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Have you ever seen a finger rest like this?

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Jul 20, 2019 - 5:45:34 AM
77 posts since 6/22/2012

finger rest

Just wondering if this is something unusual. It was to me!


Edited by - sirtwangalot on 07/20/2019 05:52:29

Jul 20, 2019 - 6:16:09 AM

196 posts since 11/1/2006

Yes - Hartnett made one back in the teens of the last century. It is a metallic unit, and I have one on my tenor banjo. I think that it was an aftermarket item, but I've seen them on Bacon Professionals of the era.
The metallic bar under the strings and over the moon bridge - I've never seen that before!

Jul 20, 2019 - 7:39:34 AM

1430 posts since 6/2/2010

Looks like a home-made item to me. Looks like drywall screws holding it together.

Jul 20, 2019 - 8:33:29 AM
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331 posts since 4/17/2019

I think it’s a muffler, since recording can erase limitations, why limit the head from vibrating?
My fingers are enough

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:16:03 AM
likes this

4505 posts since 9/21/2007

The D.E. Hartnett Adjustable Tone Bar was a bit different-- I am a fan of them (and have fabricated a few replicas).

The Hartnett Tone Bar was adjustable to create a platform that was parallel to the strings so that the distance for the strings remained the same from the bridge to the fingerboard.

Hartnett's Tone Bar was designed for the popular and common style of playing at the time-- "guitar style" or "finger style" (as opposed to "banjo" or "stroke" style).  That was bare fingertips on gut or silk strings.

The banjos were built with no back angle to the necks and the action was quite high with a low (1/2") bridge by design.  D. E. Hartnett also sold a slightly taller (than the standard 1/2") bridge to go with it.

The advertising claims were to "prevent hooking" (pulling up instead of across the strings) and muting with head with the little finger (most people only anchored the pinky).

This was long before the use of Hawaiian Guitar picks on steel strings.

I agree that the one in the video is a homemade invention.

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:22:52 AM

4505 posts since 9/21/2007

Looking closer at the video-- his looks like a pretty good design.  The drywall screws screw into blocks that clamp the finger rest to the stretcher hoop and flesh hoop.  It is not adjustable but would cost nearly nothing but time and scrap wood to make so one could make them until they got it how they wanted it.

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:25:55 AM

289 posts since 1/28/2013

There was a metal rod type, that was advertised here on the Hangout up until a few ago. Some players need their fingers at a certain angle, especially for precise picking like that. The one in the video actually looks better, because it is wider, and further away from the strings than the one that used to be advertised on BH.

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:38:16 AM

77 posts since 6/22/2012

The description is hilarious :).
Apparently if I don't use one, "it is impossible to feel decently sorry" for me.

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