Prince Guitar Up For Auction
Prince fans with deep pockets have a chance to bid on a guitar owned and played by the superstar.
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The Yellow Schecter Cloud Guitar, owned and played by Prince, is now up for auction at the auction site Gotta Have Rock and Roll. The beautiful guitar was directly from the star’s inventory and often accompanied the musician in performances and rehearsals. Bidding ends soon, and the estimated final price is $200,000.
The original owner was involved with assisting in productions and testing for over 18 months and witnessed the guitar’s usage on several occasions with testing, rehearsals and live in-house performances.
The guitar comes with a signed letter of provenance from the consignor who acquired the guitar from a previous employee of the musician.
The employee states, “I worked for Prince as a guitar technician for a little over a year and a half. Around this time he was commissioning the line of ‘Manufactured exclusively for NPG’ Schecter range. This guitar was one sent to Prince for testing and approval. You will notice with this being a prototype for testing that it does not have the ‘Manufactured for NPG or Schecter serial number’ on the headstock. Instead, this was assigned an official ‘PRN Music Corp’ serial number of 16231 which sits inside the battery panel.
“I witnessed Prince testing the guitar on several occasions and during rehearsals for two separate in house shows. I would set this guitar up for Prince during those times among several other guitars. His approval was eventually given for the NPG line after some adjustments were made. Although Prince was very demanding, he was great to work for, incredible to see in action and very generous.
“At the end of my time with him, he allowed me to keep 16231 and since then the only change that was made to the guitar was replacing the Seymour Duncan pickups to the preference of EMG and I purchased my own flight case to store it in, however, it has remained unplayed and in storage since my time with Prince”.