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Jeffrey Smith


From:
Athens, Alabama, USA
Post Posted 9 Jan 2017 12:16 am     Reply with quote

Does anyone know how one would go about talking with someone regarding ordering an Excel steel?

I don't do Facebook, so the fact that there is a Facebook page doesn't help me. Is there a dealer / representative in the US?

I have some special requirements and so buying an existing guitar is not a good option for me (height, copedant).

Thanks,
Jeff
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Billy Carr


From:
Seminary, Mississippi USA
Post Posted 9 Jan 2017 1:41 am     Excel Reply with quote

Check the EXCEL website. Lots of info available. "Excel Pedal Steel Guitars". Got my Excel in Feb.2014, brand new. Zero issues and still hasn't broke a string. Very pleased with mine. Thanks.
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Lane Gray


From:
Topeka, KS
Post Posted 9 Jan 2017 6:01 am     Reply with quote

I believe Bill Ferguson is a dealer.
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Len Amaral


From:
Rehoboth,MA 02769
Post Posted 9 Jan 2017 6:51 am     Reply with quote

Definitely purchase through a dealer. I ordered one direct many years ago and got nailed with a huge shipping cost and rediculous charge at Customs bringing the guitar in.

Very nice guitar and was sorry I sold it.
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Jerry Overstreet


From:
Louisville Ky
Post Posted 9 Jan 2017 7:42 am     Reply with quote

Maybe try Bill Stafford in Gulfport Miss. Contact info in this thread. http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=305749&highlight=
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Doc Hall


From:
Galveston, Tx
Post Posted 10 Jan 2017 7:13 am     Reply with quote

I bought mine recently by going through the website. You have to be sure that you get your communications right and re-check what has been requested over the course of the build. Other than that, I got what I wanted and it's an impressive guitar. Customs is unpredictable and can result in extra work on your end.
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Douglas Schuch


From:
St John, US Virgin Islands
Post Posted 10 Jan 2017 3:34 pm     Reply with quote

I know Keith Bolog just took delivery of a new D-10 from Excel. You could contact him via the forum and ask how he went about it. I found him very willing to share info on the Excels. I think the biggest concern might be Mitsuo's age - 87, I think? Very interesting instruments, with many innovations.
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Rick Kreuziger


From:
Merrillan, Wisconsin
Post Posted 10 Jan 2017 5:42 pm     Reply with quote

I ordered mine last year about this time. I contacted Mitsuo via email. Build time was very quick.
I had it shipped the cheaper method of two offered and it arrived USPS with no customs charges.
Payments were done with bank wires. It pays to shop on that, fees can be expensive.
I was careful to keep my English simple and direct. I had no problem getting what I ordered. He built me a wonderful instrument.
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Mike Vallandigham


From:
Martinez, CA
Post Posted 10 Jan 2017 9:20 pm     Reply with quote

I own a S12 Excel Superb that I love dearly.
I bought mine already made from Scotty's, but I've emailed Mitsuo afterwards about some things, and he is very responsive, and a pleasure to deal with.

As mentioned, keep in mind the language barrier, and use plain simple English when communicating by email. Thankfully, he understands just fine, because I can't understand one lick of Japanese. Oishi. That's all I know. It means "delicious".
I had no problems.
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Larry Allen


From:
Anchorage,Alaska & Kapaa,Hawaii
Post Posted 11 Jan 2017 1:56 pm     Excel Reply with quote

I have several Excels...the last 2 I ordered direct from Mitzuo...they each took 1 month to build to my specs. The shipping was $160 from Tokyo to Anchorage...no customs taxes....excellent service and guitars, Larry

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Glenn Demichele


From:
(20mi N of) Chicago Illinois, USA
Post Posted 11 Jan 2017 5:40 pm     Reply with quote

I got my E9/C6 directly from Mitsou Feb 2016. I got exactly what I asked for, and it's great.
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Bill Ferguson


From:
Norcross, GA USA
Post Posted 12 Jan 2017 4:41 am     Reply with quote

Bill Stafford is the go to person in the USA.
He and Mitsuo work together very well.
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Jeffrey Smith


From:
Athens, Alabama, USA
Post Posted 16 Jan 2017 10:05 pm     Thanks, Everyone! Reply with quote

Thanks to all for your informative responses.

Jeff Smith
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