Stretch Goal #5 - Thalia Capo Tuning Kit Option
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You have now UNLOCKED Stretch Goal #5. Here is our overview of what we feel is an exciting enhancement to the Thalia Capo!
THALIA CAPO TUNING KIT OVERVIEW
Our intent with Stretch Goal #5 is to expand the capability of ANY of our capos so that that they can be configured for use on Classical or 12-String Guitars! We specifically designed our capos with removable “fretpads” (the piece the frets the strings.) Now, when we say "removable" our intent is not for you to change these out whenever you wish, but instead to make it easy for you to convert ANY Thalia Capo for 12-String or Classical use. This design strategy also opens up the possibility of “tuning” your Thalia Capo so that it works better on guitars that have more extreme fretboard radii. Our standard fretpad will work great on most guitars. However, guitars with small radius fretboards like a 50’s Telecaster or guitars with very large radius fretboards like certain Jackson guitars will work better with a modified fretpad.
So what we are actively developing is what we are calling the Thalia Capo Tuning Kit. This kit will include 10 or more different fretpads and instructions for how to quickly change out the Fretpad on your capo. We are also working on some partials to add to this kit as well! We are now offering this “tuning kit” as an Optional $10 Upgrade including shipping for domestic orders or a $15 Upgrade for international orders including shipping.
Each kit will include (1) Classical Fretpad (no radius), (1) 12-String Fretpad (longer), (3) Steel-String Sliding Fretpads with different radii (to allow you to pick the one that works best on your specific guitar) and a duplicate set of all 5 these fretpads made out of rubber (for capo purists who don’t want our capos to slide.)
Now for most of our users, we expect that our standard capo will be just fine; so we don’t expect that most people would want or need this kit. But for those of you who want to use our capo on a Classical Guitar, 12-String Guitar or you want to tune your capo to better fit your specific guitar, then we think you will be very happy with this tuning kit.
Development Status & Timing
We are finalizing the design of all of these new fretpads right now and expect to release our CAD files to create injection molds in the next 2 weeks. We currently have 3D printed prototypes that we have been using to prove out the concept and fine-tune our design. The good news is that we have already created the injection mold for our standard fretpad so we have experience making these and expect the tooling process to go smoothly. Here is a picture of the same capo with two different fretpads installed.
And installation is fairly easy: All you need to do is peel off the liner on the fretpad to reveal a pressure sensitive adhesive. Then simply place the fretpad into the slot on the capo and you are done. We have added an alignment rib on the fretpad and a slot on the capo to ensure that this goes in perfectly. Here are some pictures:
The video that we released earlier this week that shows John Chapman playing Flamenco on a nylon string classical was taken while using a prototype of the Classical Fretpad that will be included in this tuning kit. In case you didn't see that video, here it is:
We expect to have these new fretpads done and ready to ship sometime in late January or early February. If you would like to order 1 or more of these kits, then you should add $10 for each kit that you want to your existing pledge in any of the reward levels that you are currently pledged in. We will then be sure to find out exactly what you want when we collect other information about your order such as inlay and finish choices at the very end of the campaign.
Now to be clear, if you want to convert one Thalia Capo to Classical and one to 12-string, then you would only need to buy 1 kit. Since both of those Fretpads are included. However, If you want to convert 2 capos to 12-string or 2 to classical then you would need to buy 2 kits.
As far as shipping is concerned, we will ship the tuning kits out separately as soon as they are ready. And we will ship out the capos first as we have already committed.
We hope that this is not too confusing. We thought a long time about how to do this and we feel that this is the best way for us to be able to offer these options to you and still be able to offer the full range of metal finish and inlay options that we know you love with our capos.
Chris & Thalia