rating system

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The key to the twangCORP grading system (see below) is the age of the instrument, each rating is relative to this factor. Every few years is another set of potential gigs and potential bruises, so if you have a ten year old guitar with only a couple of dings you know you are doing well; if it is only a week old you will have to be more careful! As a rough guide for every decade of the guitar's age it would score the next incremental level above a newer guitar.

As a rough guide If a 2009 guitar scores a C+, an identical guitar from 1999 might rate a B-. Of course age & ratings always need to be read alongside the full description (and a detailed Q&A). Use our rating system as a sensible starting point.

I never use the term 'mint' for a used guitar, or even a brand new guitar, without a few caveats, as 'mint' guitar rating cannot guarantee a cosmetically perfect guitar. Even just off the most experienced luthier's workbench there will always be a character mark or two lurking somewhere or a few pick scratches!

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Please ask for a no-obligation detailed description on any guitar you are interested in, I am always happy to do a thorough double check - including a microscopic crawl for all cosmetic flaws (always remembering these are guitars and not astronomical mirrors).


grading system



GRADE A (Excellent): 3 divisions

A+: 'factory gate' = untouched, unplayed with tags.

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A: 'shop floor' = miniscule factory imperfections and/or miniscule playwear.
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A-: 'excellent overall condition' = minimal playwear given age. Ungigged and definitely all original.




GRADE B (Good): 3 divisions

B+: 'particularly good used condition' = below average playwear (given age). mainly home or light studio use, well looked after and all original.
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B: 'very good used condition' = occasional gigs and studio use, expect some play wear & marks, probably all original - check description.
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B-: 'good used condition' = sensible gigs & studio use, play wear & marks consistent with this, possibly all original - check description.




GRADE C (Average): 3 divisions

C+: 'above average used condition' = regular use, gigs & studio, marks & wear consistent with younger guitar, possibly some non-original parts - check description.
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C: 'average used condition' = no major issues, marks & wear consistent with regular gigging, possibly not all original - check description for details
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C-: 'below average used condition' = extensively played, hard life with accompanying dings, play wear & marks, probably not all original.




GRADE D (Below Average)

D: 'well used condition' = playable but with issues or non-original parts - check description carefully for details.




GRADE E (Poor)

E: 'flawed or damaged' - in need of work (which will be fully outlined).




GRADE F (Irredeemable)

F: 're-cycle/firewood/noise making only'


Some (unsolicited) Feedback
I have many more comments on file. Please also check my 100% eBay feedback for twangCORP over 10 years. But it's twanging guitars not blowing trumpets I am interested in, and I post selected comments here to reassure new visitors that although twangCORP might be low key and low turnover I still aim to give buyers the best possible professional service.

At all times, the Ethic of Reciprocity is the golden rule I try to apply:.

'IN ALL DEALINGS TREAT FOLKS AS YOU WOULD WISH TO BE TREATED'

twangCORP has maintained a 100% record both from its website and on eBay, but I am never complacent and aim to keep the highest standards for customers at all times.


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Just wanted to write a quick email to thank you again for the great guitar (Martin Alt-XT). It was a pleasure meeting you and talking music/guitars on Monday. Was indeed a very pleasant and easy transaction, great doing business with you. I love the guitar and it sounds beautiful with my setup, so I'm very happy.
Wales

Guitar has just arrived well wot can I say I opened the case and was stuck for words ( stunning ) without doubt the best guitar I have seen
(Graham Parker Custom Telecaster) you wasn't wrong it is a bit special I am over the moon a big thanks for letting me be its new owner.
England

I've had a play and I am thrilled with it in every way. Your description of its sound was spot on. Not an easy thing to do. It's definitely found a home where it'll be loved and used for a long time to come. Thanks for everything Tim. Nice to have got my Gent
(Gretsch G6122-59 Country Gentleman) from a real gentleman..
Scotland (Highlands)

It arrived yesterday and all looks good to me. Thanks for the good communications plus the excellent packaging and preparation.

Scotland (Lowlands)

Just to let you she has arrived. Very, very nice guitar... gorgeous neck.

England

The guitar is in my hands ! All perfect, good boxing ( Gibson ! ;) ), no problems at all, all very fast. Thank you very much and hope to get some new deal from you in future
Italy

Everything you described is spot on. Very high quality guitar.
England

Arrived safe and sound. Another lovely guitar beautifully set up!

England

Got it and Love it! Thanks so much.
England

Bloody Perfect!
England

Tokai arrived safe and sound. Love it!
England

Guitar has arrived safe and sound and I'm loving it. Great guitar for Rock n Roll/Rockabilly and it looks better than it does in photos...many thanks,
England

Just wanted to thank you again for everything with the guitar; I finally got my hands on it at the weekend (as I was away with work when it arrived).
I'm really pleased with it, and the customer service you have shown during the purchase, it was top notch.

England

Many thanks for your extremely professional service. Please feel free to use any quotes from my emails, as I am so impressed by the service you offer.
England

I thought I'd drop you a line to let you know the guitar arrived today. It's absolutely beautiful what more can I say?
Scotland

I absolutely love it, and have not really touched my other guitars since bringing the Parker home!

England

"..the Akkerman has just arrived and I must say in absolutely stunning condition! What a beautiful instrument! Thanks for all the trouble I put you into for finding the warranty card, but now every document remains with the original guitar! If you ever have anything else from Framus for sale, let me know! Thanks for the great deal."
Netherlands

Guitar received in fantastic condition. I can't praise your service enough.

England

"(Surfcaster) Arrived safely after crossing the pond. Nice packing my friend! It looks amazing."
California

Many thanks for your kind and professional advice, fantastically quick responses
and wonderful service. It was a genuine pleasure doing business with you.

England

Very, very pleased indeed. Best packing on a guitar since I last sold an archtop myself.
England

Again, thank you very much for the very professional information and contact.
It was a pleasure to do business with you.

Germany

A top guitar from a top seller - really helpful, brilliant packaging
England

'Just to let you know how much I'm enjoying the guitar... Thanks, too, for the advice, support and general good vibes. Long may you twang.'

England

I was impressed by the speed of delivery.  In fact, having purchased guitars through a variety of sources, I have to say that I was impressed by your professionalism.  If the occasion were arise, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another guitar from you.
Nova Scotia

'The DeArmond (7 string) guitar arrived, safe and in perfect condition :)
Very happy with how it plays, and the sustain is good.
Thanks for top sevice..'

Norway

'I'm really pleased...you boys done good. It's about time I stopped buying guitars; the idea was to sell several to make some space in the house. And then folks like you put all this temptation in my way....'
England
 
'Thanks very much for another great deal and thank the previous owner too. Hope to do business again someday....'
England

'Great guitar, great service, highly recommended.'
England

'I'm going to have more time over the next week to pick it up and get to know it properly but I felt I should let you know that all was well. Nice strings too by the way, I've not heard of Dr Ducks before.'
England
 

'I wanted to email you sooner to tell you that the DeArmond was fantastic to play once it'd been acclimatised*, taken out of the box and tuned up**. Thanks for getting it to me safely.'
England

*[twang
MART ALWAYS ADVISES GUITAR BOXES COMING IN FOM THE COLD SHOULD BE LEFT AT LEAST 4 HOURS IN A ROOM TO SLOWLY WARM UP BEFORE OPENING TO AVOID SUDDEN TEMPERATURE CHANGES.]

**[twang
MART GUITARS ARE ALWAYS SHIPPED PARTIALLY DETUNED TO AVOID POTENTIAL NECK ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH TEMPERATURE CHANGES TYPICALLY EXPERIENCED IN TRANSIT.]


'Still enjoying making a great racket with my Rev. It couldn't have been set up any better for me either....it's exactly where I want it to be. Where do you get Dr. Ducks strings from ? I like 'em a lot.'
England

'Once again. thanks muchly for the deal; your communication as ever was spot on, the gigbag is great and the guitar feels like an old friend already!'
England

'The guitar arrived safe and sound on Tuesday (posted previous Thursday from UK, so arrived on 3rd full working day to Northern Canada). I am so happy that I decided to include the (Hiscox) case, i'm very pleased with both. When I fired up the guitar I was so impressed that I bought the (other) 800 I was telling you about...'
Nova Scotia

'..your item was delivered thursday at 11am very fast, amp is in fantastic condition very well packaged with no damage, many thanks for your excellent packaging, comunication and speedy dispatch, this is a fantastic item at bargain price. many thanks again..'
England

"I just thought I’d let you know how I’m finding the Surfcaster after a couple of plugged in plays. Sounds as good as it looks. The (CUSTOM WOUND) KA bridge pickup surprised me most – nice and bright but with no harshness at all. Perfect for understated Pretenders, Tom Petty type rhythm accompaniment. The middle position gives a nice plummy honk which involuntarily had me attempting country style licks. I’ll keep an eye on the website!"
England

    "The eagle has landed. No obvious transit damage, thanks no doubt to your careful packaging. She is undeniably beautiful!
    England

    "Abolulutely superb service. If I could leave 6 stars, I would!"
    England

    "The (Jackson) Surfcaster has arrived! All fine and I'm very happy with it. Overall, I'm positively surprised... Thanks very much for your efforts to get fast and reliable shipping."
    Germany

    "Over the moon with the guitar, you have been excellent to do business with and i look forward to dealing with you again"
    England

    "Thanks again for such a great guitar and being so cool to do business with."
    Ohio

    "Beyond Excellent. Easy communication and Fantastic protection with shipping."
    California

    "SUPER GUITAR AS DESCRIBED GOOD SERVICE AND SWIFT DELIVERY'"
    England

    "great item in superb condition, very genuine, 100% recommended'.
    England


    "The P-40 already reached my hands this morning, as you see shipping was very fast, and at last it could have been delivered yesterday, if it wasn't for a routing mistake which made them put it the wrong vehicle, then attempting to deliver it yesterday in a wrong location, Lisbon it seems... :-) Thanks a lot for the careful packing."
    Portugal (but not Lisbon, DHL take note!!)

    Beautiful instrument, well packed, smooth transaction.
    Scotland

    1st class service! Excellent product description, communication,and dispatch. Cheers, you are one savvy guy,not only do you understand guitars to the nth degree, you understand people ! a very rare combination ! and thank you for those strings, a beautiful touch, cheers, you deserve to succeed.
    Wales

    Good to do business with you.
    England







    twangCORP Gallery - specialist guitar sales & instrument brokerage, ex-Private Collection Guitars, Callistocaster Mercury Red Tele, Chandler Austin Special Ted Newman Jones, Fender Baja Telecaster custom with Stetsbar, Graham Parker Rosewood Telecaster Custom Shop, Fernandes MV95HT (Tomoyasu Hotei), DeArrmond Starfire IV, Cort HBS-II Hiram Bullock SIgnature, Ibanez Talman tv650, Ibanez Talman tc530, Ovation Ultra Kaman UKII, Parker P6E, Parker P36, Parker P44, Yamaha SGV300, Framus Nashville Standard, Framus Renegade Pro, Framus Renegade Custom, Framus Nashville Standard with Bigsby, Tokai Love Rock ALS56V, Hamer T-51, Cordoba Fusion 14RS, Ibanez Performance Nylon Electro Acoustic, Italia Imola, G&L ASAT Classic III (1 of 100). G&L ASAT Special Ltd ELectric Blue (1993), Godin Freeway SA,, Gordon Smith Galaxy Galaxi Custom 1984., Godin Artisan TC, Levinson Delta Blade Classic, Godin Glissentar, Godin Artisan ST, Hamer T-51, Ibanez Performance Nylon String Electro-Acoustic, Framus Nashville Standard, Framus Nashville with Bigsby, Ovation Ultra Kaman, Ibanez Talman TV650, VHA QUADRATONE, Tokai ALS56V, Yamaha SGV-300, Tokai Love Rock Black with Bigsby, Italia Imola,