Types of Guitar Capo

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Written By Sarah Barlow

Chief Music Officer

Although the various types of guitar capos have similar functions, each different type of capo has a differing mechanical factor that can influence the way the guitar is played. While a few types of guitar capos are simpler to use than others, others types of capos are known to interfere with the playing ability of musicians which may end up making it tougher to hold down the selected strings of the guitar.

Certain types of capo may also make it tougher to tune the guitar correctly especially if they are not used in the right way. Keeping these factors in mind, listed are the different types of capos:


Types of guitar capos

Common Types of Capo

Other Types of Guitar Capo

Not all of the guitar capo variations available in the market are widely used. However, it is possible to find additional variations that may not be mentioned in this guide.


Screw-on capos look a lot like a C-clamp and the tightness of the device can be adjusted with the help of a single screw.

As the name suggests roller capos are created using rollers on both the neck of the device along with the string side of the device. The primary advantage of such capos is that they allow the musician to quickly change the keys in the middle of tunes, which can be helpful for musicians playing Irish themed tunes.

Another alternate type of guitar capo available these days, is known as the partial capo which is commonly used to fret certain selected strings of the guitar.


Screw On Capo


Roll On Capo


Partial Capo