Prince's Yellow Cloud guitar, 1989
In 1992 Smithsonian curators, hoping to add more "distinctive, innovative" twentieth-century instruments to the musical history collection, contacted Prince, a musician known for his distinctive, innovative style. Prince's production company, Paisley Park Enterprises, donated the Yellow Cloud, built by Minneapolis craftsmen and designed by Prince himself. The guitar features fingerboard inlays in the shape of the artist's personal icon, a stylized combination of the male and female symbols. It later appeared in a 1997 exhibition on the history of electric guitars, From the Frying Pan to the Electric V.
Musical Instruments, Popular Culture Memorabilia
Return to the Legacies Home Page