Dunlop 83CB Trigger Acoustic Capo - Black
This was the most popular capo under $15 and was rated highly enough to be included in the 2019 edition of our guide to The Best Capos.
- Clamping Mechanism: Torsion spring trigger
- Materials: Aircraft-grade aluminum, proprietary material padding
- Tension Adjustment: none
- Suitable for: 6-string Acoustic Guitar
Users love the simplicity of the design paired with solid build quality. This capo is a great fit for younger musicians or those suffering from arthritis because it has a padded handle and an ergonomic shape. This helps to make the capo easier to position because you get more leverage when using it and the padded handle helps to reduce strain on your hand.
There are a couple concerns with this capo. First, the capo bills itself as being for both 6 and 12-string instruments. There’s a reason that there are separate capos for 6 and 12-string instruments. A 12-string guitar requires more pressure than a 6-string guitar, and when you use a 12-string capo on a 6-string guitar it can make your guitar sound out of tune. There are a few reports of this capo exerting too much pressure, although this complaint isn’t present in every review. Second, there are reports of people selling counterfeits of this capo at various online retailers that support 3rd party sellers, so if you go with this capo, verify that it’s an actual Jim Dunlop product or buy from a reputable seller.
If you're looking for a brand-name capo with a clamping pressure that's not too strong, the 83CB is a great choice.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Capos.