A 1984 Prince signature Cloud guitar is heading to the auction block.
A part of Julien's Auctions' upcoming Music Icons auction, set to take place June 19 – June 20, the guitar was used onstage extensively by Prince, according to Julien's. Though not in ideal condition - there are some fairly heavy signs of wear and tear on the neck near the headstock - this guitar is one of only a handful of original, stage-used Cloud guitars in existence.
This particular Cloud model features Prince's trademark love symbols on the neck and gold hardware. Like Prince's other Cloud guitars, this model was built by Minneapolis luthier Dave Rusan.
Though the oft-used, heavily-worn guitar doesn't have strings attached, it's nonetheless valued at a cool $100,000-$200,000.
It comes in a Calzone purple case, and is packaged with a printout from Paisley Park of the list of Cloud guitars made for Prince with their corresponding serial numbers. This guitar is the first one on the printout, with a “#1” indicated next to it.
For more info on the auction, step right on over to juliensauctions.com (opens in new tab).
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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