Al Ferguson, known in the banjo world as the developer of the Perfect Pitch capo, has a new product to introduce to the fretted stringed instrument world.
The Fret Paw capo goes against most of the tradition in the capo world, which insists that the device should be as small and unwieldy as possible. In fact, its design involves an apparatus that is longer than the average fret space, though it fits quite low and close to the fingerboard.
And that is exactly what Al had in mind, a capo that would clamp the strings down effectively without posing any sort of obstacle to the left hand or the fretting fingers while installed. Its shape and design also allow it to be used beyond the 5th fret where the banjo neck widens since it clamps from the right and doesn’t encircle the entire neck.
The individual stainless steel “fingers” on the capo allow for the pressure to be adjusted for each individual string, and made to easily adapt to any radius on the fingerboard.
The Fret Paw capo is offered for banjo in both flat and radiused models, and for guitar both radiused and flat in two nut widths. The selling price for all the Fret Paws is $39.95 and they can be ordered online.