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The ultimate adventure guitar. Built to go anywhere. Designed for the adventurer in us all.
The ultimate adventure guitar. Built to go anywhere. Designed for the adventurer in us all.
189 backers pledged $67,162 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Mark Farmer on October 24

      Hi Chris,
      I want to confirm with you that I am on your 40 list as well. Is there any way you could please email the remaining backers that have not had their pledges fulfilled with an accurate delivery estimate?

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      Till Weinhold on October 20

      Wh_ere has Chri_hi_s Dun_can gone
      and my___ guitar____ promi_ses
      I want'd to play_a song /on it
      long time a_goo

      excuse me ;-)

    3. Mark Farmer on October 4

      Hi Chris,
      I want to confirm with you that I am on your 40 list as well. Is there any way you could please email the remaining backers that have not had their pledges fulfilled with an accurate delivery estimate?

    4. Sergey Kirillin on September 8

      No Beth, I'm another one who is still waiting for his guitar...

    5. Beth Lamenskie on August 12

      I guess I am one of the 40 who have not received theirs yet. Hoping to still receive it.....

    6. Vladimir Boyko Kuznetsov on August 8

      so did this guys just don't unswear anymore?
      does anybody know?
      Or did everybody said ok good buy 450 bucks...

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      Jack on July 20

      Want to see Chris on TV?
      https://kobi5.com/features/chris-duncan-alpaca-guitars-30433/

      I just wished we had updates like this.
      Chris, please can you start communicating with your backer community again?

      Here is him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/roaringllama

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      Kiran on May 6, 2016

      What's the latest timeline in terms of delivering this project? 3 years later and we are still in the dark with no infrequent updates. This better not be one of those tactics out of the CST Watch playbook of failed campaigns. It's hard to remain optimistic and supportive when we hear almost nothing regarding this.
      In fact, close to $70,000 of borrowed funds with no accountability is no laughing matter. I recall very early on in the project, you had called some backers out through one of your updates in rather tasteless fashion. Your specific comment was that we, the backers, are not placing an order but rather supposed to behave like partners in your venture. It seemed you were annoyed that we were annoyed with delays Well, much time has passed since then; is this how you treat your partners?

    9. Beth Lamenskie on April 9, 2016

      It has been 3 full years since I made my pledge and have been waiting. Will I get my guitar at some point?

    10. Chris Duncan Creator on March 18, 2016

      @James - Good question. I'm still fully committed to delivering all the instruments.

    11. james dantow on March 18, 2016

      Chris, with the new funding, what happens to backers who never got a product like me?

    12. Matt Joyce on October 9, 2015

      A personal response if probably the least Chris can offer the many folks on here who pledged a pretty significant amount of coin for a product that simply never was.

    13. Matt Joyce on October 9, 2015

      Maybe this is the part where this project vanishes into the night.

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      Kiran on October 8, 2015

      I believe I speak for many on here and since I did not get a personal response to my question in regards to the status of this project, I will ask the question here - Has any progress been made on unfulfilled pledges?

    15. Joel Koh on October 5, 2015

      Any update Chris?

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      Kane Harding on August 1, 2015

      Well, now that these guitars are out of production, the few that did make it into the wild could become quite sought after in the future so I might be up for selling mine for a profit. Drop me a line if you are interested ;-)

    17. david goin on July 6, 2015

      Keep us posted. Investing can be tricky business as we knew going in. That you had some pretty remarkable curves just makes you part of life's little circus of unbelievable incidents. That you're still at this is a testimony to your dogged persistence. I've backed Kickstarter projects that were funded then slowly (or quickly) just disappeared. Some didn't fail; they just decided to use the money to get out and leverage other things. Good luck w Oregon. Its traditions are not as long as vermonts and likely, because of it, less bound to habit and this and that entrenched thing. The break will probably serve you well as well. Thanks for the updates. I'll continue to think about the guitar that you can use in a snowball fight. �

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      Kiran on June 11, 2015

      I don't mind the infrequent updates as much as I mind the lack of an answer to the question, "HOW MANY GUITARS HAVE SHIPPED TO DATE?!" More specifically, guitars that are NOT considered B-stock.

    19. Matt Joyce on May 28, 2015

      So 2.25 years on... Any updates? This is the longest running kickstarter I have been a part of that hasn't just said 'sorry we can't do it' or vanished into the night.

      =/

    20. jeffrey dorwart on May 27, 2015

      Hey Judysbanana, just for reference, I am 78 on the original list and haven' heard a peep either. I can only assume that the delay in communications means they are too busy herding cats to have time for updates.

    21. judysbanana on May 5, 2015

      Chris,
      I am a backer who moved to Hong Kong from the US. It's been a while and I have absolutely no idea what the status is and when will I receive my guitar..Appreciate your feedback.
      Thanks!

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      tinsonpin on April 27, 2015

      I was #156 on the list,i still waiting ;)

    23. Jason Goray on April 23, 2015

      The January update said you were starting to contact backers in the #60s.

      The detailed updates are awesome, but I realize those can take some time and energy to create, so just a "we've started contacting backers in the ###s" would be great to see from time to time.

      I'm still very excited about the guitar and completely understand that its taking time and you're working on really making the product as good as you can, but I think that even a short monthly update on where things are at on the shipping numbers would go a long way to soothe people's nervousness.

      Oh, also, when I looked at the master shipping list, am I right in assuming the people with higher numbers inserted into the order bought at the "you'll get your guitar quicker" or "custom" levels? Also, there are a few numbers listed twice, like #114 and #136 - are those people who ordered multiple guitars?

      Thanks!

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      CORY KOLODJI on April 20, 2015

      One year ago I was #145 on the list. I'm not even sure what that means. I don't seem to be getting updates. I wonder what's up...

    25. Matt Joyce on April 12, 2015

      Still a few of us at least left on the non-shipped list.

      2 years 2 months and counting. hope it's worth the wait.

    26. james dantow on April 1, 2015

      Chris,

      My name is James Dantow, and I am a backer. I live in Toronto Canada. May I ask where I am on the list of guitars to be shipped.

      Its been a while, and I am wanting to know, how much longer is the wait for me to receive my guitar.....

      Kind Regards - James

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      Jack on March 28, 2015

      Chris, thanks for the update. Please could you be more specific with guitar shipments? How many guitars have been shipped and what is the going rate on future shipments? Please have in mind that the original. expected, shipment date was March/April 2013, and I think all remaining backers would appreciate a more detailed update on the expected delivery times. Thanks.

    28. Conor Nolan on March 13, 2015

      It's epic!! Well worth the wait (and the customs) - grey job guys!!

    29. Conor Nolan on March 13, 2015

      Just going to collect mine, got stung with customs :-(

    30. Ben Sprague on March 10, 2015

      Hey Chris and team.

      Target still to have all guitars out by end of April? New updates look great! Waiting with baited breath for my email or phone call confirming my address. Any Chace for a an update with list numbers. Thanks all. Keep rocking.

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      Kiran on March 5, 2015

      I sure hope there will be more updates coming as promised in the past. It seems like it went as scheduled and simply fell off. It would really help if we, as backers, could get a proper estimate of when we will likely have our backing fulfilled or some indication to the progress. How many guitars have shipped to date?

    32. jeffrey dorwart on January 22, 2015

      Any updates for January?

    33. Thom Goodsell on January 22, 2015

      Sorry for not posting earlier. I'm number 45 on the list, and I got my guitar on the 7th. (My wife has been having some health issues, so I was distracted and didn't think to post.) I agree with the other reviews—sound is a little thinner than I had hoped, but not at all bad for what it is. The guitar is solid and seems like it would happily survive whatever I throw at it (within reason, obviously).

    34. Alex Pagliaro on January 15, 2015

      Thanks @MarkPorth for the video. Great to see one of these in the wild and compared to other carbon fiber guitars! Excited for mine. An update would be much appreciated :)

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      Kiran on January 15, 2015

      Can we please have some updates?

    36. James Wu on January 6, 2015

      I don't know what queue number I am. Really hope to get an email from Chris to confirm my address and deliver soon by April 2015 like he said. ..

    37. Li Xiaolai on January 6, 2015

      When can I get mine? BTW, how can I change my shipping address?

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      Mark Porth on December 12, 2014

      Got mine today. For those of you keeping track, I'm number 41 on Kickstarter which makes my guitar the 27th one out the door. I got a shipping notice from Alpaca 3 days ago asking to confirm my address.
      It's great to see them finally starting to get them out the door.

      I posted a quick video comparing the sound to a couple other carbon fiber guitars I have. https://www.youtube.com/watch…

      In general the sound is thinner that the larger guitars but its got a lot of volume for its size, the neck feels great and it is very playable.

    39. Chris H on December 10, 2014

      I received my Alpaca today (in the first 25). To be fair, Chris sent it almost a month ago, but there were UPS delivery issues. Anyway, after much waiting, I'm pretty impressed with the product that I received.

      The carbon fiber overall looks great. There are a few small, non-structural defects where the neck connects to the fret board, and while I did not opt for B stock, I'm satisfied.

      It took me a few minutes to understand the tuners, but after reading the instruction sheet (included with picks, allen wrenches, and other goodies) and tightening a few loose set screws, I was in business (just remember counterclockwise!).

      Volume is pretty impressive, give the size. Tone was about what I expected: thin but acceptable. The sound hole location certainly offers creative options to the sound depending on where you strike the strings, and the different body panel sizes work wonders for percussion.

      I'll put a full review and some pictures together if I get some time in the next few weeks, but overall know that the work these guys have put in to refine the process of making something unique has paid off. Great job Alpaca!

    40. Joel Koh on November 15, 2014

      I still haven't received my guitar - I am 47th on the list that Chris sent out a while back... Not sure how many guitars have already been shipped out, but it would be nice to get an estimate!

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      Kiran on November 12, 2014

      I noticed the comments died down after a couple of guitars were recently released but I don't recall seeing an official number of guitars that were shipped after all these updates. There was a list of backer identity and the corresponding number on the list, but there has never been an actual update with " X guitars shipped this week, and Y going out next week = leaving us with Z left to fulfill " . Can we have something to that tune in the next update?

    42. Li Xiaolai on November 12, 2014

      When can I get my guitar? It's been more than 18 months. :)

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      Mark Porth on November 11, 2014

      Chris, It's been a month since the last update. Can we please get an update on number of guitars shipped to Kickstarters to date and a realistic estimate on how many you think you can ship per month going forward. -thx

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      Reza on October 22, 2014

      So since you guys have been updating your shop and production, any chance we could get an update with some rough production timeline estimates, or at least what backer # you're on? It's somewhat difficult to make a judgment call on potentially asking for a B-grade guitar without a rough idea of how production is progressing quantitatively.

    45. Chris TiMaG #14 L
      Superbacker
      on October 8, 2014

      Hey Randall, I love mine. I just stuff it in my large backpack and just take it on a ride. It's almost an EDC. I rarely have to tune it. The kids in class think the color is sorta funny, but they seem to love it. By the way, I'm a righty.

    46. James Gerber on October 1, 2014

      Spoke too soon! Just got UPS notification that it was shipped on 9/26 and will be delivered tomorrow!

    47. James Gerber on October 1, 2014

      Mark, I got an email last Friday (9/26) saying that the guitar was ready to ship and asking to confirm my address, but have not received a tracking number yet.

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      Mark Porth on September 28, 2014

      Thanks for the update Randall!It's great to hear that some are starting to get out. Hopefully the floodgates will open soon and shipping will speed up.
      Anyone else get an email or guitar?

    49. Randall Beaton on September 26, 2014

      I received my guitar and thought you'd like to hear some feedback. The guitar is very well made and I am impressed with how it stays in tune. A lot of travel guitars simply (even annoyingly) fall out of tune the moment you pick them up. I was a little disappointed that the finish was rough, but Chris had pointed out that it would increase the waiting time by 2 weeks per guitar, so I was okay with it. It's not like the guitar looks ugly or anything...but you can feel some rough spots on sections and in others it is smooth. The guitar plays nicely and it sounds good for a travel guitar.
      Unfortunately for me, is that I'm a lefty and the guitar came right handed but strung for a left-hander. I am positive that those of you who are right handed will truly enjoy your guitars (I could only reach 12 frets out of the 22). I will keep checking back to hear all your reviews.

      All the best...

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