C7 and C7B.
I was introduced to the concept of partial capoing many
years ago by the great acoustic guitarist Harvey Reid and
by Jeff Hickey, who developed the Third Hand capo (an elastic
capo designed exclusively for partial capoing). These guys
both were users of Shubb capos for "regular" capoing, but
were WAY into the possibilities of partial capoing. In addition
to using a Third Hand, I noticed that Harvey had modified
one of his Shubb capos by cutting it down so that it skipped
the outside string and covered only the next three. He got
some really wonderful sounds with this partial capo. Shortly
thereafter I saw Chris Proctor using one he had customized,
evidently inspired by Harvey.
A few years later I met Adrian Legg, who was introduced to
me by John Pearse as "the best guitar player in Europe,"
which is no exaggeration. I noticed that he, too, was using
a sawed-off Shubb capo quite a lot, as an integral part
of his amazing guitar style.
Adrian, Harvey, Chris, and Jeff had urged me for quite
some time to put an end to this wanton mutilation of Shubb
capos, and to actually make one ourselves that would do
It wasn't good enough to just cut off a portion of our guitar capo; we built a crook into the frame that allows the capo to clearly skip the outside string without buzzing, while covering the next three. Then we altered the pad to line up with this new geometry. We nicknamed the odd looking new capo the Dogleg because of its angular bend. We didn't use that name officially when it went to market, but for a few years we still called it the Dogleg around the shop.
In 1995 we introduced our partial capo, and it has been growing in popularity ever since.
It skips the outside string and covers
the next three, either 2-3-4 or 5-4-3 (emulating DADGAD
Partial capoing is NOT the same as open tuning. If you're
not clear on this concept, read
C7 (nickel plated featuring roller design)
C7b (plain brass, original design)
C8 (nickel plated featuring roller design)
C8b (plain brass, original design)
C8 and C8B
Skips the sixth string (low E) and covers the other
five, emulating a drop-D tuning.
Applied from above the neck (from the bass side), it cleanly
skips the bass string and centers solidly on the neck while capoing the other five strings. While it is possible to accomplish the same thing on many necks using our one of our regular capos, they need to be applied from the treble side, off-center to avoid the bass string. Many users prefer to apply the capo from the bass side. This capo is designed to be applied from the bass side, with a step built in to skip over the bass E string, and it centers properly for improved stability.
C8 (nickel, with roller):
C8B (plain brass, original design):