Cradle Capo

New Gear/New Toys Review: D'Addario/Ned Steinberger Cradle Capo

D'Addario Accessories adds the NS Cradle Capo to their accessory line. Designed in conjunction with Ned Steinberger, the self-centering Cradle Capo is popular among bluegrass and folk players but actually any musician can benefit from its simpler and effective design.

It is fast and easy to position with its stainless steel self-centering design, the Cradle Capo centers behind the neck of your instrument automatically, assuring horizontal string-pull for perfect tuning and intonation. This capo is thinner and lighter weight than others and the adjustable micrometer lets you dial in the perfect pressure, allowing the freedom for quick transitions while conveniently storing it behind the guitar's nut when not in use.

My guitar player loved it! He said: "You squeeze it to release the hinged bar that reaches across the neck of the guitar, and a slight curved spot on the side of the capo makes this easy." Covering the entire width of the guitar's neck, we found the capo to work well over the wider neck of his 12-string Taylor guitar and that guitar's tuning mostly remained the same with or without it during live performances.

The D'Addario/Ned Steinberger Cradle Capo (PW-CP-18) sells for: $99.95 MSRP or $69.99 MAP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com