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RainSong Al Petteway Special Edition APSE Acoustic-Electric Guitar (SN:17298)

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Custom designed by the remarkable fingerstyle guitar player himself, Al Petteway worked with the folks at RainSong to improve upon the previously released Al Petteway Limited Edition guitar. The APSE special edition signature model features Al Petteway custom design specifications, all-graphite body with unidirectional carbon soundboard, and LR Baggs Stage Pro Anthem electronics. This APSE is great for fans of Al Petteway or those just looking to rock a new-age, advance-designed acoustic.

Al Petteway Custom Design Specifications
Working closely with RainSong to up the ante on his previous design, Al Petteway specified a few features that really set this guitar apart. He chose the OM body size for an enhanced frequency response which caters to fingerstyle players like him. He also wanted a 12-fret neck, which creates a warmer and sweeter sound, as well as increased ease of playability by keeping the left arm closer to the body. It's noteworthy that the combination of the 12-fret neck with an all-graphite body has never before been available with the OM size body.

All-Graphite Body with Unidirectional Carbon Soundboard
The RainSong APSE Al Petteway Special Edition sports an all-graphite body and a unidirectional graphite soundboard that was made using RainSong's signature Projection Tuned Layering technique. The unidirectional carbon mimics the tight grains visible on a fine spruce top guitar. The outcome is a warm, rich sound, with unparalleled volume and projection. Understandably, the traditionalists will have a tough time imagining that an all-graphite body with carbon soundboard could hold a candle to some quality tonewood. But, Al Petteway himself asked some fans to tell him which guitar track on his "Mountain Guitar" album was from a carbon graphite guitar, and no one could properly tell.  The bottom line is that though the all-graphite body maintains its own properties, the sound is similar to that of a wood-body guitar, and is great overall.

LR Baggs Stage Pro Anthem Electronics
In true research and development fashion, the team at RainSong tested a number of electronics with this signature Al Petteway model until they found the right fit. By a small margin, the LR Baggs Stage Pro Anthem Electronics won out. Perfectly suited for this guitar, the system features volume control and EQ, giving players the ability to fine tune their mix. The onboard tuner is super convenient, and cuts the volume when engaged so no one else has to hear you tuning.


  • All-Graphite OM Style Body
  • Unidirectional Carbon Soundboard with Signature Projection Tuned Layering
  • 12-Fret All-Graphite NS Neck and Composite Fingerboard with Performance Shape Casting
  • LR Baggs Stage Pro Anthem Electronics
  • Chrome-Plated Gotoh SGV510Z-L5-C Tuners
  • Includes Hardshell Case

Get your RainSong Al Petteway Special Edition APSE Acoustic-Electric Guitar from Sam Ash today. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Acoustic-Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case


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Body Size/Shape OM
Body Wood All-Graphite
Top All-Graphite Unidirectional Carbon
Bracing None
Cutaway Yes
Top/Body Finish UV Protective, High-Gloss, Urethane Tobacco Burst
Neck Wood All-Graphite
Scale Length 24.875"
Fingerboard Composite
Number Of Frets 18
Nut Width 1.75"
Nut & Saddle Tusq
Tuning Machines Chrome-Plated Gotoh SGV510Z-L5-C with 1:21 Gear Ratio
Electronics L.R. Baggs StagePro Anthem
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Series Shorty Series
Model APSE
Warranty Info:

RAINSONG warrants solely to the original retail purchaser of this RAINSONG musical instrument that the instrument purchased shall be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use for as long as the instrument is owned by the original retail purchaser, and until the ownership of the instrument is transferred to another. This Limited Warranty does not cover:

  • Normal wear and tear (i.e., worn frets, worn machine heads, worn plating, string replacement, scratched pickguards, or damages to or discoloration of the instrument finish for any reason).
  • The subjective issue of tonal characteristics.
  • Shipping damages of any kind.
  • Any instrument that has been damaged due to misuse, negligence, accident, or improper operation.
  • The instrument case or gigbag.
  • Any instrument upon which unauthorized repair or service has been performed.
  • Any instrument that has not been purchased from an authorized RAINSONG dealer.
  • Any factory-installed electronics after a period of one year following the original date of purchase.
  • Cracking, discoloration or damage of any sort to the finish or plating for any reason.
  • RAINSONG does not warranty the playability of an instrument whose "action" is lower than the factory standard or whose string gauge is different than the factory standard.

Limitation on Obligations. The obligations of RAINSONG hereunder are limited to repair or replacement of parts of the instrument found to be defective under this Limited Warranty. In no event shall RAINSONG be liable for any indirect, incidental or consequential damages, including but not limited to time, wages or lost profits, on any nature or kind or for damages to or loss of property. THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IS THE SOLE WARRANTY OF RAINSONG GRAPHITE GUITARS WITH REGARD TO RAINSONG INSTRUMENTS, AND IS GIVEN IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR PURPOSE.

No Other Warranties. The Limited Warranty set forth herein constitutes the entire warranty and representation of RAINSONG with regard to its instruments. This Limited Warranty shall be controlling over any conflicting terms and conditions of any purchase orders, contracts or invoices that may be executed in connection with the purchase of the RAINSONG musical instrument. No representation or warranty made by any RAINSONG salesperson, dealer, agent, representative or employee shall be binding upon RAINSONG other than as set forth herein.

Claim Procedures. Unless purchaser is notified in writing that repair and service under this Limited Warranty may be made by an authorized RAINSONG dealer or authorized RAINSONG warranty repair center, claims for warranty performance and service shall be made by sending the instrument, shipping and insurance prepaid by the purchaser, to RAINSONG at the address shown on the back, together with:
  • evidence confirming the original purchase by purchaser (such as a copy of the sales invoice or receipt, a credit card slip, or the like).
  • a brief description of the nature of the asserted defect.
  • the name, address and phone number of the original purchaser to whom the instrument is to be returned.

RAINSONG shall review the description of the asserted defect, examine the instrument, and make service, repairs and replacements as appropriate under this Limited Warranty. Upon completion of the service, the instrument shall be returned by RAINSONG to the original purchaser, shipping and insurance to be paid by the purchaser. In the event it is determined that the asserted defect is not covered by or is excluded from this Limited Warranty, the instrument shall be returned without repairs or replacement, shipping and insurance to be paid by the purchaser.

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