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AbdulMateen
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I have a Yamaha FS100C acoustic guitar.

In website it says Fingerboard Radius: R400mm (15 3/4") what does it mean I can't understand as I am a beginner.

I want to get a capo for it, so i want to know if it has a flat fretboard/fingerboard or radiused fretboard/fingerboard.

I bought Daddario NS Artist Capo but D string buzzes a lot even if capo tension is increased somewhat (standard tunning).

To check capo pressure i am picking strings downwards just exactly as how we do when tuning a guitar and D string buzzes a lot.

I don't want to keep high tension on the strings by tightening the capo a lot as it would defeat the purpose of getting an somewhat expensive capo with screw adjustment for tension too.

I am using Gibson light 11 - 52 gauge strings on the guitar after i tried to make the capo work with a little tension adjustment in the screw had no luck, and strings got out of tune after some trials.

I have been looking in between NS Artist Capo & Tri-Action Capo from Daddario.

Please help, I can return NS Artist Capo and get Tri-Action Capo if its more appropriate for acoustic guitars and for my Yamaha FS100C.

Thanks

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AbdulMateen-- Welcome. I'm surprised nobody has replied yet.

Anyway, here is a decent explanation of fretboard radius: https://www.fender.com/articles/tech-talk/what-is-fingerboard-radius

I would suggest taking the guitar to a competent repair person to see if it needs a set-up. That's what the issue sounds like to me. Your NS Artist capo should work fine. That said, if you can, try a Shubb capo. They are simpler and the screw allows for fairly precise adjustment.

Here's another question: Is your heart set on light-gauge strings? My suggestion would be to switch to mediums. I think you'll find mediums aren't as affected by a capo as lights are. (In fact, I'm wondering if your guitar was set up for mediums, and the buzzing you're getting is caused by the switch to lights. The guitar generally needs to be set up for the gauge of strings you're using.)

I hope that helps....

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15+" fretboard radius is pretty flat. I have the D'Addario / Planet Waves Capo and can recommend it, but the NS doesn't seem like it's working for you. You could also Check out Shubb capos. They also have adjustable tension and come in several different varieties to work with different fretboard radii and they're cheap (very affordable).

 

Dont bother with the D'Addario Tri-Action capo. It's junk compared to the NS and Shubb. Cant fine tune the tension anywhere near as easily or precise as you can with the other two. 

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I used to think a capo is just a capo, then I bought a G7 model 3 with ART, couldn't get it not to buzz on multiple guitars.

Your guitar could be in need of a setup as suggested. Try moving the capo position very close to/ on the fret to see if that helps.

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31 minutes ago, Mr. Paul said:

I used to think a capo is just a capo, then I bought a G7 model 3 with ART, couldn't get it not to buzz on multiple guitars.

Your guitar could be in need of a setup as suggested. Try moving the capo position very close to/ on the fret to see if that helps.

My G7 ART does NOT buzz at all it's great I love it...

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