As Kyser celebrates its 40th Anniversary, the Canton, Texas-based company looks to the future by unveiling the Meredith Signature Quick-Change Acoustic Guitar Capo – a custom signature capo for its owner and president Meredith McClung-Attebery.
The Meredith Signature capo is built in time-honored Kyser (opens in new tab) fashion – by hand in East Texas. Kyser engineers each capo from a top-quality aluminum extrusion body, using the same drilling machine developed by its founder, Milton Kyser. A minimum of 14 people work on each unit. This focus on craft and attention to detail is one of the reasons why Kyser has built a formidable reputation for quality.
Finished in Candy Teal and stamped with McClung-Attebery’s signature in silver, the Meredith Signature capo features a low-tension spring for a lighter grip that’ll help maintain tuning stability and complement contemporary low-action setups.
Only 2,020 units will be made, each issued with a certificate of authenticity hand-signed by the women of Kyser who lead the handcrafting process.
The capo is typically innovative, tooled for today’s guitar player. But Kyser has grander ambitions for its 40th Anniversary, believing that, in honoring McClung-Attebery’s nigh-on decade of leadership, it sends a powerful message to the music industry that it can do more to promote inclusivity and equality in the workplace
“One thing I have learned about being a female in the music industry is that we have to work twice as hard as a man,” says McClung-Attebery. “I was fortunate enough to surround myself with men who valued a woman in the CEO role of a major company in the industry. I want to be able to say that my work was 100 percent mine, and that I didn’t do anything to compromise my integrity or the integrity of my companies.”
Kyser CEO Scott Attebery believes that McClung-Attebery is a natural leader. “Meredith’s strength lies in her independent thinking,” he says. “She is true to herself and confident in her skills. As a result, she inspires our team with that same confidence.”
Under McClung-Attebery’s stewardship, Kyser maintains the same family-run ethos as it did under her great uncle Milton. It is a community and family first company that has diversified its leadership and roster of brand ambassadors, while extending its presence to over 35 countries worldwide. A path it very much intends to continue on in its next 40 years.
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