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John Pearse Acoustic Armrest  Rosewood

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Gives your arm a more comfortable contour and also helps to protect the top of the guitar from perspiration. Most importantly, it allows you to play ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Lifts your arm clear off the top of the guitar, giving you all the sound your guitar has to give.

Gives your arm a more comfortable contour and also helps to protect the top of the guitar from perspiration. Most importantly, it allows you to play normally while it lifts your arm clear off the top of the guitar, giving you all the sound your guitar has to give.

The outer edge of the John Pearse Armrest is a compound curve so that it can conform to a wide variety of body shapes. It is attached to the surface by means of a double-sided adhesive strip, developed to hold it securely without harming the delicate lacquer of the soundboard. If you have a guitar that has a high value as a "collectable", you may want to reflect on the addition of an Armrest because it is not considered "Original Equipment."

The John Pearse Armrest is designed as a permanent addition to the guitar - as is a pick guard or a bridge.


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John PearseAcoustic Armrest
 
4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (10)
  • Good quality (10)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Improves sound (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fits my OM perfectly with some sanding

I added the ebony version of this to my Composite Acoustics OX. It is a black OM size guitar. The reason I bought it was for comfort. When I played, I found that...Read complete review

I added the ebony version of this to my Composite Acoustics OX. It is a black OM size guitar. The reason I bought it was for comfort. When I played, I found that my guitar would really dig into my forearm. Adding this makes a huge difference in comfort; plus it give you a little extra volume/clarity. This is one of the best investments I've purchased for playing.

I was first looking at ordering the Junior or Slimline version of this armrest, that seemed to be what everyone on the forums was putting on their OM and 000 guitars. Instead I went with this Original size armrest because I wanted the length. Having a longer armrest allows me to use it more comfortably when seated and when standing. Had I gotten the smaller version, my arm would probably fall behind the rest when sitting.

There is a catch though. When I first stuck this on my baby, the radius of the rounded edge was not quite round enough. It still felt like it dug into my forearm. Also, the cut of the curve did not line up with where I wanted it on the guitar. So I took some waxed dental floss and removed the armrest (it came off pretty easy). I then spent an hour and a half hand-sanding this so it would match the curve of my guitar exactly where I wanted it installed. If you have a belt sander, it'll go quicker. I used 150, 220 and 400 grit. I then sealed it with Dunlop 65 cream of carnauba body gloss. Since I had cut through and ruined the original sticky tape that it came with, I used some 3M VHB tape that I had lying around. VHB is the strong tape. So, if you are following these steps, know that where you stick it is where it stays.

I'll be honest... It was exhausting, but it now looks like an original piece of my guitar. I also increased the radius of the rounded edge from 1/8" to about 3/8". It feels amazing! so comfortable. And she is noticeable louder and clearer now that my wrist is not on the soundboard.

I'm very happy with this armrest. Just wish I'd purchased this sooner.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

It did not work for me

After buying the armrest and examining it, I thought about how it might affect the resale value and salability of the guitar if I ever decided to sell it. How many people would want...Read complete review

After buying the armrest and examining it, I thought about how it might affect the resale value and salability of the guitar if I ever decided to sell it. How many people would want an armrest? It turned out to be a moot point. The armrest would fit the curvature of the guitar in only one position. When I rested my arm on the guitar, it (my arm) went behind that position rather than on it. Of course this was a function of the length of my arm and how I hold the guitar, and not necessarily a fault of the product. Hence the average rather than a lower rating. Your mileage may vary. I did not install the armrest. As it turned out, it would have done me no good if I had. And it might have done harm. I'm glad I took the measurements before installation, and before permanently and needlessly altering my guitar. Make one slip and it could be a disaster.
I purchased the rosewood armrest to go with the rosewood sides and back of my guitar. The armrest came with adhesive applied. It was contact cement, so all that would have been needed was removing the paper covering from the adhesive, positioning, and pressing in place. The instructions were well written and easy to understand, and one of those instructions pointed out the importance of careful positioning, because once applied, the adhesive is permanent.
The wood was of good quality and well finished, although smaller than I expected.
I thought the armrest was a bit pricey, but probably worth the cost if it would protect the guitar from the oils of my skin and improve the tone of the guitar as advertised.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fits my OM perfectly with some sanding

By Mike H

from West Palm Beach, FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performing
    • Practicing

    Comments about John Pearse Acoustic Armrest:

    I added the ebony version of this to my Composite Acoustics OX. It is a black OM size guitar. The reason I bought it was for comfort. When I played, I found that my guitar would really dig into my forearm. Adding this makes a huge difference in comfort; plus it give you a little extra volume/clarity. This is one of the best investments I've purchased for playing.

    I was first looking at ordering the Junior or Slimline version of this armrest, that seemed to be what everyone on the forums was putting on their OM and 000 guitars. Instead I went with this Original size armrest because I wanted the length. Having a longer armrest allows me to use it more comfortably when seated and when standing. Had I gotten the smaller version, my arm would probably fall behind the rest when sitting.

    There is a catch though. When I first stuck this on my baby, the radius of the rounded edge was not quite round enough. It still felt like it dug into my forearm. Also, the cut of the curve did not line up with where I wanted it on the guitar. So I took some waxed dental floss and removed the armrest (it came off pretty easy). I then spent an hour and a half hand-sanding this so it would match the curve of my guitar exactly where I wanted it installed. If you have a belt sander, it'll go quicker. I used 150, 220 and 400 grit. I then sealed it with Dunlop 65 cream of carnauba body gloss. Since I had cut through and ruined the original sticky tape that it came with, I used some 3M VHB tape that I had lying around. VHB is the strong tape. So, if you are following these steps, know that where you stick it is where it stays.

    I'll be honest... It was exhausting, but it now looks like an original piece of my guitar. I also increased the radius of the rounded edge from 1/8" to about 3/8". It feels amazing! so comfortable. And she is noticeable louder and clearer now that my wrist is not on the soundboard.

    I'm very happy with this armrest. Just wish I'd purchased this sooner.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worked very well for me!

    By Earp

    from Saugatuck, Michigan

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about John Pearse Acoustic Armrest:

        I'm a professional musician and one of the guitars I use quite a bit is my custom rosewood and spruce Martin D15. I had been intrigued by the John Pearse armrests for many years and wondered if they really made a difference. I had noticed that Doc Watson used them on his "Gallager" and that when he started playing a "Bourgeois" guitar he had one installed on that too. Recently I noticed that another guitarist I really admire, Jimmy Capps, uses them too. That was enough for me to give it a try.

        For the most part, I love the sound of my D-15 and I get a lot of compliments on it, but i wanted to see if I could improve it's volume and sustain. The armrest was delivered very quickly and after some planning for proper fit and position it was easily installed. All I can say is, "Wow!" Not only was it louder but it really rang (nice sustain) and as an unexpected bonus the highs really popped. It seems way more balanced tonally now but still has that wonderful sonorous Martin bass. My wife was in the room when I first strummed the guitar after I installed the armrest and she immediately commented on the loudness and tone.

        Everything I've read says the effectiveness of the armrest depends on what kind and size of guitar you have and it's qualities. Things like the type of finish (Glossy or flat), size, and types of wood, etc. make a difference on if it will be effective. Solid wood guitars will behave differently than laminates. Every guitar is different. All I can say is that for my solid wood rosewood and spruce dreadnought it made a noticeable difference. It really gets your arm off the top of the guitar and lets it vibrate more freely. If you're looking for a little more "oomph" for your acoustic I'd recommend giving one a try.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        easiest way to get more volume

        By guitarnut

        from winner, sd

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about John Pearse Acoustic Armrest:

          I've installed these on 4 different guitars from cheap to expensive and the increase in volume is just as noticable on one as the other. Looks good too.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Comfortable

          By D.O.R.K. 172

          from Meadville, PA

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          Comments about John Pearse Acoustic Armrest:

          I would and did recommend this product to my friends. It looks nice on the guitar and performs well. There are two things I would caution you on. The first is to be careful where you put it. The armrest is designed to be a permanent fixture on your guitar. If you're not sure about that then this product might not be for you. The second is to take the time to measure out where you want it. JP has a website and you can download and print out the size you want and place the paper version on your guitar first to get a feel of where you want it to go. I used a water soluble marker to mark where I wanted mine then stuck it in place. The cut out might even help you decide if you like the look of it before you order. Hope it helps and keep pickin'
          It's amazing that something so simple in design can have such an impact on the sound and comfort of your instrument while playing
          I chose Rosewood to match my guitar. The tape on the back which is what you use to adhear it to the guitar was hangin over the ends a little. A sharp razor blade and 5 minutes fixed it right up. Aside from that the wood has a nice finish and it looks great.
          It does what it says which allows you to play more comfortably and increase the volume.
          They claim 15-20% more volume to be exact but I don't know if I bleieve that. I really bought it for the comfort aspect which it is very comfortable. The increased volume was a bonus.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Be Careful!!!

          By DWdrummer67

          from Detroit, MI

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          Comments about John Pearse Acoustic Armrest:

          I put on eof these on my really expensive guitar, but neglected to pay attention to my arm placement on the body. I was so absorbed in trying to make in fit the outer contour of my guitar (as the instructions state to do) that I inadvertently placed it a little futher forward than I would want. I now have a very expensive example of example of what not to do.This product is made of really nice material, but the contour is matched to something other that your standard dreadnaught body. Just look at the picture on this site... the thing overhangs at the end. If you don't want that, you'll have the same issue as I had. Be careful!!!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Acoustic Armrest

          By Darrel Lindsey

          from Texas

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • It Works Well

          Cons

          • Can't Remove It

          Best Uses

          • Giging Guitar

          Comments about John Pearse Acoustic Armrest:

          I like the armrest, it gives relief to arm fatigue so far. The only drawback is once it's in place, it is a major chore to remove it if you need to.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Taylor 110

          By uncsteve

          from Rapid City S.D.

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • Work's Great

          Cons

          • Absolutely None

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing
          • Totally Comfortable

          Comments about John Pearse Acoustic Armrest:

          I was getting a polished spot where my arm rested on my satin finish Taylor 110. This not only eliminates that problem, it just blew me away how it opened up the sound. Much more bass and just all around a way more balanced sound. I got the standard ebony R.H, and it fit real close to perfect. Take your time, and follow directions. I don't even know it's there while playing,just way more comfort, way better sound,does everything it say's it will and more!!!

          (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Incomplete Description

          By Leftie

          from Los Angeles, CA

          Comments about John Pearse Acoustic Armrest:

          This is a RIGHT handed rest only. There is no LEFT handed rest. The description does not describe that it is right hand specific. I lost money in shipping costs to and from, only to find out the rest does not work.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Guitar Arm Rest

          By Garth Price

          from Kansas City MO

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          Comments about John Pearse Acoustic Armrest:

          Love it, never have seen any others like it. Was on back order for a month, so apparently not a popular item (need to get the word out)
          Really makes a difference getting your arm off the guitar. The slight raise in your arm position also gives a better angle of attack and is very comfortable.
          wood vs. plastic no contest
          Considering it will last the life of the guitar it's placed on, it's well worth the money invested.

          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          It did not work for me

          By Wayne Mishler

          from Arkansas

          See all my reviews

          Comments about John Pearse Acoustic Armrest:

          After buying the armrest and examining it, I thought about how it might affect the resale value and salability of the guitar if I ever decided to sell it. How many people would want an armrest? It turned out to be a moot point. The armrest would fit the curvature of the guitar in only one position. When I rested my arm on the guitar, it (my arm) went behind that position rather than on it. Of course this was a function of the length of my arm and how I hold the guitar, and not necessarily a fault of the product. Hence the average rather than a lower rating. Your mileage may vary. I did not install the armrest. As it turned out, it would have done me no good if I had. And it might have done harm. I'm glad I took the measurements before installation, and before permanently and needlessly altering my guitar. Make one slip and it could be a disaster.
          I purchased the rosewood armrest to go with the rosewood sides and back of my guitar. The armrest came with adhesive applied. It was contact cement, so all that would have been needed was removing the paper covering from the adhesive, positioning, and pressing in place. The instructions were well written and easy to understand, and one of those instructions pointed out the importance of careful positioning, because once applied, the adhesive is permanent.
          The wood was of good quality and well finished, although smaller than I expected.
          I thought the armrest was a bit pricey, but probably worth the cost if it would protect the guitar from the oils of my skin and improve the tone of the guitar as advertised.

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