|Endpin Jack noun
01:08Electric 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 connection to an amp.
An "Endpin Jack" addresses this need and serves the dual purpose of combining an audio jack with an endpin button to attach a shoulder strap to the instrument. Sometimes an Endpin Jack is also called a "strap jack" for this reason.
Endpin Jacks are installed almost exclusively in Guitar and Mandolin Family instruments. They allow for an audio connection to be made without unsightly (and permanent) modifications to the instrument's body that other jack installations might require. An Endpin Jack requires only a slight enlargement of the existing endpin hole which is not visible once installed.
Endpin Jacks usually protrude about half an inch more than plain audio jacks, and have a machined groove added to hold a strap. Once the strap is in place and the audio jack goes in, the rest is up to the musician...
Also See: Endpin (or End-Pin)
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