubb, everytime. They do one for every neck type and you can get replacement rubbers when they wear out.

Thumb Pick : Ernie Ball Medium - other makes are just too heavy if you want to combine picking and strumming.

Strap : I find suede ones to be the most comfortable and they don't 'slip' round your neck when you take your hands off the guitar, but buy another strap button (they cost pence and just screw in). Fit it to the heel of the neck (where the neck joins the body) pointed away from you (i.e. on the underside of the heel pointed slightly towards the floor as you hold the guitar) rather than at the back of the heel or pointed towards the headstock, that way the strap can't accidentally pull off. If you do use a strap with neck tethers you will probably find that the guitar goes out of tune a lot as the weight of the guitar, however slight, bends the neck a little tiny fraction every time you move.

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If you do use a strap with neck tethers you will probably find that the guitar goes out of tune a lot as the weight of the guitar, however slight, bends the neck a little tiny fraction every time you move.

Good point, except that I think it's the weight of your upper body shifting rather than that of the guitar. Unless you're about as animated as the keyboard player from Sparks, you're going to bend the neck as you go stage-prancing.

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Good point, except that I think it's the weight of your upper body shifting rather than that of the guitar. Unless you're about as animated as the keyboard player from Sparks, you're going to bend the neck as you go stage-prancing.

I hadn't thought of thet - and there was me trying to be all scientific about it. Bugger, shot down in flames again!
:wink:

In truth I think it's probably a combination of things but the original premise still holds, i.e. it does seem to go out of tune. I used to find this even when not being very animated (although I usually am fairly hyper unless sitting down) using that type of strap attachment. I think its a leverage thing.

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but buy another strap button (they cost pence and just screw in). Fit it to the heel of the neck (where the neck joins the body) pointed away from you (i.e. on the underside of the heel pointed slightly towards the floor as you hold the guitar) rather than at the back of the heel or pointed towards the headstock, that way the strap can't accidentally pull off. If you do use a strap with neck tethers you will probably find that the guitar goes out of tune a lot as the weight of the guitar, however slight, bends the neck a little tiny fraction every time you move.

So what strap button would you recommend? I only see that martin strap button on MF site. Also I don't really understand the strapping technique you are describing here. That's probably because I have never seen it.

This is what I am planning on ordering in a few days. Feel free to comment on anything.

Tuner: Korg CA-40 Electronic Chromatic Tuner
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Korg-CA40-Electronic-Chromatic-Tuner?sku=210132

Strap button: Martin guitar strap button
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-Guitar-Strap-Button?sku=420127

Capo: It's either Kyser or Shubb. But for me, shubb seems to be harder to use than kyser, so I am thinking about purchasing the kyser one.
Kyser: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Kyser-QuickChange-Capo-6String?sku=361600

Shubb: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Shubb-Deluxe-S-Series-Steel-String-Capo?sku=361502

Thumbpick
: Ernie Ball thumb picks medium
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ernie-Ball-Thumb-Picks?sku=110901

Strap: These are two possibilities
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Perris-Leather-Musicians-Friend-Logo-Strap?sku=364703
or
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Perris-212-Suede-Leather-Guitar-Strap?sku=364707

Thanks guys

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So what strap button would you recommend?

Try here http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/products/3695-dr_parts_end_pin_chrome

You just screw it in to the neck, at the back where it joins the guitar, preferably as I said pointing a little 'downwards' as you stand holding the guitar, then the strap can't slip out.

Yes, you can go for the expensive alternatives (locking systems and all that stuff), but IMHO it's totally in-necessary.

Incidentally the thing you're thinking of buying from MF is just a fancy clip/release for a headstock strap attachment (i.e. neck tethers) and WILL, I GUARANTEE make your guitar sound out of tune as soon as you move, plus, as someone else pointed out, the strap will always be in your way and the guitar tends to slip easily.

On another note - the Kyser capos are great - for the first few months, then the spring weakens and they buzz like hell.

Try this http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/products/521-shubb_c1_electric_acoustic_capo

No springs or elastic to wear out, compact, lightweight, inexpensive and 100% accurate.

Just found this web page with a picture of how to place the second strap button as I've described...

http://johndavidcoupland.co.uk/straps.aspx

Hope this helps

microsark,

thanks for your advice. It is really tempting. But, for some reason, i am really scared of drilling a whole and putting a screw into my precious guitar.. and I don't have any experience with this because I am still a beginner guitarist.

Any update on this? I've been away for a while and just thought there may have been some response, i.e. did you buy what you said you'd decided on and what were the results? It may help others when faced with the same decisions.

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