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Guitar Heel – Explained 

If you are a guitar admirer or a beginner and want to know more about the instrument deeply or some need to modify the guitar then go through this content properly.  Some people buy guitar’s but leave them home without taking care or don’t play them usually , so this content is not for you and no need to understand the idea about guitar.  In this article, get the lesson about the guitar heel, why it is important, types of it and other information about it.

What is a guitar heel? 

The processing of a guitar is usually a difficult method and is generally handmade. Describing the method in an easier way, the neck portion and body of the instrument are made differently and after that both the parts of the instrument are attached together. But, the instrument evenly remains in a rich amount of pressure because of the account of the pull of the guitar strings. It indicates that it requires support at the part where the neck and the body part are attached together. This material of the instrument is known as the Guitar Heel and it mostly has an important role to play in giving fixity and support where there is any weak portion in the frame. 

Where is the guitar heel located? 

The guitar heel is permanently located on the back of the instrument. In the end of the instrument where the neck and the body are attached to the point. The point where the neck and the body meet , however, it has to be sure that the neck and the body are attached perfectly. Guitar heels are mainly of three types, the process that is used to meet the neck and the body parts are Bolted, Glued, and Spanish. Maximum acoustic guitars are heel glued to the neck and body part but some of them are bolted.

What’s the work of guitar heel? 

Guitar heel does not sum up only tuning fixity within the neck and the body portion however the different heels creates the separation that is used. This pick usually gets off to the player’s common flavor, ambience, budget, and tone partiality. An example, glued guitar heels are not too simple or can alternate however give a high tone best on account of the studio. In another way, bolted guitar heels simplify alternating the neck when it is harmed or crushed i.e it protects the guitar before it is broken. This is why the guitar is suitable for gigging.

Types of Guitar Heels

Three types of guitar heels are there we have already noted above:

  • Bolted Heel ia another name of bolted neck joint
  • Glued Heel also called sealed neck
  • Spanish Heel

Maximum guitars involve bolted or glued heels. You can recognize them whenever you look at the heel – if it is taken a metal plate and screws then you have to understand that it is a bolted heel. 

A glued heel will be more of a fid or ridge at the base of the neck of the guitar. 

To recognize a spanish guitar heel you look under the soundhole for a barrier of wood at the above end of the frame. If that barrier of wood is a portion of the neck as a piece then it is a spanish heel. On the external part it will match a glued heel and still have the look of an archway more than a ridge.

Spanish Guitar Heel

The Spanish guitar heel is a method of guitar making process, its features are in Spain and used in every Spanish guitar that are created. The Spanish guitar heel method is an easy process where the portion of the instrument neck stays under the body when making the instrument. It’s much more difficult and takes more time than the normal glued neck which appears in most of the Asian made guitars and other inexpensive guitars, still figuring out the profit that is truly worthy. 

Reason behind why the Spanish guitar heels are more costly than the other guitar heels such as boulted or glued —however, this is the reason too that the Spanish guitar heels are obviously better than the inexpensive ones. 

Types of Guitar Heel Wood

The guitar heel is always located on the backside of the guitar and can be made of different components than the fretboard. The variety of woods used for the instrument part is the main thing for the features of the guitar. It improves the ambience, playing ability, and tone of your guitar to a better range. The wood varieties made the base better for the instrument’s tone and sound. For example, some woods provide your instrument a soft sound when others make it just clear.


Rosewood is the most famous component for instrument parts. Rosewood is popular for its efficiency like muting overtones and making the high frequencies very smooth which can differently turn in the way. It even keeps up to sum up to the brightness.


A rooted wood that sums up to the neck fixity and decreases the chances of twisting, mahogany has a grainy presence that shrinks the sound of the vibration by burying. It is very famous for its skill to create a thick/thin sound output that sounds smooth.


Maple wood has the highest grave, it makes the guitar neck strong and solid, delivering great fixity and maintenance. Maple has a uniform grain and is more smooth than mahogany which makes a thin sound clearness better for bolted neck. 


All the facts and knowledge that we have discussed above this article may help you to pick your guitar neck composition to better fit on your partiality.The guitar heel is rarely taken care of, still it is basically the most important part of the guitar. With no guitar heel guitars would be distant, more permeable to breaking at the point of the neck joint,and have bad tuning fixity and will sound like the other way. 

Hopefully you may got some idea about guitar heel, why it is important and the other features. 

Yuvraj kore

Welcome to our blog! My name is Yuvraj Kore, and I am a blogger who has been exploring the world of blogging since 2017. It all started back in 2014 when I attended a digital marketing program at college and learned about the intriguing world of blogging.

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