The Shubb Capo company began in California in 1974, when Dave Coontz and Rick Shubb collaborated to design and produce a new fifth string capo for banjo. They had a dissatisfaction with existing methods of capoing the fifth string on a banjo and discussed an idea for a fifth string capo that operated on a lever principle, so that it would provide sufficient pressure for a good tone, and ranted about how they couldn’t get anyone in the music products trade interested in making one. Finally, they said “if nobody else will make you one, I will.”
By 2015 they had sold 5 million capos!
Whatever new directions Shubb Capos might take, you can be sure that one thing will remain unchanged: their absolute dedication to meeting the needs of the musician.