STEM Guitar Comprehensive Guitar Grading Rubric
Note to teacher: It is advised to break this comprehensive evaluation tool into smaller evaluations to be used for determining periodic progress as the project moves forward, in order to provide information to students, parents, and administrators about student progress, rather than grade all aspects of the guitar at the end of the course.
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1a. In tune
0: 4 or more out of tune
1: 2-3 strings out of tune
2: 1 string out of tune
In tune
In Tune
Clear selection
1b. In Tune
How could you have improved number of strings being in tune?
2a. Sanding
0: More than 8 areas of sanding scratches or machine tool marks
1: 4-7 areas of sanding scratches or machine tool marks
2: Less than 4 areas of sanding scratches or machine tool marks
3: No scratches, no machine tool marks (esp. end grain)
Sanding
Clear selection
2b. Sanding
What could you have done to reduce the number of scratches or machine tool marks?
3a. Paint/Finish
0: More than 7 problem areas
1: 4-7 problem areas
2: Less than 4 problem areas
3: Smooth, even, glossy finish, no runs, brush marks, drips, or bumpy surface
Paint/Finish
Clear selection
3b. Paint/Finish
What could you have done differently to ensure a smoother, more even glossy finish with no drips, marks, or bumpy surface?
4a. Frets Seated
0: More than 7 frets not contacting the fretboard
1: 4-7 frets not fully contacting the fretboard
2: less than 4 frets not fully, completely contacting the fretboard
3: All correct
Frets Seated
Clear selection
4b. Frets Seated
What could you have done differently to make make sure all frets were seated correctly?
5a. Frets Crowned
0: More than 7 frets not fully crowned
1: 4-7 frets not fully crowned
2: less than 4 frets not fully crowned
3: All correct
Frets Crowned
Clear selection
5b. Frets Crowned
What could you have done differently to make sure all frets were properly crowned?
6a. Fret End Flush and Bevel
0: more than 7 frets not flush or beveled, or bevel too extreme
1: 4-7 fret ends not flush or fully beveled or bevel too extreme
2: less than 4 fret ends not flush or beveled or bevel too extreme
2: less than 4 fret ends not flush or beveled or bevel too extreme
Fret End Flush and Bevel
Clear selection
6b. Fret End Flush and Bevel
What could you have done differently to make sure all the fret ends were flush and properly beveled?
7a. Fret Ends Smoothed
0: more than 7 sharp ends
1: 4-7 sharp ends
2: less than 4 sharp ends
3: All correct
Fret Ends Smoothed
Clear selection
7b. Fret Ends Smoothed
What could you have done differently to make sure all fret ends were properly smoothed?
8a. String Nut Installation
0: loose, wiggly, sliding, or rocking string nut
1: gap larger than .010 at one end of the nut/slot joint, but otherwise secure
2: minor gap at one end of the nut/nut slot joint, but otherwise secure
3: Correct
String Nut Installation
Clear selection
8b. String Nut Installation
How could you have reduced the gap at one end of the nut slot or made a more secure nut installation?
9a. Tuners Installed Correctly
0: has 4 or more problems: washer upside down, loose bushings, or tuners not straight
1: has 2-3 problems: washer upside down, loose bushing, or tuners not straight
2: may have 1 problem: washer upside down, loose bushing, or tuner not straight
3: All correct
Tuners Installed Correctly
Clear selection
9b. Tuners Installed Correctly
What could you have done differently to install the tuners correctly?
10a. Body Neck Joint
0: neck and body joint are not snug, except for a neck pocket shim
1: N/A either tight or not tight
2: N/A either tight or not tight
3: completely snug... neck/fretboard glue seam parallel to body
Body Neck Joint
Clear selection
10b. Body Neck Joint
What could you have done differently to make sure the neck was completely snug and the neck/fretboard glue seam was parallel to the body?
11a. Strings Installed Correctly
0: 5-6 strings incorrect
1: 3-4 strings incorrect
2: one or two strings incorrect: either, too few wraps, untidy wraps, or string on wrong side of post
3: All correct
Strings Installed Correctly
Clear selection
11b. Strings Installed Correctly
How could you have improved the string installation?
12a. String Retainer Bar or Trees Installed Correctly
0: not installed (does not count against for angled headstock guitars)
1: screws not tightened and or screws contact strings
2: installed, but deflects string from straight line pull
3: Correct
String Retainer Bar or Trees Installed Correctly
Clear selection
12b. String Retainer Bar or Trees Installed Correctly
How could you have improved the string bar or string tree installation?
14a. Neck Relief, less than 0.010
0: Neck Relief, less than 0.010
1: neck relief more than .020
2: neck relief more than .010 but less than .020
3: Correct
Neck Relief, less than 0.010
Clear selection
14b. Neck Relief, less than 0.010
What could you have done differently to make the neck relief more accurate?
15a. String heights at the string nut
0: two ore more are more than .010 too high or too low
1: more than two are to high or too low, within .010
2: one or two may be .010 too high or too low
3: All correct
String heights at the string nut
Clear selection
15b. String heights at the string nut
What could you have done differently to ensure the string heights are more accurate?
16a. String heights at the last fret
0: two ore more are more than .010 too high or too low
1: more than two are to high or too low, within .010
2: one or two may be .010 too high or too low
3: All correct
15a. String heights at the last fret
Clear selection
16b. String heights at the last fret
How could you have made the string heights more accurate?
17a. Intonation (String lengths)
0: more than three strings are incorrect
1: up to three strings are incorrect
2: one string is too long or too short
3: All correct
Intonation (String lengths)
Clear selection
17b. Intonation (String lengths)
What could you have done to make the string lengths more accurate?
18a. All frets play
0: more than 6 notes do not play correctly
1: between 4 and 6 notes do not play correctly
2: less than 3 notes do not play correctly
3: All notes play
All frets play
Clear selection
18b. All frets play
What could you have done differently to make sure all the frets play correctly?
19a. Jack
0: Cannot plug guitar in
1: difficult to plug cord in to guitar
2: resistance to plugging cord in to guitar
3: plugs in very easily
Jack
Clear selection
19b. Jack
How could you have improved the jack installation?
20a. Pickup heights
0: more than two height adjustments are off
1: two height adjustments are off
2: one pickup is set too high or too low on one side
3: even volume levels
Pickup heights
Clear selection
20b. Pickup heights
What could you have done to improve the pickup heights?
21a. Soldering technique
0: more than 5 poorly done connections, or two or more connections break
1: less than 5 connections dull, pitted, or blobs, or a connection breaks
2: less than 3 connections dull, pitted, or blobs
3: all connections smooth, shiny, and secure
Pickup Heights
Clear selection
21b. Soldering technique
What could you have done differently to improve the soldering connections?
22a. Wiring--all controls work
0: nothing works, no sound when plugged in
1: there is a persistent buzz, or a control or one pickup does not work at all
2: everything works, but something is wired backwards, such as potentiometer or switch (but no buzzing)
3: everything functions properly
Wiring--all controls work
Clear selection
22b. Wiring--all controls work
Wiring--all controls work
23a. Screws
0: more than 5 screw heads not snug or damaged combined plugged in
1: 3-5 screw heads not snug or are damaged combined
2: less than 3 screw heads not snug or are damaged combined
3: all screw heads snug, no screw heads are damage
Screws
Clear selection
23b. Screws
What could you have done differently to properly install the screws?
Total Score (out of 66 pts)
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