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Lot #764
Prince: Custom Handbuilt Cloud Electric Guitar

Fashioned after Prince’s iconic Cloud guitar from Purple Rain, carved under the direction of Dave Rusan

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Fashioned after Prince’s iconic Cloud guitar from Purple Rain, carved under the direction of Dave Rusan

Stunning ivory Cloud electric guitar custom-made and hand-built by a Minnesota-based luthier and fashioned after Prince’s iconic Cloud guitar from the 1984 movie Purple Rain. The offered guitar was hand-carved under the direction of Dave Rusan, who created the original Purple Rain Cloud guitar, and features a solid maple body with pearl white finish, golden hardware, and cloud-inspired design to maple body, horn, and headstock, with a series of black spade markers to fretboard and top of neck. Includes a hardshell Gator carrying case and a scarce issue of the 1991 comic book Prince: Alter Ego, published by DC Comics (Piranha Music) in association with Paisley Park. In overall fine condition.

This exclusive guitar, No. 11, is one of only 12 made that have been supplied privately to Prince associates and other musicians and artists. It has been meticulously built with the same specifications as Prince’s original ivory Cloud guitar, and it is accompanied by a photo of Rusan and the instrument’s luthier posing with the guitar, as well as by a detailed parts/build list that notes the other 11 guitars and owners.

Parts / Build List:

1. Body — Solid maple (sourced in northern Minnesota / carved under direction of Dave Rusan)
2. Neck — Solid maple with maple fretboard
- 24 ¾½ Gibson scale
- 12½ straight radius
- Painted maple fretboard with spade markers
- 6150 medium jumbo gold frets
- Full-length tilt back headstock horn
3. Nut — Brass 1 11/16½
4. Paint — Pearl white
5. Bridge — Schaller 455 gold (original 1984)
6. Neck pickup — EMG SA(x): Active pickup
7. Bridge pickup — EMG 85(x): Active pickup
8. Tuning machines — Schaller M6 mini (gold)9.
Strap button — Schaller locking

The Prince Estate is not affiliated, associated, or connected with RR Auction or this auction, nor has it endorsed, authenticated or sponsored the items available for auction. Further, The Prince Estate has not licensed any of its intellectual property to RR Auction.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Prince
  • Dates: #627 - Ended January 12, 2022