Hey I'm a new guitar player and have been learning on my friends Rickenbacker (picture below) for a month or so now. In a previous post I talked about getting used to other neck widths as the Rickenbacker has a small nut width.

In this one I want to ask about the small piece of metal that covers the strings at the base right after the last pick up. I've made it a habit to rest my hand on there some times. When trying out other guitars I habitually do this and mute strings. When I get a new guitar should I put one of those guards on it or learn to play without one. Are there benifits to learning to be comfortable without one?


Last edited by cjchyea at Apr 16, 2008,
If there is any benefit, it's entirely subjective. I find it easier to mute strings with the help of my picking hand palm and so far I haven't noticed any deficits in my playing as a result of it.

I don't think you'll need to - the only side effect of resting your palm on the bridge is you may rub out any paint (if there is any) on the bridge.
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