Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Clamp of Approval: Kyser Capos

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Clamp of Approval: Kyser Capos

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In 1978, after getting a patent for his Quick-Change capo, Milton Kyser of Grand Prairie, Texas, converted his garage into a workshop. Local guitarists quickly discovered the ease of operation facilitated by Kyser's design, and within a few years, he and four other workers were hand-making capos in a proper shop.

Four decades later, almost any guitarist who uses a capo has clamped on a Quick-Change at some point. Kysers are still made by hand, using locally sourced components and packaging, at the company's factory in Canton, Texas, and the original device's basic design remains intact.

"Certain tweaks have been made regarding the length of the capo's nose; the texture of the body, which had slight ripples for a while; and the color of the silicone boot, which touches the back of the guitar neck," says Kyser's Max Lintner. …

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