Prince’s Yellow Cloud Guitar on Display at the National Museum of American History

April 22, 2016
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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will recognize 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. It will be on view beginning April 26, through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

“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.

An image of the guitar is available for press. Once installed, it can also be photographed or filmed in the museum. For access, contact Amelia Avalos at

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