Milton Kyser grew up the son of cotton farmers, and he would’ve rather picked cotton than go to school. That’s just the way Milton was. A good worker. A hard worker. It’s what drove him to join the Air Force. It’s what carried him through decades as a professional machinist, making ball bearings for the oil and gas rigs, and it’s that same get-up-and-go that kept Milton Kyser in the clubs of Deep Ellum night after night, handing out his Kyser Quick-Change Capos to local Texas musicians like George Strait and Gary Clark Jr., and saying, “Look. Here’s my name and my number. If you like this, call me and order some more.
From the very beginning, Milton did everything himself, by hand, and he’s made sure that every Kyser is still made the same way–by the hands of the Kyser family, and we mean real family, like nieces and nephews and sons and daughters. Our flesh and our blood, and we wouldn’t have it any other way, because making capos is what we know. We’ve been doing it our whole lives, and the whole time right here in Kaufman, Texas, a 5.6-square-mile town with little more than 3,500 people, and 4 barbecue restaurants.
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.