“I thought to myself, ‘Nobody’s done anything with that for at least 25 years. It looks like a piece of medieval torture instrumentation’”: How G7th revolutionized the guitar capo

G7th Capos
(Image credit: G7th Capos)

The saying ‘Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door’ could easily be applied to G7th capos. Over the years, guitarists have struggled with rudimentary plastic-covered metal bars secured by elastic, or what G7th’s chief designer refers to as items looking like instruments of medieval torture. 

The fact is that this was an area of guitar accessorising – and an important one, when you consider how many players rely on them – that had not been re-evaluated for decades. 

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.