November update

After a period of relative quiet on the website, while selling a few through Reverb and Gumtree, I am about to start on reducing my own jazz 'collection'. But how does one sell guitars that have been so carefully curated? At the core of this (unintentional) 'collection' is a number of mainly first year Peerless guitars, which were bought by me as soon as it became clear the astounding quality that was coming out of the Peerless factory (after it cut back its production numbers following long term contracts with Epiphone, Gretsch etc.). And although many of the Peerless guitars are clearly influenced by Epiphone and Gretsch models, there are some very noteworthy originals as well - the Deep Blue perhaps being the most spectacular. Nevertheless the key to Peerless is the undoubted quality and commitment invested into these guitars, whatever the underlying infuence.

Keeping on the jazz theme, there are also 3 from the Aria FA series. These are from the other renowned Korean manufacturer Samick.

Shipping Charge Increase

18th September 2017

UPS has dramatically raised its basic shipping charge by around 40%. This has been reflected in the price obtainable for both UK and overseas shipping via Transglobal, Interparcel or any of the other booking agents we use. To make matters worse UPS is also increasingly adding a further 'remote delivery charge' for what it considers 'out of town' destinations of around £21, as well as an additional £2.34 residential delivery charge! All that can be said to mitigate these increases is that other (reliable) couriers are generally still more expensive.

twangCORP has always kept shipping prices as low as possible, at cost price to us or less, while always sourcing the best couriers (to avoid the neglect and damage that can occur with cheaper companies). At this point, however, it is looking as if basic shipping within the UK will now be minimum of £30 depending on the destination, dimensions and value of the instrument. Shipping inclusive of insurance within the EU will vary country to country and location to location, but will typically now be a minimum of £70.

We are aware of couriers (no names) which offer budget services, but these seldom turn out to offer value. Too many of these companies are at best casual and at worst negligent with goods; damage being the norm rather than the exception. Likewise shipment tracking, even if offered, is seldom reliable. Then read the small print to find specific exclusions for musical instruments in the extended insurance terms.

And while twangCORP never seeks to make any profit on shipping (we often refund overpayments on estimated postage when too high), it is surely a false economy (for the sake of an extra few quid) to carefully pack and prepare a guitar for dispatch only to see it run over (or into) by a fork-lift truck, dropped five metres from a conveyor belt, dragged out of its packing (and case) and across a concrete floor, or thrown over a three metre fence and into a puddle because the delivery guy couldn't get an answer first time.

And yes, each of these above calamities have indeed befallen guitars sent to me over the years.

NOTE: Currently we do not ship outside of the EU because of the complication, charges, delays and additional documentation now required because of 2017 CITES regulations on rosewood. This has been a huge blow to twangCORP, as we have always regularly dealt with customers worldwide from St Petersburg to California, Newfoundland to Australia.

the sales rooms & advance listings

twangCORP sales rooms (updated 29th March 2017)

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BOX ROOM
For archtop jazz boxes (hollow, acoustic, thinlines and semi-acoustics). Scheduled but as yet unlisted Jazz Boxes.



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PLANK ROOM
For guitars of a mainly solid body persuasion. It generally errs towards 'Telecaster' (tm) style guitars - but not always. Scheduled but as yet unlisted Planks.



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GIZMO CUPBOARD
Amplifiers and the other sonic gadgets to plug into,
Scheduled but as yet unlisted Gizmos.







shipping

I am pleased to announce after a protracted search to find a reliable single point of contact service ensuring all instruments (even ones over £1000) can be sent with genuine full insurance cover (even for damage) to all destinations worldwide that I have signed up with: transglobal-express-logo-web2

Deliveries in the UK will probably be via UPS (depending on carton size), while European shipments will be with either FedEx, UPS or DHL, depending who offers the best deal at the time.

NOTE: because of the uncertainty surrounding CITES regulations since 2nd January 2017 (and the inclusion of rosewood), and in line with most UK dealers, twangCORP will be shipping to EU countries only for the foreseeable future. I apologize for any inconvenience caused. Consequently our last export for the time being outside arrived in Canada just before the CITES deadline in December 2016. Thanks to our valued customers in Australia, Canada and the USA for their support in previous years.

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