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fungusgeek
01-10-2017, 11:34 AM
What is the proper term for that bump on the back of the neck?
Thumb stop?

Such as this (with credit to Beau Hannam):

Picker Jon
01-10-2017, 11:39 AM
It's called a volute

Dan Gleibitz
01-10-2017, 12:51 PM
I always thought they were goiters. :p

I'm not sure if they've got any purpose, but done well they sure look pretty and provide a nice hand feel when carrying guitars by they neck.

LDS714
01-10-2017, 01:39 PM
I always thought they were goiters. :p

I'm not sure if they've got any purpose, but done well they sure look pretty and provide a nice hand feel when carrying guitars by they neck.

They reinforce the neck at the weakest point. Lots of 50's & 60's Gibson solid body guitars broke there from falling over, and the repair often times included adding a volute.

Michael Smith
01-10-2017, 03:24 PM
On a ukulele I call them a mistake. Leads to a cramped tired thum.

aldwyn
01-10-2017, 05:41 PM
I thought it was a "heel". But perhaps that is just for the neck itself, and not the body part that supports the neck.

kohanmike
01-10-2017, 08:29 PM
There is something similar to that on my Godin Multiuke and I really like it, gives me a solid comfortable place to rest my thumb when playing certain first position chords.