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RainSong Al Petteway Special Edition APSE Acoustic-Electric Guitar (SN:17932)


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You are looking at a RainSong Al Petteway Special Edition APSE Acoustic-Electric Guitar, serial number 17932. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase.

RainSong Guitars teamed up esteemed acoustic guitarist, Al Petteway, to create a beautiful-sounding, superbly-playable instrument that will satisfy even the most discerning pro musicians. The Special Edition APSE Al Petteway model blends features from RainSong's Shorty model with specs and appointments that have been personally selected by the renowned artist himself.

Sporting RainSong's smallest, most refined OM body shape, the Al Petteway Special Edition features an all-graphite body and an all-graphite unidirectional carbon soundboard featuring RainSong's Projection Tuned Layering technique to produce a sweet, well-balanced, clear and warm acoustic voice. The smaller OM body and the 12-fret design gives the APSE a sound that makes this guitar ideal for fingerstyle players.

The 12-fret construction adds to the tonal warmth of this model while the neck's shorter scale length (24.875") allows for an exceptionally comfortable playing experience. The all-graphite NS neck and composite fingerboard are fabricated utilizing RainSong's Performance Shape Casting as a single piece. The specially-designed neck is not only comfortable and easy to play, but it offers low, fast action with no buzz & smooth playability and impeccable intonation with no dead spots. It's also stiff and sturdy, so the neck will never warp, bow or need adjustments. The truss rod in the neck is only there so that you can customize the neck relief to satisfy your individual preference.

Another unique feature that sets the APSE apart from the rest is the onboard LR Baggs Stage Pro Anthem Electronics. This system incorporates a pickup but also features an onboard microphone, allowing you to blend the two of them together to produce beautifully organic plugged-in acoustic sound. A set of Gotoh SGV510Z-L5-C tuning machines with a 1:21 gear ratio were chosen by Petteway for their accuracy, precision and performance.

Finally, as far as aesthetics go, Al Petteway prefers more of an old-school, simplistic styling. The APSE comes dressed in a more traditional tobacco burst UV protective satin urethane finish and the soundhole showcases a pinstripe rosette. Additionally, instead of the abalone shark inlays, the fingerboard is plain. Comes complete with a hardshell case.

Get your RainSong Al Petteway Special Edition APSE Acoustic-Electric Guitar from Sam Ash Direct 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
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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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