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Does anyone use a Capo on their bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kidgloves2, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. kidgloves2


    Mar 27, 2006
    Are there any famous bass players that have used a capo on their bass? Or do any of you do it?

    Just curious
  2. waffle puzzle

    waffle puzzle space and time coordinator

    Aug 22, 2007
    Sacramento, CA
    If you or anyone else out there hasn't heard of Jeff Schmidt---he is a truly remarkable solo bassist----check out his myspace, I know he is a TBer, or at
    www.beautiful-bass.com (I think)

    he uses a capo sometimes, but I wouldn't call his bass playing traditional.....
  3. Michael Manring- he has a section here.
  4. Yup, both of them do and so do I. :)
  5. I do for one song I wrote. I put it on the 6th fret and strum chords using the E and A for drones.

    almost sounds tolerable
  6. RBradley


    May 20, 2007
    Napa, CA
    i do

    they are fun
  7. Richard Bona uses one, sometimes partially capo'd too.
  8. m3t4lhed


    Jun 15, 2007
    Chennai, India
    martin mendez (opeth) used it for one song from the damnation album (windowpane). i dont
  9. i used to use one when dr milk (My band) played kyuss covers.

    i chucked it on the first fret of my fiver and tadaa, c standard bass
  10. BellBottomBlues


    Feb 21, 2007
    New York
    Endorser:Fender User:Rotosound, LaBella, Ashdown, Lindy Fralin
    I use a lot of of capo's. I like to clamp it on the 12th fret for a lot of songs.
  11. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I use one for one song.
  12. I played at my church (Bass and Acoustic guitar) and for a while detuned to Eb to play all those songs that seemed to come up , then slap on the capo to play regular keyed tunes. It worked pretty well for the guitar, but I prefered just bringing the 5-string to cover the bass.
  13. I forget what song exactly, but there was one where I would have bet 100$ mccartney was using one to drone a D while playing his hofner
  14. Fretless1!


    Feb 19, 2007
    No. Sounds like some of y'all play chords. Might help there. Otherwise, seems pretty useless.

    Somebody mentioned playing in Eb. I just play the flat keys on 5 string.

    I guess it might make some sense if you played everything in flat keys. Actually, it doesn't. At worst I'd tune to Eb like Nate Watts (Stevie Wonder). When a song came up in E, I'd just play it in F.
  15. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    I've never had my bass refuse to pay back a loan, so I guess I'd have to say 'No'. But sometimes, when I'm learning a song my band's playing in a key but the recorded track is in a higher key, I do use that fret clamp thingie to play along with the track.

  16. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Yep! Instant piccolo bass. :bassist:
  17. EddieG


    Jan 19, 2005
    The guy from Kasabian uses one, can't remember what songs though.
  18. I use one on the first fret for one song my band does because for most of the song, it suits the tune... It jusrt makes sense to use it considering the notes I play. I don't *need* to use it but it makes this one tune about twice as easy to play and allows for certain drone and accent notes to be played...
  19. Shakey

    Shakey Vote for Pedro!!

    Apr 12, 2005
    Roanoke, Va
    I'm not opposed to the idea, but I have never used one.

    Never had the need...
  20. I've seen a video of Peter Hook playing with New Order and he was using a capo.