Prince's Yellow Cloud Electric Guitar


In 1983, Prince hired the Minneapolis, Minnesota guitar company Knut-Koupee Enterprises to build this, likely his first “Cloud” guitar, the bold shape of which was inspired by a unique bass guitar designed in 1972 by Jeff Levin of Sardonyx Guitars. Originally painted white, the guitar debuted in Prince’s breakout film, Purple Rain, and later was painted peach when Prince unveiled his 1987 album, Sign o' the Times. Like Prince’s genre-defying music, it features a flamboyantly fluid shape, with fretboard markers along the neck of the guitar (later added) that combine male and female symbols.

Date Made: 1983

User: PrinceMaker: Haugen, BarryRusan, DavidKnut-Koupee Enterprises, Inc.

Place Made: United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis

Subject: African American


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments, Music & Musical Instruments, Popular Entertainment, Guitars, Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection

Exhibition: Entertainment Nation

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Publication: Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Paisley Park Enterprises

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1993.0435.01Catalog Number: 1993.0435.01Accession Number: 1993.0435

Object Name: guitar

Physical Description: paint (overall material)plastic (overall material)brass (overall material)metal (overall material)wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 38 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 97.79 cm x 29.21 cm x 6.985 cm


Record Id: nmah_607482

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