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See the Purple Special, the Last Guitar Made for Prince

The last guitar ever made for Prince, who died one year ago today (April 21, 2016) at age 57, was a custom job crafted by Simon "Gus" Farmer of the U.K.'s Gus Guitars.

Farmer actually started working on the ultra-sleek-looking instrument 10 years ago but gave it to Prince only about a month before the guitarist died. Thankfully for Farmer, it was enough time for Prince to play it in concert—and even order a bass from Farmer.

"The Purple Special I built for Prince was the ultimate expression of my G1 design and every aspect tailored to suit him," Farmer wrote on his website. "Focused 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.

As Farmer told the BBC, "He didn't have it long—but long enough to enjoy it."

"He liked it and ordered a bass straight away, which I was working on when he died," Farmer added. "It was amazing to see he had performed with it and liked it so much he wanted another guitar from me. I've been told it was the last guitar he owned."

You can check out a video that shows the guitar below.

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.