I have lost my capo. Does anybody know of any easy DIY guitar capos one can make from items around the house?

  • WWM[cGyver]D ? me, I'd waste hours designing one in CAD and 3D printing it. :-) Commented Jul 20, 2018 at 13:13

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A plastic pen (parallel sided), a bolt inside plastic tubing, short length of dowling, rubber band for tension, a scrunchie can work, maybe with an eraser behind the neck for more tension.

Works better on flat or large radius fingerboards.

The ubiquitous index finger has also been used on occasions...


A pencil and an elastic band is a classic.

Wikipedia demos one at https://en.m.wikibooks.org/wiki/Guitar/Guitar_Accessories

capo made from a pencil Attribution: Lovenotmakewar at English Wikipedia

  • wouldn't that wear out the strings?
    – SomeBloke
    Commented Jul 20, 2018 at 6:34
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    If you keep the same set on for years, possibly!
    – Tim
    Commented Jul 20, 2018 at 6:38

any flat object that's not to big around.ie 1/4 " tree branch and to keep it in place any string tied at each end keepinp it tight to the neck.I have done this while camping out.i also made drum sticks from tree branches


For this kind of things, the fastest is to look it up on Instructables. Besides the pencil and rubber band, there are also capos that need more effort to make:

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