Meet the Luthier Who Made Prince’s One-of-a-Kind Guitars
Andy Beech designed 31 guitars for the musician including famous ‘Cloud’ and ‘Symbol’ guitars
Prince‘s uniqueÂ musicianshipÂ was mirrored and enabledÂ byÂ theÂ ornate guitars he used. Luthier Andy Beech of D’haitre Guitars in Bellingham, Washington is behind many of them. Beech designed 31 instruments for the late musicians including his famousÂ “Cloud” guitar and “Symbol” guitar.
“I feel unbelievably privileged,” Beech saidÂ while showing how the specialized instrument was constructed. “When I did this many years ago, when I started doing this, he only took somebody’s word that I was capable of doing.”Â Prince was involved with the process of crafting the guitars, said Beech.
As integral as Beech was to Prince’s music, the luthier never metÂ the Purple One. “I had the opportunity several times to go down there,” he said. “I had good friends working for him. That opportunity, sadly, will never be available to me again.”