|Ball End String noun \ˈbȯl ˈend ˈstriŋ\
00:48A "Ball End String" usually refers to a steel guitar string. It's called a "ball end" even though the ball is actually a small hollow cylinder, and resembles a small ball...
There are three ways Ball End Strings can attach, depending on the guitar's type and design. The ball either seats embedded in the top plate of a guitar through the bridge, secured by a bridge pin (most dreadnoughts are designed this way), or it pulls in from the backside of a pinless bridge, or is held by a tailpiece (many jazz guitars have tailpieces).
Ball ends are sometimes fixed to banjo strings, and sometimes to nylon guitar strings, but they are rarely used on professional grade banjos or classical guitars.
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