Rory Gallagher’s Bill Russel Elastic Capo

Used most notably at the Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970 (see photos below on Sinner Boy and Gambling Blues.

According to book “The Guitarist’s Guide to the Capo” by Rikky Rooksby, this was one of the earliest mass-marketed capos. It was made of an elastic material with a metal bar attached to it. The capo is still available on the market today, in form of the Dunlop Bill Russell Elastic Double Heavy Capo.

According to Tony Bacon’s The Telecaster Guitar Book (Second Edition 2012, pp. 2-3), Muddy Waters used the exact same model.

Rory Gallagher using a Bill Russel Elastic Capo during Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970.
Rory Gallagher, Live at Isle of Wight Festival. Screencap YouTube
Rory Gallagher using a Bill Russel Elastic Capo during Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970.
Rory Gallagher, Live at Isle of Wight Festival. Screencap YouTube

In case you yourself are in the market for a capo, but would prefer something more modern, be sure to check our list of recommended guitar capos.

Submitted by: Ingemar

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