Posted on by Walter Bryant

With the untimely passing of the music legend, Prince, we musicians have grown to appreciate not only his musical works, but the tools he used to produce such masterpieces. Known for using a select few distinctive guitars, Prince’s last custom guitar was built by Gus of Gus Guitars in East Sussex in the UK. Being the last guitar Prince performed with, the guitar holds a special place for guitar enthusiasts. Read what Simon Farmer, the builder of this special guitar, has to say regarding his recent work for the legend.


“Like every other lover of music, guitar and all things funky, I was deeply shocked to hear the news about Prince yesterday. It was particularly poignant for me though as one of the last known photos of Prince pictures him showing off a guitar I’d built for him to an audience at Paisley Park last Saturday.

The Purple Special I built for Prince was the ultimate expression of my G1 design and every aspect tailored to suit him. Focussed as he was on solo piano recently, I was nevertheless so looking forward to seeing him rip it up on that guitar as only he could and am devastated to think that won’t happen now.

He liked the design and had asked if I could make him a bass version. I sent some pictures for him to look at and he ordered a black and gold four string which I’d just started building over the last few days. He’d left the specification to me and I had some ideas for it that I think he would have liked and would have made for a cool bass….so I feel his loss personally, even though I never met him and mourn the passing of one of the greatest musicians and guitarists ever.” (