|Endpin (or End-Pin) noun
01:09On 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 Endpin is used to attach the tailpiece. A traditional Endpin fits into a tapered hole so tightly without glue, that it can't back out!
Endpins serve a specific function and most are plain and simple and are made from wood, metal, or plastic. An Endpin, as with any other component of a musical instrument, can be highly stylized and customized by its builder.
Endpins often are employed for more than one purpose... for example, while most guitar Endpins are simple buttons attached by screws, other designs combine audio jacks into the pin to connect to an amplifier.
Another example of dual purpose can be seen in Endpins found on Cellos and Upright Basses. On these instruments, Endpins are often referred to as "spikes" because they include an extendable anchor (a spike) for the instrument to be secured to the floor while it's played.
Also See: Endpin Jack
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