|Edge Dots noun \ˈej ˈdäts\
01:02Markers 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 visible to the musician and are most common on necks of fretted instruments including guitars, mandolins and banjos. In fact, most modern fretted instruments have these little markers for easy reference. Edge Dots are rarely used or found on Violin Family instruments (although exceptions certainly exist!).
Edge Dots are usually inlaid rather than painted on, and most are simple black dots, although stylized Edge Dots can be found on many a custom-made or higher-end fretted instrument.
As beautiful and decorative as some fancy fingerboard inlays may be, for many musicians it's actually these little dots inlaid into the edge of the board that make for visual references as they travel along the fingerboard.
Classical guitars, mostly as a matter of tradition, usually do not have Edge Dots.
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