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    A capo never sounds as good as open strings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skwee View Post
    A capo never sounds as good as open strings.
    Well, yes and no.

    Firstly, it depends on how good the guitar is.

    Secondly, it depends on the particular type of sound you are seeking.

    For example, it would be difficult to achieve the sound of "Here comes the sun" without the capo being on the seventh fret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skwee View Post
    A capo never sounds as good as open strings.
    Not really a valid generality.

    Most often, IME, the problem is that the guitar setup is wrong (assuming it's not just some psycho-acoustic thing where your ear/brain can't accept the change in timbre the shortened scale causes). Could be a lot of things, but a good setup with capo usage in mind (and tested by the tech) might make a difference.

    Molly Tuttle playing with a capo on the 4th fret. Sounds Ok to me. (I'd be the last person to go up to her and tell her she'd sound better without a capo )

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    Quote Originally Posted by skwee View Post
    A capo never sounds as good as open strings.
    I can personally attest that IME when it comes to recording, some guitars sound better with a capo.

    The resonance of a guitar is highly variable especially with less expensive(under ~ 4 k USD) guitars.

    A J-200 or equivalent is generally balanced enough that a capo doesn't degrade the tone either, again, IME.
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    I should say that you can absolutely sound amazing with a capo in play, but to my ears you invariably lose overtones and have some deadening on an acoustic instrument. I feel like I could tell if someone was using a capo or not on a recording.
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