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The part of a stringed instrument player, typically banjo, that others would like to put their hands round. - Anon

The part of some stringed instruments protruding from the body up which the strings travel passing from the tailpiece, over a bridge, (possible over a nut and frets) to tuning pegs. A neck is usually made of workable hardwood such as Mahogany or Maple or even a softwood like Cedar and has a Fingerboard laminated to the top which may or may not carry frets. Necks carry a lot of tension from the strings and are prone to warping or bending. Newer instruments use a truss rod to compensate for any tendency of the neck to bend. There is still the possibility that a neck will twist, but that is more to do with materials and construction than the tension.