FRETS.COM Illustrated Glossary

Banjos have 'em, guitars and mandolins don't. . .
© Frank Ford, 11/15/98 Photos by FF

Banjos have about two dozen hooks for maintaining tension on the head. It's not surprising that there's an accessory designed specifically for protection against those little uncomfortable bits of hardware.

This Bacon & Day "Silver Bell" tenor banjo is fitted with just that sort of armrest:

Armrests are seldom found on other fretted instruments, although they have been available at various times. Guitar armrests, for example, really have no convenient method of attachment, so most players avoid them.

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