The Banjo Glossary Project 2018  
Monday, December 10, 2018

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Ears Usually a banjo neck is made from a piece of wood a little over 2" wide. Since the peghead is wider than this, it is necessary to add width to the peghead area by gluing two pieces of matching wood to... read more
Edge Dots

Markers inlaid into the side of the fingerboard for easy position reference are called "Edge Dots," and are sometimes referred to as "side position markers." The dots are placed so that they are... read more
Electric The A.C. Fairbanks Electric was the first banjo to use the scalloped tone ring that was later to be used in the Whyte Laydie model banjos. The scalloped tone ring is based on a patent granted to... read more
End Block

The End Block is a big chunk of wood inside the bottom end of a stringed instrument that reinforces the joint where the sides meet. The end block also provides support for the end pin. End Blocks are... read more
End Piece

The "end piece" or "end graft" is a decorative wedge or other design element at the point where the sides of a stringed instrument join, usually at the end pin. Some instrument makers use the same... read more
End Pin The end pin is a screw that passes through the banjo rim into the end of the dowel stick. It usually has a round or hex shaped end with a hole for securing the tailpiece bolt.
Endpin Jack

Electric guitars have a built-in audio "jack" to plug in a cable to connect it to an amplifier. When a pickup is added to an acoustic instrument however, a jack needs to be installed to allow... read more
Endpin (or End-Pin)

On a guitar, an Endpin is the little button at the bottom of the instrument that holds the strap so you can play standing up. On other instruments (such as those of the Violin Family, for instance) an... read more