Prince Estate Announces Replica Release of Prince’s Cloud Guitar

By Stu Kelly / June 27, 2019

Today the Prince estate has officially announced the release of replica versions of Prince’s iconic Cloud guitar. 

According to Prince’s website, Prince first came across the model for the Cloud Guitar while browsing in a guitar shop with his childhood friend and first bassist, André Cymone, in the late 1970s when Prince was at the very beginning of his solo career. The two musicians were intrigued by a custom bass guitar with hand-carved curves and swirls, and the way it resembled a classical instrument more than one you would see in the hands of a rock or funk musician. Prince purchased the bass for André to play, and it can be seen in the 1979 video for “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” 

In 1983, when it came time for Prince to choose an instrument to play in his first film, Purple Rain, he brought the Cloud bass to a young Minneapolis luthier named Dave Rusan, who worked at Prince’s favorite local guitar shop, Knut Koupee Music. Recreating the bass as a prop to use in the film took months, and only four copies of the original white Cloud Guitar were made by Rusan — but his Cloud Guitars laid the groundwork for one of the most intriguing stage instruments of the 1980s. 

Prince had the Cloud Guitar remade many times throughout his career in different colors and finishes, and the instrument re-emerged at several key points in his artistic evolution. Prince would call on the company Schecter to repair his Cloud Guitars and manufacture new replicas for his use, including a run that was sold to fans on Prince’s HitnRun Tour. 

Authentic Schecter model Cloud Guitars are now exclusively available from the Official Prince Store. Previously, Schecter replicas of the iconic Cloud Guitar have only been available to purchase in-person at Prince’s legendary Paisley Park.

Every order ships in purple hard case with custom purple plush interior. All U.S. orders will also receive free domestic shipping. Guitars are expected to be ready for shipping in November of 2019.

Guitar Specs

  • Model Name: Prince Cloud
  • Color: White
  • Construction: Set-Neck
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Top Contour: Flat Top
  • Neck Material: 3pc Maple
  • Fretboard Material: Maple
  • Inlays: Black Prince Love Symbols
  • Scale: 24.75” (628.65mm)
  • Frets: 22
  • Fretboard Radius: 14” (355mm)
  • Neck Shape: Vintage ‘C’
  • Nut Material: Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL
  • Nut Width: 1.65” (42mm)
  • Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable
  • Bridge Pickup: EMG 81
  • Neck Pickup: EMG SA
  • Controls: Volume/Tone/3-Way Toggle
  • Hardware Color: Gold
  • Bridge: Wraparound
  • Strings: Ernie Ball Regular Slinky #2221
  • Knobs: Metal Dome w/ Set Screw
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