|Back Strip noun \ˈbak ˈstrip\
00:37A Back Strip is a decorative inlay in the center of the back of a stringed instrument, especially an acoustic guitar.
The backs of classical and steel string guitars are usually made of two matched pieces of wood. Instrument makers will often decorate the joint between the two pieces with an inlay of wood purfling or marquetry. Luthiers generally call this inlay a "backstrip."
This kind of center joint decoration is rarely used on carved instruments with arched backs such as mandolins, archtop guitars, violins or cellos.
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