(Bloomington, MN) — The original builder of Prince’s famous Cloud Guitar is being asked to stop making replica models.
Dave Rusan of Bloomington created the very first guitar in 1983 for the movie “Purple Rain” while working at Knut-Koupée Music in Uptown Minneapolis. Rusan Guitarworks obtained the trademark for the Cloud Guitar design this year, but Dave says he received a letter from the Prince estate asking him to give up the trademark and stop selling the guitars. The replicas cost about eight-thousand dollars and are being sold to customers around the world. Rusan says he’s preparing for a court battle with Prince’s family.