D’Addario NS Tri-Action Capo PW-CP-09

96 out of 100. Incorporating 4100+ ratings and reviews.

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The PW-CP-09 first appeared on our recommended list for Guitar Capos from our first edition in June 2017 until September 2019 when it was initially branded as a Planet Waves product as this brand had been acquired by D’Addario.

Then in August 2021, after being re-branded as a D’Addario product, it had high enough ratings to go back on our recommended list where it remains today.


The D’Addario Planet Waves NS Tri-Action Capo combines the usability of a trigger-style capo with the control of a c-clamp capo.

To place and release the capo you grab the trigger portion, and to control the tension you turn the thumbscrew on the bottom. Like other trigger-style capos, you can also clip the capo to the headstock when it isn’t in use.

While it combines the best parts of trigger and c-clamp style capos, it’s main issue is that the thumbscrew has a limited range of tension when compared to a true c-clamp style capo.

If you use thicker gauge strings or a 12-string guitar you may find that this capo doesn’t have the tension necessary to produce a clear tone, but other than that it has high ratings for a reason.


  • Clamping Mechanism: Clamp with Micrometer Tension Adjustment
  • Materials: Aircraft-Grade Aluminum
  • Tension Adjustment: Screw
  • Suitable for: 6-string Acoustic, Nylon String and Electric guitars
You can see more options in our guide to The Best Capos For Guitar.

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