Tony Rice model from Elliott Capos

rice_capoA new limited-edition, hand-crafted Tony Rice signature guitar capo from Elliott Capos is now available. Made from hand polished stainless steel, they are offered in four widths, and each has Tony’s signature engraved along one of the arms.

Only 1951 will be created, a tribute to Tony’s birth year. Each will have “Tony Rice” engraved along the inside of one arm, with a serial number, and “Elliott-McKinney” on the other.

These are made as a part of Phil Elliott’s recent partnership with Tom McKinney, regarded by most professional players as the ultimate designer of modern capos. For many years, Tom manufactured capos himself, but has been licensing his design to various craftsmen on an exclusive basis of late. Elliott now markets a model incorporating aspects of both his and Tom’s designs as the Elliott-McKinney Hybrid, as well as standard McKinney and Elliott styles.

The four sizes available correspond to the following inside top bar widths:

  • Original – 1.848”
  • Standard – 2.000”
  • Wide – 2.090”
  • Widest – 2.170”

Tony is 100% onboard, and says he finds the new capo superior to the McKinney prototype he has used for years.

Tony Rice“For 33 years my original McKinney has been the only capo I have used. The new Elliott-McKinney Tony Rice Signature Edition equals my original in every way. The quality and craftsmanship speaks for its self. Without a doubt, this is the best new capo that money can buy and one I look forward to using on my old guitar for many years to come.”

The Rice signature capo sells for $235, with a substantial portion of the selling price going to Tony.

The Rice model is not yet listed on the Elliott web site, so orders need to be placed by email or phone (979-421-9393).

More details and online orders are enable at Custom engraving options are also available, and a stamped signature leather pouch is offered for $40.

Here are some more views, courtesy of Dave Carney.


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