This guitar was designed by Prince for his exclusive use and was custom-made by Minneapolis craftsmen. The musician's distinctive personal symbol adorns both the top and the side of the fingerboard. Today, custom work for famous instrumentalists provides an important marketing tool for small-scale guitar makers. Solid-body construction enables the creation of highly imaginative shapes. Colors like this bright yellow were first offered commercially by Fender in the mid-1950s.
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