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Prince's Electric Guitar

The Instrument Formerly Known as Guitar
Custom-made by the Minneapolis, MN, firm of Knut-Koupee Enterprises, this "Yellow-cloud" electric guitar was designed and used by Prince. The musician's distinctive personal symbol adorns both the top and the side of the fingerboard. Today, custom work for famous instrumentalists and musicians provides an important marketing tool for small-scale guitar makers.

39" long x 11" wide x 2-1/2" deep at bridge
Prince Rogers Nelson, born June 7, 1958, Minneapolis, MN
In 1993, Prince legally changed his name to a symbol; for most of the 1990s he was often referred to as "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince" or simply "The Artist."
In May 2000, after being released from a long-term record contract, Prince held a press conference to announce he was changing his name back to "Prince."
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Learn more!
· "From Frying Pan to Flying V: The Rise of the Electric Guitar," an NMAH "virtual" exhibition
· Electric Guitars

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