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Seeing Prince playing Purple Rain with the cloud guitar was one of the main inspirations for me to learn to play guitar, I'd always dreamt of having one of these guitars. I missed out on picking up on of the clouds sold at the Glam Slam Shops and via mail order, but when the NPG Music Club put them up for sale on the website I managed to get the white cloud i'd always wanted. Later I also picked up a blue cloud from the site when they put up a second batch.
The Cloud guitar was first seen in the movie Purple Rain. There were four of these originally built by David Husain, a luthier at Knut Koupee music store in Minneapolis. This unique looking instrument caught Prince’s eye as well as his fans. The original Cloud guitars were all maple, neck through construction with Love Symbol inlays at the fret markers. They had a 24 ¾” scale length with 22 medium jumbo frets and a 12” radius. They were loaded with an EMG 81 in the bridge position and an EMG SA single-coil in the neck position with one volume, one tone, and a 3-way pickup selector. The Cloud guitars had a brass nut and truss rod cover and Schaller hardware was gold-plated.

There were only the four that have been played by Prince throughout the years though there are replicas in the some Hard Rock Cafés around the world. These were built by Prince’s guitar tech at the time, numbered, and included a Certificate of Authenticity but not actually played by Prince himself. Schecter Guitars was also commissioned to build replica’s that were available only through Prince’s website and at his live shows. These were available in bolt-on and neck-through with Duncan Designed pickups and Grover machine heads. Some of the later examples of these had a 25 ½” scale and were missing the brass nut and truss rod cover.

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