A new solution to an age-old problem: how to capo the 5th string?
Earl's Suspender Capo is a brand new way to capo the 5th string of your banjo. For the very first time, you can capo the 5th string at any fret without installing screws, spikes or damaging your banjo.
• Easy to use
• No Tools Necessary
• No Damage to your Banjo
Earl's Suspender Capo fits snugly around the back of the banjo neck. It firmly frets the 5th string, yet does not interfere with your ability to play down the neck.
Here's how to us the Suspender Capo:
Hold the metal pull tab located on the top of the capo with your left hand and catch the bottom side of the fret board at the desired fret with the small tab of the lower end piece.
Using the metal pull tab located at the top of the capo, stretch the suspender strap around the back of the banjo neck and place the top piece on the 5th string at the desired fret. That's all there is to it.
Don't forget to press the metal pull tab down, so it doesn't interfere with your playing.
To remove the capo, simply use the metal pull tab to remove the top piece.
About Earl: in his own words
"I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. My family has lived in Buncombe County for generations. It is said that the folks who settled here were a special breed, both highly independent and a little stubborn. Most of us also love Bluegrass music. My wife would say that I definitely fit that mold, and she is probably right. In fact, you could say that’s how Earl's Suspender Capo got started. Folks told me it couldn’t be done, and being a little stubborn, I set out to see if it could…
"Having just retired as Chief District Court Judge in Buncombe County at the age of 54, I devoted much of my time to playing the banjo, and I grew to love it.
"When it came time to capo my fifth string, I thought I would go to the store and buy a capo that could fit on the back of my banjo neck. I was amazed to find out that there wasn’t such a thing. You either had to put in screws or spikes! I didn’t want to do that to my banjo, but when I asked for what I wanted, I was told that there wasn’t such a thing and that--it couldn’t be done.
"That’s pretty much all it took. I went to my garage, took a padded hose clamp, some tin snips, my daughter’s pony tail rubber band and set to work. Soon I had fashioned what I had been looking for. I showed it to my banjo teacher, and he thought it needed to be patented. Lots of revisions later I got it patented, and it’s ready to share with you. I hope you will like it!"