Our History

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.

Our Approach

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.

Our Future

It takes 35 people to make just one Kyser capo, and we hand-craft each of them in a multi-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 with Milton's great-niece Meredith Attebery leading Kyser into it's promising future, it's remained unchanged for nearly 40 years.

The Kyser Timeline

1980

Milton Kyser, a young machinist with a love of connecting people through music establishes an East Texas guitar accessory company known as Kyser Musical Products.

1985

To help musicians change keys effortlessly with one hand, the ambitious founder invents a trigger mechanism for guitar capos that eventually became Kyser's signature Quick-Change functionality----and remains remarkably unchanged to this day.

1996

The company expands its assortment of quality accessories to include care and cleaning products, beginning with the recognizable Dr. Stringfellow line of guitar polishes. The line has since evolved to include humidifiers, strings and many more performance essentials.

1999

The Quick-Change Capo line welcomes its first non-acoustic capo, which boasted a special radius and lower tension developed especially for streamlined electric necks.

2000

Kyser introduces its first "sublimated" capo, broadening the company's creative capo possibilities beyond paint colors and into custom-dyed patterns and designs. The first, the KG6F freedom capo, was a nod to Milton's time as a Korean War soldier and a company-wide commitment to supporting vets with music.

2006

Once hand pressed into the aluminum of the capo body, Kyser evolved its signature logo imprint by switching the process to a special ink stamp.

2012

Nearing the end of his life, Milton passes the Kyser torch to his great-niece Meredith Attebery, who currently assumes the role of company owner and president.

2020

The company celebrates 40 years in the business by debuting its first signature capos, appropriately named the "Milton" and the "Meredith".

Our Process