|Fingerrest (Finger Rest) noun \ˈfiŋ-gər ˈrest\
00:46A Fingerrest (Finger Rest) is an elevated support for the fingers of the picking hand and is primarily found on arch top guitars and mandolins. It is much like a pickguard except that it is elevated from the face of the instrument to provide a place to rest your fingers.
Most people refer to fingerrests as pickguards although there is no need for a guard on these instruments because the strings are so far from the face that a pick wouldn't touch, let alone scratch it.
Some fingerrests are elegantly designed and subtly blend with the instrument while others are created as a fashion statement unto themselves.
Gibson is generally credited with the innovation of the elevated fingerrest, and patented the device in 1909.
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