I've been asked, "does the Shubb Dobro capo only
work on a square neck, or does it work on a round neck, too?" Before
we look at the answer, let's look at the question:
Probably. We're either going to clear up some confusion
here, or create some more.
Technically speaking, the terms "square neck"
or "round neck" refer to the actual shape of the neck, not
the the string action. The terms "Hawaiian style" and "Spanish
style" refer to the setup ...whether the strings are raised high
above the fretboard for slide style (Hawaiian) player, or lower for
fretting with the left hand (Spanish style). These terms aren't used
much these days. Most bluegrass players don't think of their music as
being particularly Hawaiian, and your average blues man doesn't identify
with Carlos Montoya. Still, these terms accurately distinguish the two
setups common to Dobros, or resonator guitars.
In recent years people have begun using the term "square
neck" synonymously with "Hawaiian" (above). Now that's
fine as far as it goes, because you CANNOT set up a square neck instrument
to play Spanish style. But you CAN set up a round neck instrument to
play "Hawaiian" style, and some are built that way.
So back to the question: "does the Shubb Dobro capo
only work on a square neck, or does it work on a round neck, too?"
The answer: it's made to work on guitars set up to play
"Hawaiian" style. That means all square necks, and some (but
not most) round necks. Fortunately, we have several other models of
capo to cover all your round neck needs.
I'm glad we got that straightened out. Or did we?