Guitar Maker for Prince Remembers the Man & Musical Genius

April 22, 2016 08:01 PM

A treasured piece of Prince's history is now safe-guarded in one the nation's premiere museums. The iconic guitar he used in the "Purple Rain" movie is at the Smithsonian. 

We caught up with Dave Rusan who built that guitar for Prince. The Bloomington man first met Prince while working at a twin cities music store back in the 1970's. Rusan describes Prince as quiet and polite. Rusan tells us he was honored to help Prince make music history.

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"I took on the challenge but I never made one at that point but I thought how can I turn this opportunity down I'll regret it for the rest of my life," Dave Rusan of Rusan Guitarworks said.

Rusan says Prince made Minneapolis the center of the music world in the 1980's.  

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