Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Your points are probably representative of the majority of people - like me, not having access to the handrests when I /really/ could have used them forced me to adjust how I worked my picking hand to keep from pushing the trem about.
But there are some who would still like the option of having an anchor point where they can brace their hand and not worry about warbling things, without affecting how the trem itself works.
Enter the handrest - stands over the trem (btw; it's adjustable, and made to be kept VERY low, so that you can rest your hand, yet still palm-mute without feeling like a foreign object is there), pull up unchanged (rest just sits there in 'neutral' position - but when it's time to dump the bar, the trem 'picks up' the handrest, and takes it along for the ride.
Look closely at the pics - it sits /just/ over the saddles. My good but somewhat skeptical friend's first test-play of my RG7 (he has two of them as well) had him literally saying that he tried to notice it, but simply couldn't. Apparently it was quite seamless in feel to him.
End result; he wants me to make two of them for him.
Anyway, you're right; it's not for everyone.
I'm just a) satisfying a 15 year old desire for this hardware by making it myself, and b) extending the idea to include our beloved 7-strings.
I wonder if Skarekrough is still hunting for this option?