There have been a lot of independent builders and smaller, short lived musical instrument companies. Some are able to maintain a presence for many years, but for a host of reasons, many can not and are mostly lost to the mists of time. Or, in this case, of Toronto. Sadly, here we cannot say that we remember the Alamo, the Planetary Guitar Co. or the person who signed the label, J. McNeil.

The Planetary Guitar Co. Alamo is a well-built, good sounding steel string guitar, somewhat based on a round-shouldered dreadnought design like a Gibson 45. It does have the warm, rich tone characteristic of the J-45 that goes so well with the human voice. It plays well and cleanly.

The Alamo is built with Indian rosewood back and sides, Sitka Spruce top, and rosewood for the fingerboard and bridge. For hardware, there are gold-coloured Kluson style tuners with creme plastic buttons. The finish is nitrocellulose lacquer and there is a small amount of binding shrinkage around the waist. A hardshell Takamine case is included.

Prices shown are in US dollars and are based on a recent exchange rate. For Canadian dollar pricing, please follow the More Details link here to our website posting at

The Twelfth Fret

The Twelfth Fret

Planetary Guitar Co.
The Twelfth Fret
The Twelfth Fret
(416) 423-2132
Toronto, Ontario
3:05 AM
12-6 Monday to Thursday 12-7 Friday 11-5 Saturdays Closed Sundays

1. We accept Visa and Mastercard through our secure online payment processor. We do use 3d Secure, aka Verified by Visa and Mastercard Secure Code. If the card cannot be verified through this method, shipping delays may occur. 2. We accept wire transfers - please contact us for details. 3. We do not accept cheques. Our banks hold cheques far too long for this to be useful. 4. In person we're happy to accept cash or verified debit cards. 5. Normally, on our own website ( we list prices primarily in Canadian dollars. On Gbase, we've converted the Canadian prices to US dollars at a 1.3% exchange rate. This rate is subject to change, reflecting current currency conversion rates.

Our primary carrier is FedEx. We also use Canada Post where rates or delivery schedules may provide better service to our customers. While we try hard to ship promptly, we will hold shipments if we determine that weather issues may cause damage to the shipped item.

Returns of Guitars, mandolins, banjos, amplifiers etc. All sales are final. We have a no-returns policy with a number of exceptions. To view our full return policy, and Terms and Conditions, please see the page at the link below: