In 1974, Milton Kyser had an idea. He wanted to build a better capo. After personally drafting plans for the tooling and machinery he'd need, he flew to Germany and oversaw their creation. In 1978, he was awarded a patent for his Quick-Change™ and converted his garage into a design and production workshop – what he calls his first "factory". Sales started slowly, but word of mouth, our device's convenient "quick-change" feature won over players, first locally, and eventually through a growing network of dealers. Within five years, we moved the business to a small shop in Grand Prairie, near Dallas, starting with just four workers. In 1998, to meet growing demand for this invention, we built another new facility in the small east Texas town of Canton. Our new space expanded offices and production capabilities and added employees, bringing our current workforce to 35.