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Top 8 Best Ukulele Capos For The Money 2019 Reviews & Buying Guide

A ukulele capo is that small metal instrument that holds fast to your ukulele. The plan is that the capo holds all the strings on one fret simultaneously. This way, you’re able to play different keys easily without necessarily altering the chord shapes at all.

By the way, ukes aren’t the only fretted instruments to use capos. Guitars also use capos. That much should be obvious since both ukuleles and guitars are fretted instruments, pretty similar in operation.

If you want to play different keys on your ukulele with little stress, then you need to get a ukulele capo. It’s your best bet.

Today, we have reviews on our 8 favorite ukulele capos in the market. We also have a buying guide part of the review. In this section, we will cover the basics you need to know about ukulele capos so you can make the best decision on the capo for you.

Come with us!

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Top 8 Best Ukulele Capos On The Market 2019 Reviews

NameTypeMaterialDimensionsWeightFinish
Type
Spring-loaded
Material
Heavy duty zinc alloy
Dimensions
4.9 x 3.9 x 1 inches
Weight
3.52 ounces
Finish
Black Chrome
Type
Spring-loaded
Material
Aircraft-grade aluminum
Dimensions
4.4 x 3.7 x 1.5 inches
Weight
1.2 ounces
Finish
Two capos in the pack: Black and silver
Type
Spring-loaded
Material
Aluminum
Dimensions
1 x 1 x 3 inches
Weight
6.4 ounces
Finish
Black, non-glare matte finish
Type
Clamp
Material
Zinc alloy
Dimensions
6 x 4 x 0.6 inches
Weight
2.4 ounces
Finish
Rosewood color
Type
Clamp
Material
Aircraft grade zinc
Dimensions
4.3 x 0.8 x 3.9 inches
Weight
2.4 ounces
Finish
Black
Type
Clamp
Material
Zinc alloy
Dimensions
4.8 x 3.3 x 0.7 inches
Weight
0.8 ounces
Finish
Black
Type
NS
Material
Aircraft grade aluminum
Dimensions
3.6 x 0.8 x 7 inches
Weight
0.64 ounces
Finish
Black
Type
Spring-loaded
Material
Aluminum
Dimensions
4.8 x 3.4 x 0.5 inches
Weight
2.4 ounces
Finish
Black

1 Soundsmith Premium Guitar Capo

Check out the stunning Soundsmith Premium Guitar Capo. This high quality, spring-loaded capo is a customer favorite. Little wonder it’s top on our list today. The best part this capo is actually its price. It currently sells for under $20. So, it’s quite affordable.

The materials here are obviously high quality. Soundsmith chooses heavy duty zinc alloy for the body. So, this assures you that your capo will be around for a while. Plus, the finish keeps the instrument safe from rust and the likes.

Also, the capo features silicon pads which press down on the strings and evenly distribute the pressure. With this, you’ll be able to achieve a precise sound. So, all the warble, buzz, and fret are bye bye.

We found this capo super easy to put on and take off. Best believe you can do that with one hand. Talk about convenience.

In all, at such a decent price point, we think the Soundsmith Premium Guitar Capo is a steal. Works for guitars, works for ukes. What more could we ask for?!

Soundsmith Premium Guitar Capo
Our rating:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

Pros
  • Grips strings nicely.
  • Solid and durable construction.
  • Quite tightly sprung.
  • Uses a convenient, single hand operation.
  • Quite affordable.
Cons
  • Single report of minor aesthetic issues.

2 Nordic Essentials Universal Guitar Capo

Another spring-loaded capo on our review, the Nordic Essentials Universal Guitar Capo is a lightweight item.

At 1.2 ounces, it looks a tad bit flimsier than the Soundsmith Premium Guitar Capo. It’s made from aircraft grade aluminum after all, so you should expect that. In reality though, the Nordic Essentials Universal Guitar Capo is quite firm.

It stays firm when you put it on the fretboard regardless of the position. So you can be sure there won’t be any buzzing of any kind once you use this.

The Nordic Essentials Universal Guitar Capo is a fantastic instrument that works on both guitars and capos alike. And with the lifetime warranty on this item, there’s every confidence that this will come out fine.

PS: We forgot to mention that this comes as two capos in a set. One is a black finish and the other is a chrome finish. At this price, this set of capos more than decently priced.

Nordic Essentials Universal Guitar Capo
Our rating:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

Pros
  • Firm spring action.
  • Solid build quality.
  • No tuning or buzzing issue.
  • Metal finish looks amazing.
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty.
  • Comes with a carrying bag.
Cons
  • A few customer complaints about quality control. Thankfully, there’s a lifetime warranty.

3 Grover GP750BL Ultra Capo

Everyone knows Grover. Yeah, the same Grover that makes those tuners we love so much. Well, this time, they are giving us this amazing capo – the Grover GP750BL Ultra Capo. This is a great capo with loads of benefits for the user.

With its offset design, this capo is quite easy to use. Plus, it also gives more room for your thumb on the back of your uke’s neck. You’ll find it super easy to put this on your uke and take it off, and also easy to position on your ukulele as well.

This comes in pretty lightweight, thanks to its aluminum construction. Plus, it looks nice in black. The non-glare matte finish also adds to the beauty while making your grip on the device firmer.

Grover GP750BL Ultra Capo
Our rating:3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)

Pros
  • Easy to use and position.
  • Gives enough room for your thumb on the back of the uke’s neck.
  • The pad of the capo is wide and so spreads the pressure on the uke’s neck evenly.
Cons
  • Some customers found this capo a bit obstructive.

4 Sound Harbor MA-12 Guitar Capo

If you care about looks as much as you care about functionality, then go for the Sound Harbor MA-12 Guitar Capo. It’s a really attractive item  with its rosewood finish.

It’s a little bigger than most ukulele-specific capos but that’s because it is used for a wide range of other fretted instruments including guitars, mandolins, and banjos.

This capo comes in the clamp style and works with a single hand operation. Once you use this correctly, you can be sure that you won’t get any fret buzz or string bending.

Fortunately, the Sound Harbor MA-12 Guitar Capo comes with silicone pads. These pads ensure that there are no marks on the neck of your ukes once you fix the capo on your uke.

This capo is a bit too large for a soprano uke but it will work fine for other sizes from concert to tenor to baritone ukes.

Sound Harbor MA-12 Guitar Capo
Our rating:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Pros
  • Super easy to use.
  • Made from aluminum which is durable.
Cons
  • If not used correctly, this capo might cause fret buzz.
  • Not best for soprano ukes.

5 Donner DC-2 Guitar Capo

The Donner DC-2 Guitar Capo is a decent capo for the money. It’s quite decently priced so it might not be as high performance as some of the capos you’ve seen so far. Nonetheless, this capo works quite well.

It does not cause any buzzing or tuning issues. Plus, thanks to its quick-release mechanism, this capo is pretty easy to use.

Now, in comparison to some of the capos we’ve seen so far, this capo feels somewhat cheap. That much is true. But then again, it is quite low end in the price spectrum. So, it’s kinda expected. And to be honest, there are no major deal-breaking drawbacks for this capo. So, yeah, it works.

Donner DC-2 Guitar Capo
Our rating:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

Pros
  • Budget-friendly price.
  • Holds your strings firmly enough to avoid buzzing or tuning issues.
  • Moves easily and fast.
Cons
  • Doesn’t feel as solid as some of its competition.

6 Sound Harbor MA-10 Guitar Capo

The Sound Harbor MA-10 is quite similar to the Sound Harbor MA-12. This capo though comes a little bit less expensive than the MA-12. So, it’s even more affordable.

Alright, to the differences between both capos… For one, the MA-10 is smaller and more lightweight than the MA-12. Being smaller, it’s easy for you to use this capo on soprano ukes quite unlike the MA-12.

Other than that, both capos are practically the same. This capo also uses a single hand operation, is quite sturdy, and you’ll be able to use this on nearly any fretted instrument.

Yeah, we also failed to mention the last time that the Sound Harbor MA-12 comes with four free picks. Same also goes for the Sound Harbor MA-10.

Sound Harbor MA-10 Guitar Capo
Our rating:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Pros
  • Easy to use.
  • Durable construction.
  • Lightweight model.
Cons
  • Use correctly else it might cause fret buzzing.

7 Planet Waves PW-CP-12 NS Ukulele Capo

This is our first ukulele-specific capo on review – the Planet Waves PW-CP-12 NS Ukulele Capo. It’s a screw style capo and it’s also quite affordable to.

Since this capo allows some nuances during tightening, this capo hardly ever causes any fret buzz. It also hardly ever causes any string bending. You can always rotate the screw properly so it sits nicely flush on your uke.

Also, since this capo comes adjustable, you dictate the amount of pressure it puts on your strings.

All in all, the Planet Waves Ukulele Capo boasts a durable construction and a light weight. Plus, it’s also quite compact, making it non-obstructive to use.

Planet Waves PW-CP-12 NS Ukulele Capo
Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros
  • With rotating screws, you’ll be able to tighten this capo with nuances.
  • Really durable construction.
  • Super lightweight so uke doesn’t feel top heavy.
Cons
  • Might not work on all ukulele sizes.
  • Putting on and taking off this capo takes a bit of time.

8 UGY Ukulele Capo

Lastly, check out the UGY Ukulele Capo. It’s one of the best clamp capos in the market. And thanks to its durable aluminum construction, you can be sure that this capo will see many useful years. The spring is also steel, so that will last too.

This capo comes with silicon pads with which it attaches to your uke’s strings firmly. The silicone pads make the pressure gentle though so that it does not leave a mark or cause any damage.

Furthermore, the UGY Ukulele Capo works with all kinds of fretted instruments like other capos on review today, from mandolins to banjos.

Also, this capo comes slightly bigger than the Planet Waves NS Capo we just reviewed. Nonetheless, it’s still quite compact and portable.

Altogether, the capo is super easy to use. However, you want to be careful not to bend your strings while putting it on.

UGY Ukulele Capo
Our rating:3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)

Pros
  • Easy to use.
  • Works for ukes of all sizes including other fretted instruments.
  • No fret buzz.
Cons
  • You could bend your strings out of tune if you don’t use this capo correctly.

Best Ukulele Capos Buying Guide

What Exactly Is A Ukulele Capo?

Firstly, did you know that “capo” is actually short for “capotasto”. This means “head of fretboard” in Italian.

That said, a ukulele capo is a small metal device which works essentially as a key changer. It works by wrapping itself around your uke’s neck, thereby, holding down all strings on a particular fret. As a result, your uke will produce a different tone. So, in essence, you change your key effortlessly.

Let’s make things a bit clearer. You’ll get everything we’re saying in a minute. Just you keep reading…

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Now, say you’re playing a shape of C on your uke but you want to change to a D. You just simply move your capo over to the second fret. Doing this will move you two steps into the key of D. So, instead of changing the shape, you’ll still be playing the shape of C but you’ll actually be on the D key.

Of course, there will be a small difference in tone than if you were playing the traditional D shape chord without a capo. Using a capo usually makes your ukulele sound a little more chimey. But if you love to experiment, then maybe a different sound will be just right for you.

Do I Need A Ukulele Capo?

Well, it depends on you. Many experienced ukulele players do not use capos for their playing. However, in the beginning, most ukulele players, if not all, would need to use a capo.

Now, as you advance in your ukulele playing, you’ll be able to play certain difficult chords better. So, you end up not needing a capo anymore. In fact, many experienced players find it a tad bit inconvenient using a capo to play their uke.

All the same, beginners would find capos really helpful. It makes it easier to play all kinds of songs without mastering every shape chord. The capo’s transpose solution actually does make things a lot easier for the novice.

Types Of Ukulele Capos

Spring-Loaded Capo

This comes with a spring-controlled handle which makes it easy for you to change the position of the capo on the fretboard with one hand. However, you won’t be able to adjust the pressure on the strings since the capo tends to be a bit bulky.

C-Clamp Capo

With a C-clamp capo, you adjust the pressure on the strings by turning a little screw. Also, there’s a lever which helps you put the capo on your uke in the first place. C-clamp capos are about the sturdiest capos you can come across. They are also the most expensive and the most compact.

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Elastic/Toggle Capo

Elastic/toggle capos are the cheapest capos you can find. They are also pretty lightweight and work with a simple elastic or notched system to tighten your uke’s strings.

Being inexpensive, chances of ending up with a low quality item are much higher. Many of them break easily and some could even pull your strings out of tune. So, you want to be super careful when getting elastic/toggle capos.

NS Ukulele Capo Pro

A pretty recent innovation, the NS ukulele capo pro is by D’Addario (Planet Waves). It’s really small and works good. Its only drawback is its ease of maneuverability or rather the difficulty of it.

Can’t I Just Use My Guitar Capo?

Well, of course. There’s no difference between a guitar capo and a ukulele-specific capo. So, if you own a guitar capo that works just fine, you can use it.

However, if the ukulele is your main instrument, that is, you play it regularly, we’d advise you to get a ukulele-specific capo. Other than that, a guitar capo is just fine.

Conclusion

Generally, our best ukulele capo on our review is the Soundsmith Premium Guitar Capo. It’s somewhat pricey when compared to other capos on our review. Nonetheless, it is definitely worth the money. It has no major con too.

For a ukulele-specific capo though, the Planet Waves PW-CP-12 NS Ukulele Capo is our number one choice.

Top 8 Best Ukulele Capos For The Money 2019 Reviews & Buying Guide
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