CME has been selected by luthier Andy Powers to offer our customers a chance to purchase the debut model from his new brand of guitars, inspired by the hallmarks of Southern California culture!

“San Diego is the pot that I was boiled in,” Andy Powers said at an exclusive press event announcing the debut of the Powers Electric A-Type guitar model. “I’ve lived here my whole life. Knowing what that looked like, what it felt like, and the kinds of things people did—those things shape who you are.”

Designed with the vibrant musical, artistic, and architectural backdrop of San Diego’s North County in mind—think surfing, skateboards, and classic cars—the new Powers Electric A-Type model blends these influences and aesthetics to provide players with a new tool to enrich and inspire their creative expression. Comprised almost entirely of parts made in-house, each Powers Electric guitar requires labor-intensive craftsmanship, meaning they can only be produced in small numbers.

Inspired by the lines of classic cars, hot rods, and surfboard design, the Powers Electric A-Type guitar sports an asymmetrical shape, without sacrificing visual balance. Featuring timeless styling and modern embellishments, the resulting model is a trussed, slim hollowbody design, for which—like a surfboard or roadster—every line was considered, both for its looks and its handling.

As if the aesthetic links to Southern California’s surfboard culture weren’t clear enough, the colorful knobs and vibrato arm cap on each A-Type guitar are shop-crafted in-house from layers of surfboard resin, which originally was a byproduct of the surfboard glassing process—and, as a result, no two resin knobs look exactly alike!

Made to be held with ease, the A-Type is lightweight and perfectly balanced whether played standing or sitting, with contoured armrests and radiused body edges for additional playing comfort.

Not to be confused with an end-to-end compound radius, the A-Type’s Honduras rosewood fretboard features a split radius—meaning it’s asymmetrical from the bass side to the treble side, with the treble side slightly flatter all the way from the first fret down to the end (i.e. up to the highest fret, where the fretboard meets the body), for easy, better-sounding string bends.

Body Architecture
Each Powers Electric A-Type features an Urban Ash hollowbody trussed with two internal soundposts fitted into a braced, solid maple top—similar to the soundpost in a violin—which allows the front and back to move together, increasing the resonance and sustain of the guitar while reducing feedback.

Available in “full Faraday” (FF42) and “partial Faraday” (PF42) editions, both pickup options are a new design that blends modern magnetic structure with an old inspiration, allowing the strings to vibrate more naturally, producing unprecedented fidelity and colorful warmth—tonal qualities that tend to be at odds with one another, but beautifully complement one another with these new designs—one emphasizing clarity and warmth (FF42); and the other, a firm, brighter response (PF42).

“CamTail” Tremolo/Vibrato
Since pitch-shifting tails notoriously go out of tune, Andy Powers engineered his own ingenious “camshaft” tailpiece—which he’s dubbed the “CamTail”—with string ramps individually compensated for tension and gauge. So, when you dive on the CamTail Tremolo on a Powers Electric A-Type guitar, the strings move in pitch unison relative to each other—getting sonically closer to the way lap and pedal steel guitarists move a chord and maintain relative pitch.

Chicago Music Exchange

Chicago Music Exchange

Powers Electric
Brand New
Sunburst Wild Honey Burst
18 Years
Chicago Music Exchange
Chicago Music Exchange
Chicago, IL
10:50 PM
Monday-Saturday 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. Sunday 11 A.M to 5 P.M.

Payment Terms - Orders Internet orders may be paid for using the following methods: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. For phone or mail orders you may pay money orders and cashier's checks by mail. Just call us at 773-525-7773 to place your order. All non-credit-card orders are subject to a 10-business-day hold. We do not accept international credit card or PayPal payments from international accounts. For international security reasons, please call the store to arrange a Bank Wire: +01-773-525-7773.

Shipping Charges - Taxes and Title Separate charges for shipping and handling will be shown on your order form. As a security precaution, initial orders and orders shipping to alternate addresses may be held for extended verification. We reserve the right to make partial shipments, which will not relieve you of your obligation to pay for the remaining deliveries. All items purchased from Chicago Music Exchange are made pursuant to a shipment contract. This means that the risk of loss and title for such items passes to you upon our delivery to the carrier. The published rates are for US domestic shipping only. Contact us directly if you wish to place an international order. For more information on our shipping policies, including rates, delivery times, and delays, please visit our website at chicagomusicexchange or call us at: 773-525-7773. If applicable, a separate charge for taxes will be shown on the invoice. We are required to collect sales tax on all orders shipped to Illinois.

3-Day / 15-day Return Policy If you are not completely satisfied with any product, return it for a full refund of the product purchase price, full credit, or exchange of your choice. We give you 3 days from the shipping date on Vintage instruments, and 15 days on New instruments. Credit card returns are issued a credit for purchase price. Refunds are made for product value only, excluding shipping and handling charges. New, Unopened items: You may return most NEW, untouched, unopened items within 15 days of delivery for a full refund. if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.) we'll also pay the return shipping costs. AmEx credit cards: Note that if your order was paid using an AmEx card we may pass on a 3.5% fee of the purchase price to process your refund. Vintage, Used items: We have to evaluate vintage and used guitars, amps, and other items on a case by case basis. We spend a lot of time with you and the item before your purchase to try to avoid any surprises after your purchase. AmEx credit cards: Note that if your order was paid using an AmEx card we may pass on a 3.5% fee of the purchase price to process your refund. You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, we strive to issue your refund sooner. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days). Send your return to: Chicago Music Exchange 3316 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60657 The following items are returnable only if defective OR unopened or unused: strings, harmonicas, microphones, cleaners, polishes, and polishing cloths. Software/soundware, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, and videos may be returned for credit only if they are in their original, sealed packaging. If defective, these items will only be exchanged for the same product. For complete details on our guarantees, shipping, and return policies, please contact our Customer Service Department at 773-525-7773; fax us at 773-525-2775; visit our website at, or write us at Chicago Music Exchange, 3316 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657.