Prince’s GUITAR and Michael’s GLOVE

written by Jeff Harris

Prince: A Man And His Guitar
Over his 30 plus year career, Prince has established himself as a virtuoso musician who has mastered many different musical instruments – bass, drums, keyboards, etc. First and foremost, he is most closely associated with the guitar. Out of all of the guitars this master musician has been seen playing over the years, none is more closely associated with Prince than his blonde Hohner Telecaster. Though it is a lower priced copy of the venerable Fender Telecaster, this iconic instrument has been “the man’s” first choice axe since he acquired it back in 1980. Its distinctive and funky tone has been a cornerstone of Prince’s onstage and in studio work since then. Prince is said to be so fond of this particular guitar, that he owns at least 3 or 4 of them. Famous guitar maker Roger Sadowsky was commissioned in 1984 to build two copies of this instrument for Prince to use on the “Purple Rain Tour”. Over the years these guitars have seen so much use that they have been refretted numerous times and a couple of them have even had to have replacement necks made for them! Though any guitar sounds great in this man’s hands, that blonde Tele copy has always been at the root of Prince’s funk.

Michael Jackson: A Man And His Glove

Of the many iconic images Michael Jackson is known for, none is more instantly recognizable than the single white sequined glove he wore when he performed. For many years people saw the glove as just a stage prop, and the other question many had was, “why just one glove?” It turns out the glove served more than just a way to show of Michael’s love for glitz and glitter. According to Jackson family friend, actress Cicely Tyson told CNN anchor Don Lemon that she and Michael used to share the same clothing designer in the 80’s. This particular designer made the first sequined glove (hand sewn with over a thousand sequins) that Michael wore. The glove was actually created to cover Michael’s vitiligo, a skin disease that causes the person to lose skin pigment in large patches all over their body. When Michael’s skin condition was first diagnosed in the early 80’s, it had initially appeared on his left hand. Over the last two and a half decades, MJ’s single white glove has taken on iconic status much like the man himself, it is a surprising twist to discover that in its origin was a simpler and more basic purpose.

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