FRETS.COM Illustrated Glossary

At the foot of the neck
© Frank Ford, 9/14/98 Photos by FF

The heel is the portion of the neck that attaches to the body, and curves downward away from the fingerboard:

This "pointy" guitar neck heel is often called a "French heel."

Here's a flat heel on a modern Jazz guitar:

Banjo necks have heels, but they're not as deep as a guitar's:

That's because most neck heels extend the full depth of the body.

This neck has no heel!

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