Paige to introduce new capo at NAMM
POSTED BY JOHN LAWLESS ON 07.07.09 @ 8:26 AM TAGS: BANJO, GUITAR
Paige Musical Products has announced that the latest iteration of their popular Paige Capo, The Clik, will be unveiled at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville later this month.
Like the original Paige capo designs, The Clik uses a direct center tension mechanism and the “store behind the nut” design that most acoustic musicians prefer.
Amber Slade, Director of Marketing for Paige, tells us that The Clik starts with the tried and true Paige design, built with a simpler structure, and incorporating some new twists to allow for quicker capo changes.
Our products have maintained a direct center tension design since 1988. This design which we’ve of course maintained in The Clik is now complimented by the following features:
• A finish safe tubing to protect all contact points of the instrument and capo.
• A quicker locking and releasing bar
• An advanced quick release mechanism with precision adjustment.
To extrapolate on this feature, our line of original Paige Capos included a screw feature used for both applying and releasing the capo. The Clik maintains the screw feature but now with an innovative button (release mechanism) that aids in quick release. As illustrated in our packaging instructions: The screw is pushed toward the neck until the last click is heard. The tension is then finely adjusted until the strings voice clearly.
Because of the new mechanism, precision adjustment is maintained with the availability of a quick change action. All the while eliminating any string buzz or muting because it will never pull from the side.
The Clik will be available for all the current Paige capo models. Pricing has not been officially settled, and will be announced at NAMM (July 17-19), but $29.95 seems to be where they expected it will be listed.
#1: Paige Clik Capo
By Doug Waterman December 23rd, 2009 at 10:00 am
PAIGE CAPO Clik Capo LIST PRICE: $29.95
A friend of mine who is a singer/songwriter came in the office the other day and saw me fiddling with a slew of capos—namely Paige, G7, Kyser and Shubb. I had the Paige strapped on and was getting acquainted with it. The friend was intrigued with this new Clik Capo—he’d never used a Paige and neither had I. So he gave it a test-run too. It’s always good to have two perspectives, right?
The common thread with all Paige capos, and the original feature that separates it from other capos, is the center of gravity. Basically, you clip it on and screw it in snugly from the back center of the capo. What’s the big deal with this, you might ask. If you’re someone who constantly needs reassurance about things (or maybe you’re a perfectionist), then the Paige will allow you to rest easy—knowing that there’s no upward or downward hinging that could bend your strings. That’s not to say other capos that are hinged from top or bottom are faulty. It’s just that your risk of error probably goes down slightly using a Paige.
The downside is that it is a tedious capo, and it won’t appeal to everybody. You can’t please everyone—but that’s ok. So before he left, my singer/songwriter friend said, “I can’t imagine using this at my shows… it would just take too much time to screw in. I just want to clip and go.” Whether or not to use the Paige at your shows (if this even applies to you) is your prerogative, but I gotta say that this Clik Capo might fit your tastes to a tee. To summarize: Paige is for the perfectionist.
Paige Guitar Capo
- reviewed by Todd Stuart Phillips
The Paige capo has shown up on more and more guitars in recent months so I decided to take one for a test drive and see why they are so popular. I found mine to be well constructed and more than satisfactory when it came to its main function. It is sleek in looks and only as wide as absolutely necessary. It also has some definite benefits when it comes to ease of use. Any drawbacks show up only in exotic situations and on the whole it is a superior product all the way around.
The capo tasto has been in existence since the 1700s. The modern version comes in many shapes and sizes but all are designed to achieve the same basic goal: raising the pitch of the strings by shortening the neck, without muting the sound and while hopefully maintaining ideal intonation. Since most capos manage this pretty well, the differences between various types of capo have less to do with how well they work and more to do with how they are fitted into place and how well they are put together. This capo scores hi marks in both categories.
The Paige capo contains more movable parts than most. Fortunately it is so well constructed this is not a concern. The main "chassis" is a wide, U-shaped piece of lightweight but sturdy metal. At one tip of the U is a small bolt holding one end of the fretting bar. The fretting bar is hinged to open upward like a toll gate. The free end of the bar falls down across a shallow slot on the other side of the U, where it curves over the edge and is locked into place by a small clasp. The bar has no resistance in its hinge. The clasp was very tight and hard to open and close at first. After using it a few weeks the clasp is easier to maneuver while remaining snug enough to do its job. However, the pressure necessary to open the small, metal clasp may endanger some players' fingernails. As such, the fretting hand may be best suited for this action.
The bar that depresses the strings has a sleeve made out of some kind of plastic. It provides equal pressure on each string regardless of the neck width or how close the E strings are to the edge of the fingerboard. This sleeve is quite resilient and seemingly impervious to ware. Any grooves pressed into it by the strings vanish almost immediately. I experimented by etching deep grooves into the material with my fingernail and the worst of them was gone in a matter of seconds, leaving a tiny divot I could only see if I held it up to a bare light bulb.
The capo is held in place by an inch-long screw that passes through the bottom of the U and into a second piece of metal that acts as the main grip of the mechanism. This gripping piece is bent to a shallow curve and coated with some kind of synthetic rubber. The screw is well made with an easy-to-hold surface on the ample head and deep threads that would be hard to strip. Stripping is not really an issue as it passes through the chassis with little or no friction. One tightens the screw to push the coated grip up against the back of the neck where the rubber protects the relatively soft wood of the neck itself. One nice feature about that movable grip is the fact it rocks back and forth on the screw, with each side rising or falling approximately 30 degrees. This helps insure a snug fit across a wide array of neck shapes. For all the moveable joints involved, the Paige capo is made to last. It would be nearly impossible to ever break this capo though normal use.
One of the key advantages to this style of capo lies in the fact you can move it quickly from one position to another without having to unlock the fretting bar. The player simply loosens the screw and slides it up or down the neck to retighten it once it is in the new position. It can even be stored up where the headstock meets the neck, just above the nut and pulled down into use without the guitarist having to go fishing in a pocket when it is time to apply a capo.
The major disadvantage to the Paige capo comes from the fact it is made for the typical, modern 1-11/16" neck. The capo cannot be used above the 6th fret on wider necks, as found on Martin OMs or above the 5th fret on 1-7/8" necks as found on traditional, 12-fret dreadnoughts and like. Paige does make a wide neck capo, but it is designed for wide necks with a low profile, in other words Classical guitars. People who prefer playing vintage style necks may run into trouble. However, it is fair to point out that one rarely uses capos that far up the neck. So the average guitarist will not often encounter this shortcoming. Another potential issue for any capo that closes at both ends of the fretting bar is how it disallows leaving one or two strings uncappoed to achieve instant alternate tunings. But the vast majority of players will never need to do this or even consider such a thing.
Otherwise, the Paige capo has the brand name running down the front of the fretting bar in notable white letters (the entire capo is black). I do not blame them for wanting brand identity. But it does sort of feel like I am putting a NASCAR sponsor sticker on my guitar whenever I use the capo on stage. This is of course a minor nitpick since one has to be very close to the player to make out what the letters say.
The company also makes a 12-string guitar capo that has a unique feature. In addition to the same fretting sleeve as their standard capo they also have wide rings that fit over top of it so different levels of pressure can be brought to bare on the thicker, wound strings and the unwound octave strings spanning the width of the neck. Having never seen one in person I can only speculate as to how much effort goes into adjusting and readjusting those mini-sleeves. But I have a feeling they would be pretty easy to use and provide superior fretting and intonation for finicky 12-string players.
The Paige guitar capo is designed and produced with obvious care from first quality materials. It provides perfect pressure balance across the strings leading to superior intonation without any noticeable muting. It will prove most useful for people who want a capo at their beckon call for frequent application at a variety of positions. Since I do not currently play any pieces requiring a capo higher than the sixth fret and already own capos designed to mimic drop tunings what few shortcomings found in this capo design were of no consequence to me and my Martin OMs. I think guitarists of all levels would find the Paige capo a worthwhile purchase or a very welcomed gift.
Out of a possible 8 Notes on the T Spoon Scale of the Guitaracity I give the Paige Capo a balanced and well rendered 6 Notes.
Paige Capo recently provided ASCAP with a generous supply of their popular 6-String Capos. ASCAP has added them to the gift bags for their showcasing artists at Sundance.
Lots of great stuff happening around here at Paige, including a new capo model to release at 2009 NAMM, upcoming endorsement announcements, and a few other great things. We'll be sending out more updates very soon. Until then, hope you're warm, well, and in tune!
[Paige] surprised us with some cool twists on old ideas. The company's 12-string model features rings around the fretbar to ensure even pressure on all 12 strings without putting undue tension on the neck. Their "extreme bender" model was designed to keep your strings in check and in tune under the craziest of Tele bends. The fact that they are on the guitars of players like Vince Gill and Keith Urban means that they actually work. -Premier Guitar/August 2008 (New Products: Summer NAMM Wrap-Up Feature)
"Maybe you've noticed that there's a new cheater in town. Seems like every time I go to the Station Inn, in Nashville, all the hot pickers are playing Paige capos. I recently found out it's because the Paige capo beats the heck out of the standard hillbilly crutch. It manages to control the string tension perfectly and where I've always gotten a low E string buzz with a clip-on capo, with the Paige, there's none. I've heard complaints that the Paige isn't as quick as a clip-on; but I just don't buy that. You can re-fret the capo in seconds, and (even better) store it behind the nut." -Simon Malone (Nov/Dec 2008)
In response to consumer request, Paige Capo will be introducing its new model this summer. With an already diverse and widely recognized line of products since 1988, including model that accommodate banjo/mandolin, six and twelve string, and wide neck guitars, Paige will once again be taking it one step further with their latest addition.
The new model boasts an innovative design not yet used in other capos. A new concept has been incorporated while still maintaining the original integrity and quality we’ve come to expect from Paige.
When asked about the design, owner Bryan Paige responded, “We’ve included features never used before, really striking that note between invention and necessity. An endless amount of customers have approached me needing a practical capo that met their needs. We’ve exceeded those expectations with this product. Being a musician myself, I understood artistically what was entailed, more so what was needed.”
Paige anticipates a release later this summer, Until then the company is continuing constant testing and grasping perfection in their latest product. Co-owner Shelly Paige says, “We have an international market that demands our personal attention. We’re constantly growing, constantly expanding on so many levels. We expect this new model to keep us busy. Delightfully so.”