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Heel Cap
© Frank Ford, 9/13/98 Photos by FF

Most instrument necks have a heel cap which covers the flat end of the heel. There's no structural need for a heel cap, but the neck would look less complete without something to "finish off" that portion of the neck.

Here are a few guitar heel caps:

An ebony cap that matches the binding:

An ivoroid heel cap that matches both the binding and purfling:

The lines under the heel cap are laminations, not purfling. It's much easier to simply stack up a few layers on a small surface than it is to inlay the lines around tight corners!

An ebony heel cap that contrasts with the binding and matches the purfling:

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