Rockin’ Patent – J. Ashborn’s “Guitar Head”

  • US7279Rockin’ Patent: US Patent No. 7,279
  • Issue Date: 16 April 1850
  • In the name of: James Ashborn (inventor)
  • Title: Guitar Head
  • What’s claimed: “I also claim combining an eccentric roller with a capo tasto for moving and holding it down onto any desired part of a guitar handle, by means of a metal strap made to embrace the handle and capo tasto plate and attached thereto, substantially in the manner and for the purpose specified.”.
  • Why this patent rocks: a very early example of a patent relating to a capo.

Post by Iain Russell, Patent and Design Attorney, EIP

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