Some examples of musicians that use a capo on their guitar are Lisa Loeb (as seen in recent Geico commercials), and the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie.

As a musician who plays hard rock, I am aware of the unwritten rule that guitarists should not use a capo to play hard rock/metal.

But are there any metal artists who use a capo? Maybe some Scandinavian black metal bands?


I am not aware of any (metal) bands doing this, but this guitar cover of Devourment's Shroud of Encryption uses a capo, and arguably belongs to the heavier side of metal:

  • I am curious about this. This guitar isn't tuned to standard E, is it? I imagine is dropped, and the capo is used here mainly as an alternative to changing the tuning. My notion of using a capo would be on a standard E tuned guitar used to access higher registers. Jun 16 '21 at 17:49
  • You're right, I'd imagine the E string is dropped to somewhere between C and A. I thought you were interested in the change in timbre of using a capo, but of course in this case it's not a good example Jun 17 '21 at 17:05
  • Or, even better, a capo being used to alter a subset of all the strings, like the 3-low strings, or 4-high strings, etc. Jun 17 '21 at 18:30

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