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Introduction- General Description
The Shubb Capo is a simple mechanism that is used to bar the strings of any fretted, stringed instrument, on a certain fret therefore changing its key.
The Capo consists of four major parts: the main frame (figure #3), containing the string bar and to which all of the other parts are connected, the neck brace (figure #2), which is the piece that secures the capo to the neck of the instrument, the pivoting lock mechanism (figure #1) that works with the locking screw, to force the neck brace to the back of the neck of the instrument, and the protective rubber arm (figure #4) that fits over the string bar to pad the fret board and strings to prevent marking (note: see diagram to match figure numbers).
The four main parts that make up the Shubb Capo are: the main frame, the neck brace, the pivoting lock mechanism and locking screw, and the protective rubber arm.
Description of Parts and Their Function
Main Frame. The main frame is an approximately 4 inch long piece of chrome-plated copper that is .2 Inches wide and the same deep. The piece is bent to a curve at the approximate center point, to an internal angle of 70 degrees. The top part is the string bar, which bars the strings at a certain fret to change its key. The bottom part of the main frame is the piece to which the neck brace (fig. #2) and the pivoting lock mechanism (fig. #1) connect to with .4 inch by .2 inch chromed rivets.
Neck Brace. The neck brace is another piece of chrome-plated copper, which is 1.9 inches long, .40 inches wide, and .10 inches deep. The purpose of the neck brace is to force the strings of the instrument down to the neck of the instrument by squeezing the strings and neck between the string bar and the neck brace. The neck brace is slightly curved along the top 1 inch of it to accommodate for the curve in the back of the neck of the instrument. On the curved part of the neck brace, there is a rubber pad, that is .3 inches wide, .9 inches long, and .1 inches deep, the pad is to insure the grip of the Capo to the instrument and to protect the back of the neck to marking.
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Pivoting lock mechanism, with locking screw. The pivoting lock mechanism is a straight piece of chrome-plated copper, that is 1.88 inches long, .4 inches wide, and .15 inches deep. The purpose of the pivoting lock mechanism is to force the neck brace to the back of the neck of the instrument; this is accomplished by turning the locking screw (located .4 inches up from the bottom of the pivoting lock mechanism) clockwise, which closes the gap between the string bar and the neck brace. The locking screw is .9 inches long, and has a .3 inch by .3 inch tapered plastic tip, the tip creates friction against the back of the neck brace, to secure its hold. There is also a compressed spring between the head of the locking screw and the back of the pivoting lock mechanism, creating back pressure on the screw, to make the screw easier to loosen after its use.
Protective Rubber Arm. The protective rubber arm is a piece of soft black rubber, 2.1 inches long. .25 inches wide, and .35 inches deep. There is a .2-inch square hole through the length of the protective arm into which the string bar is placed. The protective rubber arm is for protecting the strings and fret board of the instrument the capo is on from the hard metal of the string bar.
Conclusion and Operating Description.
When a musician has to change the key of their fretted, stringed instruments, and does not want to re-tune the instrument, they can place a capo on any fret to change the instruments key. The capo is easy to use and can be stored on the headstock of the instrument for easy access.
To use the capo: (1) place the string bar with protective rubber arm on the desired fret, (2) push the pivoting lock mechanism against the back of the neck brace, and (3) tighten the locking screw down on the back of the neck brace, turning the screw in a clock-wise direction, until the neck brace is tight against the back of the neck and the string bar is tight against the strings of the instrument, as to not let any of the strings buzz. To remove the capo, reverse the operation.