rojarosguitar wrote:There is a very slight damping of the guitar as compared to not touching the guitar at all with the right forearm (which is what some players do) but very much less as compared to the situation without the arm rest.
I have now played the arm rest by Kris Barnett for few days and it kind of became an integrated part of the guitar; I barely recognize it's there at all, it feels so natural to have it there.
I did some more close research in the damping issue. As I wrote (see quotation) the comparison was with not touching the lower bout at all.
If I compare playing with or without the arm rest, the situation just the opposite: without the arm rest much more damping and much closer sound than with the arm rest. It's really a big improvement.
Ergonomically I coud imagine some imprvements to the construction: the rim could be less thick, the edge could be even more rounded; but these are minute details; this arm rest certainly is far above any other three I had ever tried before. The price is not small but still fair. Rare Earth magnets are already quite expensive, too. Thanks to Kris!