K’NEX Guitar Capo (DIY)
I’m a big fan of using K’NEX as a building/prototyping tool because it’s just so quick and it works so well for building both simple and complex structures (sorry LEGO fans).
So, if you’re a guitar player and also frugal (aka a cheapskate) like me, save yourself $10-$20 and build a K’NEX guitar capo.
|Commercial capo (left) compared to K’NEX capo (right).||
|K’NEX capo from behind. A napkin around the back prevents any scratching of the guitar neck.
A rubber band secures the napkin in place.
|The capo snaps open/shut using the green peg identified by the arrow in the picture.
The opposite end of the capo is connected with three consecutive green pegs, creating a more stable structure.
The capo should only be opened from the side with the single peg.
|Reverse angle of capo in open position.|
|The capo “twists” over the guitar neck and the green peg snaps in.
Note the traditional capo in the photo as a size comparison.
|As long as the capo is placed straight, there should be no string buzzing.
The capo should be mounted such that the side of the capo that snaps shut should line up just behind the capoed fret (this side exerts more force).
|The traditional capo shown in some of these photos was actually a gift from a friend of mine who decided it was time I got rid of my “ridiculous” looking capo.
Although the K’NEX capo may look a little peculiar, I’ve gotten many years of use out of it and it works great.