Guitar accessory. Place CapoSonic on the guitar neck to make cool open tuning sounds using regular chords and scales.
CapoSonic is a new accessory and instrument for guitar players. It takes the idea of a capo and enables the guitar player to actually make chords with the patent pending levers and the three contiguous fret capability. The wonderful aspects and creative implications are vast. It enables the guitar player to embrace the “open tuning” rich and full sounds while playing standard chords, scales and regular patterns. It is a hybrid approach to playing the guitar. The CapoSonic Method is twofold: addressing the educational and creative performance values of the guitar. It enables “simulated open tuning” as a “backdrop” while providing unique, dynamic, richer, fuller, orchestrated sounds of your liking and choice. CapoSonic exposes a major breakthrough; the applications are numerous, diverse, valuable and powerful. Since there is a movement (and/or resurgence) toward alternative and open tuning sounds - CapoSonic’s time has come!
Kick off our first CapoSonic production run exclusively to those who back the project on Kickstarter. We want to start shipping CapoSonics before the Holidays, but we cannot accomplish our goal without your support!
Meet the Inventor
CapoSonic was born out of necessity! Ben Ryan is an avid music lover and guitar player. It all started many years ago, when a friend showed him open “D” tuning ... and the high school friends at the garage rehearsal space warned him nobody really played anything other than “standard” tuning. Fast forward many years, Ben Ryan saw some singer/songwriters using two capos and tons of alternative tunings - he thought there had to be a better way! So he went out and bought a bunch of capos and still found out it wasn’t quite what he was looking for, so he went on the web trying to find his idea. He went to all the music stores - local and regional - and in his extensive travels from New York to LA and many points in between, he still couldn’t find it. After hack saws in the garage and multiple capos on the neck, he knew this exercise was ridiculous and now he was really obsessed with realizing his vision. So he sought out engineers and machine shops with virtually no luck, all he got were all the reasons it couldn’t work, all the constraints, the problems, complications, and issues. By then, most any sane person would have given up. However, that just instilled the drive in him for the project even more and caused him to focus on it very intently. He did find a machine shop and owner, who would take on the project... and the rest is history! Click here for a YouTube video of Ben demonstrating the CapoSonic hands-on.
How CapoSonic Works
CapoSonic is a friendly device that one places on the neck of the guitar. With the patent pending levers, one is able to engage any of the strings - in the open position and in any of three contiguous frets. This enables one to place a chord configuration of your choosing as a tonic chord and play on top of it with poly-chords, absolute notes, familiar riffs, chords, scales and patterns.
CapoSonic Easy Application
CapoSonic is quick and easy to place on the guitar neck and it is easy to remove too! One just places on the guitar neck and gently tightens it for a firm grip. Then just play to your heart’s content.
"Rarely have I played with a musical device that opened my mind, turned the way I think of the guitar upside down and allowed me to have so much fun on my instrument. After Playing CapoSonic and speaking with [Ben Ryan] I regard him as a rare innovator who is taking the guitar into new tonal territory. As a guitarist, songwriter and producer who has played CapoSonic, I look forward to owning one as it will allow for an almost unlimited range of new chordal discoveries using the chords and fingerings that I already know. CapoSonic will provide inspiration when my writing is feeling hum-drum, and add a breath of freshness to my playing and recordings. CapoSonic can allow the performing guitarist to do on one instrument in standard tuning what used to require several instruments in many tunings. You have got to check CapoSonic out!"
- Jamie from NYC
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Our project is low risk to backers. Our current manufacturing is setup to accomodate one to one CapoSonic per order production. Meaning that we can immediately manufacture the number of CapoSonics required after achieving our project goal (up to 250 units per week). In this case, our delivery dates will remain intact and we will have no problems getting the CapoSonic 1st Generation Classic into your hands and onto your fret boards ASAP.
Our challenge is that if we are required to produce more than 250 CapoSonics per week, production will mandate an advanced manufacturing process. In this case, our plan is to shift manufacturing to a larger facility, where CapoSonic will be 100% machined, rather than machined and handmade. This high volume production introduces the possibility of lengthening our timeline for delivery.
Yes! Check out CapoSonic's YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/caposonic
For videos of Ben Ryan putting the CapoSonic on his guitar and demonstrating different songs and arrangements.
Yes we will add $10 to ship orders to Canada and $20 to ship orders internationally.
To make the most out of our Kickstarter funding, we've decided to offer the early adopters the first handmade prototypes. We intend to pre-sell a limited collectors edition and fulfill those early adopters requests for units prior to the end of the year. For all updates, sign up for our mailing list or follow along via our Facebook page or Twitter feed.
Initially, since it is handmade in the US, it will go for $247.56 on the Kickstarter ~ just one penny per chord configuration!
Yes, Currently the CapoSonic system has been developed for most all steel, 6 string electric and acoustic guitars. If you know your Guitar Manufacturer and Model number please email us and we will help you receive the optimum system for your guitar - we will help you to figure it out. CapoSonic is planning to address the idea of accommodating more sizes of guitars in the future,(i.e. 6 string classical nylon string guitars and12 string guitars, as well).
When properly used and placed on the guitar CapoSonic will not hurt the finish or the wood. By using the best materials available, medical grade and precision space technologies, it is safe - the metal and the wood never touch!
The term patent pending legally implies that a provision has been submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The CapoSonic system will carry the title of “patent pending” until the utility patent applications is formally granted from the USPTO.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on October 28, 2012.
Sep 25, 2012 - Oct 28, 2012
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Early Bird Special: First-Generation "Classic" - Includes one CapoSonic (Black), a chord chart, domestic shipping and a case for your CapoSonic.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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First-Generation "Classic" - Includes one CapoSonic in your choice of color (Black, Silver, Blue, Red, Yellow or Green) a chord chart, domestic shipping and a case for your CapoSonic.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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"CapoSonic 101" - A 45 minute Skype CapoSonic lesson from inventor Ben Ryan. Also includes one CapoSonic in your choice of color (Black, Silver, Blue, Red, Yellow or Green) a chord chart, domestic shipping and a case for your CapoSonic.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Founding Sponsor Package - Collectors of first 100 CapoSonic products. Each will be individually numbered and signed by inventor Ben Ryan. Includes one CapoSonic (Black), a chord chart, domestic shipping and a custom case for your CapoSonic.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Jam with Ben Ryan - Collaborate with CapoSonic Inventor Ben Ryan for a day. Also includes one CapoSonic in your choice of color (Black, Silver, Blue, Red, Yellow or Green), a chord chart, domestic shipping and a case for your CapoSonic.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Guitar Hero Package - Showcase your music as a guitar hero in our first CapoSonic commercials! Also includes one CapoSonic in your choice of color (Black, Silver, Blue, Red, Yellow or Green), a chord chart, domestic shipping and a case for your CapoSonic.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012