Re: Alabama ALBZ40Irish Bouzouki - Impresions, reviews, thoughts
Doing a bit more Googling, appears "Alabama" is a brand of Coast Music, a Canadian distributor that imports Asian-made (possibly other as well) instruments -- banjos, mandolins, Autoharps, etc. They're a division of JAM Industries, whoever they may be.
Asian instrument builders will make instruments for US, Canadian etc. distributors with a variety of nameplates. This page gives a list of the brands that Coast Music distributes in Canada; "Alabama" is listed with a heading of Over the years our team of specialist have worked relentlessly to perfect a series of instruments that represent quality and affordability. Numerous hours have been spent in factories overseas and thousands of samples have been evaluated resulting in the distribution of:...Alabama (banjos, mandolins)
The Alabama bouzouki is listed as having all-solid-wood construction, which is a plus. As best as can be determined from the somewhat sketchy specs page, it resembles the fairly generic instruments that are imported under a variety of nameplates. Since the "Alabama" brand is probably limited to Canadian distribution, you won't find too many US-based 'zouk players with hands-on info about it.
Depending on the price and set-up, could be a decent starter instrument.
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