The North American Guitar exchange

Specification Guidelines

How to spec your instrument

  • • Name. Seller’s name.

     Instrument location. Where the guitar you’re selling is located.

    • Email address. Email address to confirm your listing.

    • Telephone number. Please also include country dialling code here.

    • Type of instrument. You’ll be asked to select the type of instrument you’re looking to sell. Please pick from the drop-down menu in the form when submitting your information and photographs.

    • Description. You’ll be asked to provide a general description of your instrument. Please write a paragraph here to be used on your listing page.

     Condition. You’ll be asked what condition your instrument is in. You’ll be able to select from the following:

    • Mint. Select this option if your guitar is in showroom condition and has spent most of its life in a case. There should be no aesthetic or technical issues with the instrument.

    • Excellent. The instrument is almost free of blemishes or is in better than expected condition for its age.

    • Good. An instrument with some cosmetic imperfections such as small dings.

    • Fair. The instrument has some larger cosmetic imperfections that affects its appearance and/or playability.

    • Poor. The instrument has major imperfections that will need attention in order to make it playable and/or structurally secure.

    • Price. Please let us know here what price you’re looking to get back for your instrument.

  • • Brand. This is the maker / builder.

    • Model. What model of instrument is it? For example, a D-28, a D1, a D2H, OOO.

    • Year of build. You can usually find this information in any documentation that accompanies your instrument.

    • Serial number. For acoustic guitars, this can usually be found on the interior label; for electrics, this can often be found on the reverse of the headstock or in accompanying documentation.

    • Case. Let us know if your instrument comes with its original case and if that is a hard-shell or soft-shell case. If you can, let us know the case brand.

    • COA. Let us know if your guitar comes with any special documentation such as a certificate of authenticity.

  • • Soundboard / top wood. This is the top wood of your guitar.

    • Back and sides. This is the wood that makes up the back and sides.

     Neck. What material is your neck made from?

    • Fretboard. What material is your fretboard made from?

    • Tuners. What brand tuners does your instrument have, what is the tuning ratio (if known) and are they open or closed gear?

    • Nut material. What material is the nut of your guitar made from?

    • Pickguard. Yes/No

    • Nut width. To measure nut width, take calipers (or a ruler if you don’t have calipers) and simply measure the width of the nut, edge to edge. Nut width = neck width.

    • String spacing. Take a tape measure or ruler and put it next to the strings, then measure the distance from string to string.

    • Scale length. The best way to determine the scale length of a guitar is to measure the distance between its nut and the centre of its 12th fret. Once you’ve discovered the value, double it. And voila – you’ve established the scale length. Keep in mind that guitar scale lengths are typically measured in inches.

    • Upper bout width/depth. Think of the upper bout as the ‘shoulders’ of the guitar. To get the width, measure across the width of the guitar at the widest point of the upper bout. This will be roughly just above the soundhole (if you have the guitar standing upright). To measure depth, do the same thing but across the side rather than the top.

    • Lower bout width/depth. Think of the lower bout as the ‘hips’ of the guitar. To get the width, measure across the width of the guitar at the widest point of the lower bout. This will be below the bridge of the guitar (if you have the guitar standing upright). This will be the widest part of the guitar. To measure depth, do the same thing but across the side rather than the top.

  • • Body construction. Is it solid body, semi-hollow or anything else?

    • Body style. What style body shape is it? For example, Les Paul-Style / S-Style / T-Style / SG-Style / resonator / Flying V / Offset etc.

    • Bridge type. T-style, Tremolo, Floyd Rose, Bigsby etc.

    • Fingerboard radius. If known, please supply this information.

    • Finish. What colour and/or specific finish is the guitar in?

    • Pickups. Please let us know the specific pickups and configurations.

    • Anything else? Is there anything else we should know about the guitar?

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