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Author:  jbudweiser [ Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:41 am ]
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pigfender wrote:
BlueRick wrote:
In the U.S., a cap-o is a mob enforcer/mob lieutenant. ;)

They are the same word - meaning "head".

And the G7 is by far the best capo available. Yes, the Kyser and indeed the Shubb are good capos but if you've used a G7 you know what I mean.

Yes all these word connect to a single Latin root. English capo, the Italian connection as a mob lieutenant, the Spanish word for capo is ''capotraste''. They all come from The Latin word ''Caput'' meaning ''Head or First''. Also Latin slang for Caput or head is ''Testsa-pot,'' which the Spanish took both the Latin word and the Latin slang.

I told you that's the way we said it back in Londium! Now really not much has changed, as wherever I go I do as the Romans do. We never had A G7 in the day
wish we did! Life is so easy these days

Signed in Blood ( no joke if you quote me and press spell check, all Latin will appear as blood. Trust me see for yourself that which is true! Nisi Dominus Frustra :twisted: ! Sorry if that kinda scared you. I'm up having a ''snack'' it's 2 A.M
in Aust.......I do my best work at night then a at about 430 A.M I retire to my coffin!

It's Life :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Author:  BlueRick [ Tue Nov 01, 2011 1:20 pm ]
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Oh my, what thread drift I've caused with my minor wisecrack. . .

I have a Schubb, a Kyser, and a Planet Waves. No G7th yet. Might pick one up just to see how I like it. G7th makes a few models, but I think most people are talking about the "Performance Capo" model.

Author:  jbudweiser [ Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:53 pm ]
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Yes BlueRick we started drifting early on this post! Mind you it has been a linguistics lesson
Yes I think we are talking the g7 performance capo, you are right to be more specific
That performance capo is the best no matter however you want to say it, and that's just stating the obvious! The word capo itself has been the main context of this post from soon after it's conception, it's been a rather funny read. You see I don't need any persuasion I've owned A g7 Performance capo for ages! You can put one one with one hand perfectly!

As for Londinium, well that shows why the English all still say capo. One tends to forget that Latin was the official language used back then.

So to use some Latin Slang,,,,,I'm going back to my testa- pot!

Author:  jbudweiser [ Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:02 pm ]
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anothersixstringer wrote:
jbudweiser wrote:
To throw another spanner in the works! Probably saying cap'o is more true to it's origin Capotasto, so now we will have to asks someone who is from Spain or Italy, to chip in! However I cannot imagine it was called CA'Y'POTASTO can you? However I maybe wrong

This thread is so amusing! (and informative, of course)
Guess my surprise when I read JBud's call to the spanish speaking guys...lol

ok, so being a native Spanish speaking guy, here goes the bomb: it is called Capotraste


Which of course, refers to "capo" or first and "traste" or fret : first fret


Hi anothesixstringer, it's funny the Latin word for head or first is Caput, or in Latin slang testa-pot. So it seems that that Spanish word Capotraste that you have provided, takes something for the Latin name and also the Latin Slang name.

Now on first impressions it seems like the Root of this word Capo as we know it in it's various forms stems from Latin. But the Spanish guitar playing tradition with its roots in stringed instruments from Persia, existed prior to Rome or Latin!

There is a chance, the Romans robbed this particular word from the Language spoken further North . While it seems that the Latin word proved to be the root of the word Capo, I'm guessing that they may have got this word from a previous language, now that may have included some words or slang from the language spoken in Spain at that time! Don't worry the Romans were expert at collecting everything from far a field.

Author:  Van [ Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:30 am ]
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I believe it is from Italian 'Capotasto';
head of the fingerboard.

Author:  jbudweiser [ Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:42 pm ]
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The G7th performance capo is a tad better than anything else I have used. You can put it on with one hand. Just yesterday I was replacing 2 strings, the high E and B, for some reason I was having some trouble keeping tension on the string to hold it in the tail piece and attended to the tuning peg side of things at the same time. I could see the G7Th capo was just in reach, with one hand I was able to grab it and put it on and clamp the strings.

It is the most ergonomic capo I've come across and it appears well made. Yes it is rather expensive, but it's features justify most of the cost.

Author:  eggman [ Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:52 pm ]
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I employ a Schubb capo for Keith Richards open-G applications with my 360. My friends (70s classic rock guys) are pleasantly surprised at how good my 360 sounds for "Jumpin Jack Flash" and "Happy" capo'd at the 4th fret (or wherever I've got it) in open G through my Carmen Ghia. The 360 is also good for "Midnight Rambler" with a capo.

Author:  BlueRick [ Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:42 am ]
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I have added to the pile; I recently picked up a Dunlop spring clamp type capo, which works well, but has a small bit of "play/slop" in the spring (it doesn't affect performance, but "bugs" the frustrated, would-be engineer in me); I could prolly fix this by bending the spring slightlywith a pair of pointy pliers.

I also picked up a G7 Nashville capo at NAMM; I tried all of the G7 capos at the company's booth, and the Nashville capo was the easiest to use; I prefer the spring clamp to having to twist adjust anything wrt capo, especially if I have to do it in a hurry with one had, whilst playing live. A few seconds can make the difference between starting on cue or missing it, and the spring clamp type capos work great in my experience, but capo choice is a personal preference, so buy the capo you prefer! :)

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