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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recognizes the life and legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson (1958 – 2016) by displaying his “Yellow Cloud” electric guitar. The guitar was made in 1989 and used during Prince’s Diamonds and Pearls era.
“Prince was a multi-talented artist who achieved popular success while pursuing eclectic and innovative musical visions,” said Eric Jentsch, deputy chair in the division of culture and the arts. “One of the best-selling musicians of all time, he is also remembered for his energetic performances, film work, and songwriting.”
Custom-made by the Minneapolis, Minn., firm Knut-Koupee Enterprises, the guitar was designed by Prince; his distinctive personal symbol adorns both the top and the side of the fingerboard.