Our capos are cut from high-quality aluminum extrusion bodies and handles, stacked with the utmost attention to detail to guarantee the perfect cut.
Drilling the Bodies
The milling/drilling department houses proprietary machines designed by Milton Kyser himself, created specifically for these precise functions.
Milling the Handles
With one press of a pedal, a quick burst of air spits the handle into a pan while the operator is already loading the next.
Rounding the Edges
Mixed with a special finishing compound, the bodies and handles tumble in a vibratory machine until all imperfections disappear.
Readying for Paint
Our custom-made racks hold up to 100 bodies and 200 handles, and every single part is individually inspected as a quality control measure.
The Powder Coating Process
Once the parts are hung and spread evenly, powder coat paint is hand-applied to the parts and heat cured in a large walk-in batch oven.
Branding the Parts
The parts are taken down from the racks where they move into the stamping department to be given the great Kyser name for all to see.
Redrilling for Assembly
A skilled craftsperson runs a spinning drill bit through each and every body and handle, creating ease of assembly when inserting a rivet.
Protecting Your Neck
A team member applies the classic silicone “boot,” the piece that protects an instrument’s finish when touching the neck, to the back of the handle.
Straight, Right and Tight
Gluers are trained to place these on as straight as possible with little to no gaps and no squeeze out of the adhesive.
Assembling the Capo
After ensuring the body and handle are up to standard, the assembles mates the handle with body and makes it official using a rivet press.
Packaging — The Final QC
If the capos pass, they are inserted into their case and sent to distribution---the final step before making their way to players across the globe, and to your loving arms.
OF A LEGEND
There’s Big History in This Little Capo.
Exclusive Chrome Finish
A hand-applied, silver powder coat, because Milton liked to "make 'em shine"
"Milton Kyser" Signature Capo
A historic seal of approval from the company founder himself
Created to keep your instrument in tune for the long haul
Premium Blackout Appointments
Inspired by local oil lore, classic features tastefully adorned in East Texas gold
An inside look at our handcrafting process
Although most would never imagine, many steps go into the manufacturing and production of the Kyser Quick-change Capo. At least 14 different hands handle the capo throughout the process. And although our product could be made by machines or robots or mass produced in other manners, nothing can beat the pure heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears that go into each and every one… and we are all proud to say that we made it right here in our humble East Texas factory.
This is what it takes to build a legacy.
Our work is our family,
and so our work is our life.
Our work is our family, and so our work is our life. It takes 35 people to make just one Kyser capo, and we hand-craft each of them in a 15-step process from the best American-made materials available, and only on the custom machinery Milton Kyser designed himself. That’s because good parts and good work make good products, and at Kyser Musical Products it’s just that simple. Quality over quantity, or don’t bother coming in tomorrow. It’s Milton’s recipe; it’s the East Texas way, and it’s remained unchanged for nearly 40 years.
We are the house that work built. From Milton, to our President and his niece, Meredith McClung, and all the way down to the end of the line, Kyser Musical Products is a family that works, grounded in equality, bonded in pride, and committed to innovative manufacturing, while remaining dedicated to the artists that depend on Kyser Musical Products every night–and that’s not just an idea.