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I want to buy a capo... What is the difference between a flat and a curved capo? Can I use either for both an electric and acoustic guitar?

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Not much. If it is curved too much then obviously it won't work as well on a flat neck. A curved capo is going to work better on low radius necks such as a strat and only near the nut.

Get a flat one and you shouldn't have any issues.

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Can't really authoritatively comment on the truth of that, but the curve relates to the radius of the fretboard. Classical guitars tend to have very flat, very wide fretboards and thus a flat capo would be necessary, while most steel-string acoustics and electrics have curved fretboards which are more fitting to the arch of the fingers. So it seems like a curved one would be the natural for the guitars bluevoodoo1 is talking about. But if you talk to the guitar shop folks, they should let you test before you buy. – Dave Jacoby Feb 21 '11 at 2:36

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