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the Guitars of Prince 1977-2016

I bought this book earlier this year and I love it. I know there are so many more guitars that could have been added and other accessories but it really showed me more of an intimate sided of Prince.
The artists choice of tools(instruments, paints/paint brushes, pencils, pens/ink, canvas, etc, that investment.

Some of the instruements that I've never known him to play 'live/video' feel like the outtakes of the album era's

What is your favorite guitar by Prince (or even those in his band at the time)?


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Reply #1 posted 06/09/21 9:25am

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I love a large number of Prince's guitars and styles

This is one that is simple but I'm visually drawn to it

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Washburn EA44

Three of Prince’s guitars made it onto his album covers. For Sign O’ The Times Jeff Katz photographed Prince with a seemingly discarded peach cloud. On MPLSound art director Anthony Malzone rendered a blue Strat for the cover. The third guitar is more difficult to find – it is hidden behind the symbol on the cover of “Love Symbol”. This is the Washburn EA44.

The symbol on the cover of Love Symbol hides Prince’s guitar.

The model number EA44 has been used by Washburn a few times since introducing the Festival series guitars in the early 80s. This version is a slim-bodied electro-acoustic guitar that was built by Washburn in the early 1990s. It has the familiar shape of other Festival series Washburns, and is equipped with Equis II pre-amplification, which included both a standard jack and XLR output. It came in Black, Tobacco Burst and Natural variants. This was one of the premium guitars in Washburn’s range, and in 1993 the retail price was US$999.99.

I don’t know how Prince came by his EA44, but it makes its first and last appearance in the official promo video for “7”. The cover of the Love Symbol album is actually a still taken from that video, with Prince and Mayte in the centre of a group of children, and he’s holding the EA44. It’s hard to make out the details of the guitar, so I went to the official video for “7” where it is much easier to see it. There’s no doubt it is the EA44.

Captured from “7”

The Paisley Park Guitar and Bass book has a couple of high quality photos of the EA44, but the details that go with the photos don’t quite add up. The text says that the guitar can be seen in the “My Name Is Prince” video, but I can’t find it anywhere (of course we do know that the Cloud Bass pops up in that video, albeit upside down). They also say that the heart mirror on the body of the guitar dates back to the Lovesexy era, but this version of the guitar was not in production until the 90s, so that’s not correct. I can see that it might have been mixed up with the guitar in the Glam Slam video (the Sigma SE-19) that also has a heart mirror on the body. Unfortunately the Guitar and Bass book has let us down, I’m hoping there will be a revised edition in the future as there are quite a few corrections that need to be made.

Detailed photos are available in the Paisley Park Exhibition Series Guitar and Bass book, now available here

I’ve been searching for an EA44 since my first visit to Paisley Park in 2017. The guitar appeared in the Lovesexy room directly accessed from the atrium, which itself doesn’t quite make sense, as we know it’s not the guitar he was using at that time. I was able to get up close and confirm the model number, and then my searches started. In two and a half years I only found one example for sale, and fortunately for me it was in the UK and in great condition, and I’ve added it to my collection. Without the heart mirror the guitar is not instantly recognisable, so you may be able to find it at a reasonable price, but be prepared for a long wait.

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Jeff Levin’s late-1960s business cards, found buried in an envelope that also contained a June 9, 1971, Byrds backstage pass to the Fillmore East. Photo courtesy of Matt Umanov

May be an image of guitar and text that says 'Fall Creek Instrument Works Unmechanized Construction Fa11 Creek Instrument Works Unmechanized Construction JeffLevin Jeff Levin 1969 E. 27 St. B'klyn. N.Y. ES5-5834 Jeff JeffLevin Levin 1969 E. 27 St. B'klyn. N.Y. ES5-5834 ES5 &Goodies & Goodies'

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Reply #4 posted 06/09/21 10:30am

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I love that book (bought a few copies at Paisley in 2019 for friends and myself).
I especially love the close-ups of the flaws, wear and tear. That only happens when an instrument is loved and constantly played.

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laytonian said:

I love that book (bought a few copies at Paisley in 2019 for friends and myself).
I especially love the close-ups of the flaws, wear and tear. That only happens when an instrument is loved and constantly played.

I was thinking similar when looking at the older guitars.

The Hohner has been with him from 1977-2016 "I love U but not like I love my Hohner guitar" lol
It really drives home time and how much history of usage whether on stage or in the studio

I noticed this one two, never noticed the wear until recently

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That's what U want, TRANSCENDENCE. When that happens, O Boy -Prince 2015
https://www.youtube.com/w...nm2Qq6QTFs
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Never No Time To Play...
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Reply #6 posted 06/09/21 12:31pm

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They also say that the heart mirror on the body of the guitar dates back to the Lovesexy era, but this version of the guitar was not in production until the 90s, so that’s not correct. I can see that it might have been mixed up with the guitar in the Glam Slam video (the Sigma SE-19) that also has a heart mirror on the body. Unfortunately the Guitar and Bass book has let us down, I’m hoping there will be a revised edition in the future as there are quite a few corrections that need to be made.

According to what you write the heart mirror dates from the Lovesexy era, not necessarily the guitar itself. That one may not be a mistake.

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steakfinger said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

They also say that the heart mirror on the body of the guitar dates back to the Lovesexy era, but this version of the guitar was not in production until the 90s, so that’s not correct. I can see that it might have been mixed up with the guitar in the Glam Slam video (the Sigma SE-19) that also has a heart mirror on the body. Unfortunately the Guitar and Bass book has let us down, I’m hoping there will be a revised edition in the future as there are quite a few corrections that need to be made.

According to what you write the heart mirror dates from the Lovesexy era, not necessarily the guitar itself. That one may not be a mistake.

That is quote/pasted from the website

Yes actually the heart mirror dates back to Sign O the Time 87 where he performed Forever In My Life

I posted 2 pictures from the SOTT tour in post 1. I'll send the website a note.

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That's what U want, TRANSCENDENCE. When that happens, O Boy -Prince 2015
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Never No Time To Play...
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Reply #8 posted 06/10/21 6:56am

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OldFriends4Sale said:

laytonian said:

I love that book (bought a few copies at Paisley in 2019 for friends and myself).
I especially love the close-ups of the flaws, wear and tear. That only happens when an instrument is loved and constantly played.

I was thinking similar when looking at the older guitars.

The Hohner has been with him from 1977-2016 "I love U but not like I love my Hohner guitar" lol
It really drives home time and how much history of usage whether on stage or in the studio

I noticed this one two, never noticed the wear until recently

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Isn't that Ida's bass ?

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Reply #9 posted 06/10/21 7:48am

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The best thing is the Prince was not a guitar snob. He basically played whatever he thought looked cool. Telecaster copies, Vox guitar, off the rack Strats with a floyd no less. Sure once he got famous he had the custom jobs done for him (cloud and symbol) but again it was just about the look.

He'd laugh at anyone who spends $$$$ for a cloud or mad cat replica.....which of course I have. lol

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Did Prince ever play that heart shaped guitar live?

May be an image of 1 person, standing, playing a musical instrument and guitar

May be an image of 1 person and smiling

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Reply #11 posted 06/11/21 2:36pm

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http://www.guitarcloud.org

GREAT ARCHIVE!!! smile

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Reply #12 posted 06/11/21 2:45pm

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axe | The Webernets

The "Cloud" is the most iconic (4 Prince)

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Reply #13 posted 06/11/21 5:09pm

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My favorite Prince guitar EVER is the Model C and its the matching blue bass counterpart, but I do have a soft spot for the mirrored tele from RNR Love Affair and Screwdriver too

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Reply #14 posted 06/12/21 4:39pm

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OldFriends4Sale said:

Did Prince ever play that heart shaped guitar live?

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Great thread! Look at all the Perrier in that first photo. Also is that a tattoo on his left ring finger in that pic up above?

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