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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.
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    1. Missing avatar

      Kiran 7 days ago

      I'm sure the money has dried up by now. He basically used it to find his move across the country. Someone should get a class action lawsuit together.

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      Matt Soar on August 8

      *sigh* Yep, I'm still waiting for my guitar, too. I've just tweeted to him since he's nowhere to be seen around here.

    3. Shan Morris on July 14

      As others have pointed out, this has been in limbo a long time. I had sent an unanswered message as to whether or not a B-stock alpaca was still an option. I had pledged with the hope of giving my father a guitar that he could travel with and as time drags on his ability to travel becomes less sure. And while I don't mind helping a start-up, $425 is a sum of money that is not small to me. It would be nice to at the absolute least know for sure whether or not I will get a great (albeit late) gift for my father, or if I just gave $425 to a stranger so that they could move cross country while I struggle with rent.

    4. Matt Joyce on April 15

      Since I backed this project, I completed a project at NASA. Moved back to NY. Swapped jobs twice. Found a job I enjoy. Had 3 new nephews. Lost my father and uncle. Seen a new continent. And grown a little bit fatter ( new thing for me ) and a little bit wiser ( i could do without that tbh ).

      This project was one of the first kickstarters I ever backed. One of three that have never delivered. But is by far the most expensive. I don't know... there's something oddly beautiful about this comment thread. Time passes and here we all wait in limbo while a dude promises the future at increasingly longer intervals.

      Wonder where I'll be when the next update comes... what fresh hell or new joy will wander into my life...

    5. Mark Farmer on April 5

      Hello Chris,
      Like most everyone else here - I'd like to understand to process of knowing when I can realistically expect delivery of my guitar. I have had numerous messages unanswered - and in all honesty - I don't expect this one to be answered either. Could you be straight with us and just let us know if it's a dead deal or not? We've waited for years....YEARS!

    6. Ben Sprague on March 21

      Hey Chris, Any hope on this??? Still praying my almost $500 investment becomes a playable guitar. Please update.


    7. Anthony Barolin on March 7

      Hi Chris - any updates to the Alpaca delivery? Tony Barolin

    8. Aaron Selya on February 3, 2017

      Hey Chris,
      You mentioned that there were some built in deadlines in your last update. Is there any information you can share on the progress?

    9. Mark Farmer on October 24, 2016

      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, 2016

      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 ;-)

    11. Mark Farmer on October 4, 2016

      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?

    12. Sergey Kirillin on September 8, 2016

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

    13. Beth Lamenskie on August 12, 2016

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

    14. Vladimir Boyko Kuznetsov on August 8, 2016

      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, 2016

      Want to see Chris on TV?

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

      Here is him on Twitter:

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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?

    17. 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?

    18. Chris Duncan Creator on March 18, 2016

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

    19. james dantow on March 18, 2016

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

    20. 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.

    21. 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?

    23. 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 ;-)

    25. 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.

    27. 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.


    28. 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.

    29. judysbanana on May 5, 2015

      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.

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      tinsonpin on April 27, 2015

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

    31. 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?


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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...

    33. 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.

    34. james dantow on April 1, 2015


      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.

    36. Conor Nolan on March 13, 2015

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

    37. Conor Nolan on March 13, 2015

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

    38. 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?

    40. jeffrey dorwart on January 22, 2015

      Any updates for January?

    41. 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).

    42. 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?

    44. 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. ..

    45. 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.…

      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.

    47. 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!

    48. 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?

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