Prince's Yellow Cloud Electric Guitar

Prince's Yellow Cloud Electric Guitar

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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.
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Object Name
date made
Haugen, Barry
Rusan, David
Knut-Koupee Enterprises, Inc.
Place Made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
Physical Description
paint (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
brass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Paisley Park Enterprises through Skip Johnson
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