Steve Martin has purchased several capos that he is currently using on his beautiful vintage banjos during his tour. Here's what he has to say about them:
"The capos are working great. They've changed the show for me and eliminated the 'tuning worry' I was going through each night."

Look at what Jody Stecher has to say...
"The Perfect Pitch produces a tone virtually identical with a hard nut so I get the same banjo tone on every fret. This may be the first time in banjo history this has occurred and I think it is a significant achievement. In a blindfold test or in listening to a recording there is no way to tell that the banjo has a capo on it. I think this is a major virtue of this capo."

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A message from Jonathan – the new owner

After years of working together on the Perfect Pitch Capo, it's inventor Al Ferguson (my friend and bandmate) has moved on to other things. That means that I am now left as the owner of Perfect Pitch Capo.

I am looking forward to implementing some positive changes - better build quality, faster turnaround, even BETTER customer service (if that's possible!) and some refinements to the design. I will also be posting some new videos on tweaking your capo for best performance.

Still hand-made in the USA!

Customer survey
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How to install the Ferguson Perfect Pitch Capo

Installing the capo is not rocket science, but the capo will perform best when installed properly. With just a little practice, you will be able to install it quickly and properly every time. Notice that there is a V-shaped part at the top of the capo. The thin flexible metal strip is referred to as the “tongue”.

1. Slide the tongue (the thin metal strip) between the strings and the fretboard at the desired fret position. For banjo, install the capo from the 5th string side. Guitar, from the bass side.

2. Push across the fretboard until about 3/16th overhangs on the opposite side. (Note: When sliding the capo in place, the low string should not catch and be deflected or pushed over.)

3. Gently slide the capo towards the fret until it touches. This is important!

4. With your right hand push down on the top of the capo with 2 fingers, while tightening the knob with your left hand. Tighten JUST until the tone is nice and clear. You will soon get a feel for just the right pressure for your instrument. Excessive tightening is not necessary or this capo to provide 1/2 cent perfect pitch. If you get any buzzes, try pushing directly over that string and tighten slightly.

Practice putting on the capo several times. Once you get the hang of it and the right tension for your instrument, it will become easy!

In the event that you cannot make it work on your instrument, call me @ 530- 380-2276.

Joyful picking!

 Using the capo up the neck

Here’s a new video about using the capo up the neck. We have had a LOT of questions about this. As you can see, it works just fine to reverse the capo and move it anywhere you need to!


Installing the capo

Note: this video does no mention that the capo should slide right up against the fret.