Whether you pronounce it kay-poe, or kah-poe, capos are an important tool in making music. If you’ve been into the store you may have seen our wall of capos, and maybe you’re wondering why we have so many. I’m here to tell you why. For sake of discussion, let’s talk about a six-string, steel-string guitar
When we put a capo on our guitar we are bending our strings, bringing them out of tune. There are two main categories capos fall into; top-closing and bottom-closing.
When we use a top-closing capo, we are putting string 6 (Low E) under more tension than string 1 (High E). Although this snap-on, snap-off action is desirable, it puts our strings out of tune unevenly across the fingerboard.
When we use a bottom-closing capo, strings 6 through 1 are all under the same amount of tension, allowing them to remain in tune with each other. The only downside is that these bottom-closing capos can sometimes take more than a few seconds to put on and off. But! We have a solution for this. We have a few models of capos that are bottom-closing and fast acting.
Come on in for an in-person demonstration of our capos, to try them out yourself, and to learn even more. Oh yeah.
Hey Everyone! It’s Nicole here, your band instrument repair technician.
When it comes to instrument repair and maintenance, there are so many possibilities and pathways. If you didn’t know already, I wanted to inform you of what I think is one of the coolest parts of our repair facility; Free Estimates. Yeah, that’s right. If you drop your instrument off for us to look at, a repair quote is free!! That means you can gain knowledge of the problem, we can help find the best solution for you, and no hard commitments will have been made.
As an instrument owner and once a high school student, I know that money can be tight. That’s why I love that we offer free estimates. By taking your instrument in for an assessment, we can help you get an idea of what’s going on before it gets any worse. Once the quote has been placed, you have many options, and we, here at NCMC, want to figure out which is best for you and your instrument. So, if you feel your instrument needs to be cleaned, simply looking for an evaluation, or are in need of a repair, drop your instrument off and get a free repair estimate with us. We’re here to help, all you have to do is ask.
In 2011 the CITES appendices deemed Ebony as an endangered wood species. That meant that, without proper documentation, this wood was basically unusable in guitar manufacturing, and getting wood with the right paperwork was difficult. But it was more than that.
Ebony has been farmed for years, and the way it was being farmed was not the most environmentally friendly. Essentially, what was happening was that loggers would go out into the forests everyday, cutting down 20-30 ebony trees. Ebony is a variable wood, and has some dark spots as well as light streaks. Only about 3 of those trees being cut down each day was being used in manufacturing, as they had no irregularities in color. We realize now that those streaks of blonde are quite beautiful, but the realization, and use of all those cut-down trees, came almost too late. The ebony supply was quickly disappearing, and Taylor Guitars has seen this, and is making efforts to restore and preserve our ebony supply.
Taylor Guitar’s Ebony Project
Taylor’s Ebony Project is working towards a “more socially responsible and environmentally sustainable model of sourcing ebony.” In 2011 Taylor Guitars entered a co-ownership of an ebony mill in Cameroon, Africa. In this partnership, not only does Taylor Guitars focus on the ethical and efficient sourcing of the wood, but they are also working on planting new ebony forests. It’s vital that we plant new ebony forests because, as Bob Taylor himself said, “if we don’t replant, we won’t be making guitars in 50 or 100 years.” That may seem far away, but it takes many years for an ebony tree to become mature enough to yield a product. Through ethical growing, sourcing, and ideals Taylor Guitars is helping ensuring the presence of ebony in our future.
For more information, and cool videos, on Taylor Gutiar’s Ebony Project, visit their website.
If you’ve come in the store, you probably know that we think D’Addario is a fantastic company. What you might not know is that they are a resource for tips, trick, information, and further resources. The education section of their website is seemingly-endless, so check it out if you have time! Click Here to be taken to their resources page, where you can choose by instrument family, or look at general information.