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      Creator Mark Farmer on April 11

      @Luan Do: I would like to sell my order if you are interested and if Mr Duncan supports this. I have lost both faith and interest in this project.

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      Creator Kane Harding on April 10

      @ Luan Do: It's not about doubt, it's about sticking to pledges and clear communication for investors which at this late stage is a minimum requirement from where I am sitting Sir. If you would like to purchase my order you are welcome to it, if there is a way that Mr Duncan can refund me and take funds from you to replace the void? Maybe Chris could offer a way for this to work?

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      Creator Luan Do on April 10

      @Kane Harding: Sir, if you have so much doubt about Alpaca's ability to deliver or cannot wait for delivery, then may I buy your order of an Alpaca?

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      Creator Kane Harding on April 9

      Hi Chris, can we have our weekly update on progress please?

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      Creator Matt Joyce on April 6

      For the record, I knew this project was ambitious as hell going in. I am staggered they've gotten as far as they have. This is the second most money I've put into a kickstarter project. I put that money in fully expecting to never see anything come from it. Working with carbon fiber is hellacious. And when a guy jumps into such an ambitious project as a startup job... manufacturing in the US... the reality is that's astoundingly hard. Watching the updates that have been frequent from this team has made me absolutely happy as hell I invested the cash that I did. Hell, I don't even play guitar. But I saw a guy who built something awesome... that he loved... and wanted to make available to the world. And it's been cool as hell watching him do that.

      So I just wanted to say, basically, the updates were worth what I invested. For the very small kickstarter funding this got... to have gotten this far... is a hell of a feat. And I'm basically cheering you guys on as you start to cross the finish line.

      I hope this all pans out. You guys have been one of the more amazing kickstart projects to watch unfold.

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      Creator Mark Porth on April 4

      This is a tad off topic but since we're all interested in carbon fiber stuff, thought you all might find this interesting.
      http://sploid.gizmodo.com/the-making-of-a-10-foot-long-sofa-made-of-lava-and-carb-1557640203/1557820797/+kcampbelldollaghan

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      Creator Kurt Robert Nagl on April 4

      Hey there, Chris. I just wanted to check in to see when we can expect the next update. Thanks!

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      Creator Kane Harding on March 31

      Or do I mean last week? :)

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      Creator Kane Harding on March 31

      I wonder how many guitars shipped this week as we are yet to receive this weeks update?

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      Creator Kiran on March 31

      I believe only 10 guitars have been shipped to date, judging from Chris' last update. I'm also going to guess that this would most probably have been B-stock guitars since they are still working out some hiccups (silicone bagging) in their production and were short on material.

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      Creator Kane Harding on March 29

      Hi Chris, hope things are going well.

      Can you please let me know what customer number I am so that I can look to make an educated guess regarding an order fulfillment date?

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      Creator Kane Harding on March 23

      Hi Patrick,

      I totally agree with being supportive and I believe that all of us are actually being supportive here still too but I also truly believe that as backers who are still being supportive a year after the original completion date we deserve the right to small, regular and transparent communications as any sensible investor would no?

      Just mine :)

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      Creator Patrick Breen on March 23

      A supportive note.

      This guy is doing something thats never been done before. And he's been far more transparent than most other kickstarter projects with his ups (and many downs) while trying to get you a product that he can be proud of. Look back over his posts - every time he's putting quality first.

      Yes - he has our money. But - I'd much rather be patient and wait for something that meets his standards - instead of just getting something.

      (Just my 0.02)

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      Creator Devon Trombley on March 17

      Good, short update.

      Can you work on letting everybody know where they stand in the shipping queue?

      Also, in the next update, can you let us know a grand total of how many guitars (both A-stock and B-stock) have shipped to date?

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      Creator Kane Harding on March 17

      Sorry Chris, just so that we are totally straight here, from what I can garner on this site you have 141 full investors for the Alpaca Guitar. How many of those orders have been fulfilled to date with the B-stock and recent A-stock mentioned?

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      Creator Reza on March 15

      It's going to be a rough start if the first of the weekly updates didn't come out during the first week. All we want is two or three sentences on how it's going, shipping tally, and a sign that you're still able and willing to keep in touch with the backers on progress. That is all. It'll take 5 minutes.

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      Creator Kiran on March 15

      Yep....Here we go again.

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      Creator carl zerbo on March 15

      Some news would be nice. Anything ship???

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      Creator Devon Trombley on March 13

      So.. its been a week since that last update....

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      Creator Alex Pagliaro on March 12

      Devon took the suggestion right away from my fingers. This shouldn't take too much to set up and would go a long way towards having happy backers - plus if we can track the status of our guitars we will be less likely to bug for updates!

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      Creator Devon Trombley on March 11

      I understand you don't want to give out personal information.

      How about a weekly update stating the number of guitars that have shipped already, how many are going out for shipping in the current week, and your projected output for thed next week. Then the following week state whether you did not meet, matched or exceeded your projected output. Rinse and repeat.

      In order for this approach to satisfy everybody, you would need to first email everybody and tell them of their spot in line, and update those numbers whenever somebody asks for a refund, opts for a B-stock, etc.These updates would not take a few hours to compose, rather they would only need to be short and sweet, and I couldn't see them taking more than half an hour.

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      Creator Kiran on March 4

      Yup. Not happy with the lack of updates here. The closer projects get to the one year date, you are bound to run into unhappy backers. Timely and frequent updates are certainly a must.

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      Creator Mark Farmer on March 4

      Chris - can you give a realistic ETA on the guitar? I have asked a few times before, but haven't gotten a response yet. I was expecting the guitar almost a year ago.

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      Creator Kane Harding on February 27

      All of this is so true Chris. We all understand that the goals were big and that they were never going to be easy to achieve but that said we are now a year in and your backers deserve to be updated sincerity and regularity!
      I'm not sure about everyone else here but I would personally like to see weekly updates appearing on this portal at this stage with the inclusion of backer names whose orders have been fulfilled and shipped for each specific week. From there we would hope to see confirmations of receipt from other backers and possibly even a small review here and there along the way.
      Anyone else have any ideas of how this should pan out in order to keep us all a little happier about proceedings from here on?

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      Creator Reza on February 26

      Though it seems that updates have been coming out on a (pseudo-) regular monthly basis, I would just like to chime in with everyone else and say that an update detailing specifics on the number of SATISFACTORY guitars shipped, built, and in the works would be much appreciated. By my count, there are 141 backers waiting for guitars and other than one or two mentions or reviews, there seems to be a lack of fulfillment responses and public comments. At the start of the year, you said that your intention was to build guitars at a rate of 4 per week. At that rate, it would take in theory 33 weeks to complete all the needed guitars. Any indication of whether or not this timeframe is being met would be much appreciated.

      As in previous comments I have made, I reiterate the fact that we all understand that this is Kickstarter, not a mail order system, and that complications in the creation of any new product will always arise. But given the nature of this website, communication is key between the backers and project managers. We're now close to pushing on a full year after people's estimated delivery dates, and communication on progress now more than ever is what will maintain confidence and assuage frustrations.

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      Creator Kiran on February 26

      An indication of the current order run would be an excellent update to provide for us!

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      Creator carl zerbo on February 26

      Anyone else receive an Alpaca?
      I pledged to have one of the first 10 and have not received it.

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      Creator Kane Harding on February 24

      Chris, I would also like to know how many guitars have shipped to date please? Do you have a list of some sort of list showing the 189 backers in backing order with projected delivery dates that we could browse? With something like that along with a rough idea of how many you are shipping per week we might be able to work things out roughly ourselves??

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      Creator carl zerbo on February 18

      Chris,
      Could you tell me how many guitars have shipped please?

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      Creator Andrew J. Marchand on February 15

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      Hi Chris,
      Well, some of the cool kids in Manch-Vegas are calling me "Andi Alpaca" now. Turns out there are a lot more people out and about when the Mercury is more toward 30 degrees than 7. I was strolling along and strumming and met up with a few players who were deeply impressed by your wares. A lovely young lass took me to an art gallery/rock show after I serenaded her with "St. James' Infirmary" and the experience helped crystallize some of my impressions.
      I know her name now--I have many instruments and tend to anthropomorphize them and like to learn their names as we deepen our acquaintance. Good ol' Number 1 is now henceforth and ever after "Allie G."
      Review follows:
      The Alpaca adventure guitar is a backpacker instrument that brings a rich vibrant sound to what is normally a boxy format. The neck is hollow, like a Sitar and on the earliest models is a deeply rounded D-carve that is very forgiving and welcoming to chording and strumming. In very cold temps, when wearing finger-less gloves the roundness is not conducive to single-note shredding but that isn't really what an adventure guitar is about. A Slimmer neck might be a consideration for future polar- or alpine-specific models but it also might mess with her delicate mojo. And she does have mojo. The design is 21st century with rounded curves and an asymmetrical face that puts the sound-hole above the strings. The design allows a backpacker to stuff items into the cavity so the space is usable for storage. It has another fascinating side-effect I have never previously experienced. People put money in the guitar while I am playing. Like it was a wishing well. So far it's just been bills but I think coins are not likely to cause any problems should such circumstances arise in the future.
      A lot of attention and comments were directed towards the headless design. Even in 2014 people still find it interesting that the tuning machines can be located at the bridge end. Since it was relatively balmy, almost warm enough for snow to melt, neither myself nor any of the good folks I let play her were wearing gloves and a number of the more proficient players were quick to comment on the healthy girth of the neck. All in positive words. And everyone loved her tone. "Antique-y" "Vintagey" "Old Timey" and "Just Right" were some impressions I heard that I have to endorse heartily. The crisp top-end and immediate response made people who complained that they never play in front of people feel comfortable enough to share a song with strangers on the street. That is some serious MOJO. I even a taught a girl to barre-chord who had been struggling with it for years. She's sweet and inviting. Like That Anna Kendrick--sure she's HOT but she's also approachable hot.
      The guitar comes with a nylon cord strap that attaches to two toggle-style strap buttons. It works flawlessly. I did find it prudent to re-tie and tighten the knots but that was before this particular walk-about and, having made that adjustment, found that it stays true through a lot of position shifts from playing to parked on my back while just walking. I allowed humans ranging from barely 5 foot to almost 7 feet try her out. Somehow that one length made everyone feel comfortable and no one complained about any positioning or balance issues. Once they got her settled they found they could play and feel comfortable with her no matter whether they were strumming folk or picking Jazz or power-chording acoustic rock. That in and of itself is seriously damn impressive.
      I talked a lot about that string-through saddle. EVERYONE loves it. On a conventional saddle the strings pass over the saddle. On Early Alpacas the strings pass through the saddle so if, like me, you like to daub the contact points with Big BENDS NUT SAUCE you need to watch where the contact points happen but it still works like magic to let the strings relax back to perfect tuning after fretting your notes. The tuning is remarkably stable when going from nearly-freezing to room-temperature. Going from a cold sidewalk to a hot dance floor she does gather some condensation but she doesn't mind it. Try that with a wooden guitar! You know what? DON'T. Carbon-Fiber construction lets you do things with this ax that nothing else can. She is ergonomic as a couch and tuneful as a perfectly intonated symphony.
      The folks at the gig were disappointed that she is not a plug-and-play proposition. If you want to gig you will need to mic her or spring for a pickup whether mic pickup or under saddle. I couldn't care less. She is designed to go where electricity doesn't. The fact that this TRAVEL GUITAR had people salivating at the thought of her amplified is an endorsement I can't quite explain..but it is powerful none-the-less! She is comfortable and easy to carry. Strangers want to meet me just because I am carrying her. Players of all types and ability love her. There is no higher praise. The Alpaca is AWESOME! If you go to places that others fear and pavement has not even dreamed about the Alpaca will go there with you. And you will be so glad you brought her with you!

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      Creator Kane Harding on February 7

      Now that's what I call an update and my thirst for info temporarily quenched! I do hope that the new bridge comes in optional black ;-)

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      Creator Kane Harding on February 7

      The worst thing about all of this is all that talk from the beginning of the year about how production/shipping had started with the launch celebrations and pictures etc and then we just get cut off, nothing, nada? It's just no way to treat 189 backers that have already been lenient enough to wait this long. I say lenient because we have waited for a long time. Many of us knew that getting something this big off the ground would take time and most likely hit snags along the way but we should be kept in the loop at all times. If this project has failed then I just want to know the truth and if it hasn't failed then still just want to know the truth!

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      Creator Kiran on February 7

      Chris,

      Could you please provide an update some time soon? A few of us are not only anxious but curious as to where the project currently stands....
      We understand it's been tough with the challenges but as your supporting partners in this, please let us know!

      Thanks

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      Creator Devon Trombley on February 7

      @Kane Harding - Well, I haven't gotten a response to an email, phone call/voicemail, or question in a kickstarter comment in months... if I remember right somewhere around August or September of last year...

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      Creator Kane Harding on February 7

      It's most definitely starting to look like we might have been abandoned no?

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      Creator Devon Trombley on February 6

      Chris, can you give out estimated shipping dates? Where are you currently at right now?

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      Creator James Gerber on February 4

      Chris, your patient backers deserve an update. The impatient backers deserve one, too.

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      Creator Kane Harding on February 4

      Hi Chris
      We are starting to worry a little. Lots of calls for an update or just to see some evidence somewhere online that Alpaca are finally beginning to ship but nothing? Please, please, put us at ease...
      Regards
      Kane

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      Creator Alex Pagliaro on February 1

      Hey Chris, hopefully you are busy working on our guitars, but we would love an update!

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      Creator carl zerbo on January 26

      HI Chris,
      Has shipping started?

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      Creator carl zerbo on January 22

      Hi Chris, Can you tell me how many guitars have shipped?

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      Creator Kane Harding on January 16

      Hi, I was wondering if anyone out there who has received their alpaca guitar would like to give us a worlds first review? Nothing major (unless they felt the need) just a quick run through first impressions. :-)

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      Creator Mark Porth on December 15

      this may be a bit off topic but since you're all interested in carbon fiber guitars, thought you might like to see the latest from Emerald. It's pretty a crazy instrument but not something I'd want. http://theunofficialmartinguitarforum.yuku.com/topic/155027

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      Creator Mark Porth on November 2

      I was googling Alpaca yesterday and found this article in a local Vermont newspaper about the guitars. Unfortunately it will be a few more days before non subscribers can see is so I haven't had a chance to read it. It was published Oct 31st so according the the website, it should be viewable to all around 11/7
      http://www.ourherald.com/news/2013-10-31/Communities/Alpaca_Guitar_Up_and_Running_in_Bethel.html

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      Creator sheldon on October 27

      What are the chances that I can switch the guitar I ordered to a left handed version of the Alpaca? Since I backed this project I began learning guitar and found that I'm naturally left handed at the guitar.

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      Creator Mark on October 11, 2013

      appreciate the update

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      Creator Mike Porter on October 11, 2013

      I just logged into my email and saw the latest two messages.
      I was pretty close in my guess as to where things are.

      If you have ever known a luthier...you know how picky they can be.
      Form and function are married in a guitar and small changes in one can have inordinately
      large impact on the other. Its a balancing game. They are working it out.

      I missed having my Alpaca with me in the Western Sierras last week....but whenever it gets here
      I know I will have the only one on the block...and maybe the only one in the city.
      I like that.
      MP
      Hollywood, CA.

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      Creator Mike Porter on October 11, 2013

      I am sure this project will play out just fine.
      I have been involved in a few "hand fabrication" projects of this type
      and no sane person would go through all of what I know they did
      ...and not put the final products in the mail. They are just too close.

      The photos show the development complete.
      I'd bet they are working out fit and finish issues manually and individually.
      Some of it shiny details and tiny stuff that only they care about.
      And mostly it's things that will be dealt with during parts production in later runs.

      This is Kickstarter afterall.
      Kickstarter is the road of dreaming big, waking sore, and working things out.
      We all do good by backing projects like this.
      We help people become.

      MP

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      Creator Kane Harding on October 11, 2013

      Would love to know if we are still set to actually receive our Alpaca guitars? I'm beginning to wonder if this Kickstarter project might have hit too many snags along the way? If that keeps happening then there has to come a point where it becomes one snag too many no? Please give us an update Chris, we are clinging on in hope here!

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      Creator Mike Porter on October 10, 2013

      Would love to see comments from anyone who has received their Alpaca.
      Hows it play?
      MP

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