There has been a ton of posts about Prince’s guitar solo in the live video of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The Telecaster he is playing in that video is not actually a Fender Telecaster. It is a Hohner MadCat, a tele knock-off. Prince was known for his flamboyant style, and that included most of his custom-made guitars he performed with. However, this Hohner guitar and its simplicity was his most often guitar-of-choice since the early 1980s. I think it was a testament to his musicianship. This guitar felt right to him even though it was simple, and even though it was a knock-off. Hohner was never known for their guitars. They’re known for their harmonicas and the Clavinet keyboard (a signature sound of 1970’s funk, i.e. Stevie Wonder). My first electric guitar was a Hohner, and a few years ago I purchased another Hohner electric guitar. They are both well-made instruments.
Even though I loved many of his songs, I never considered myself a huge Prince fan. But I always felt a kinship to him as a fellow Hohner player, and for the way his fearless guitar playing influenced my own guitar solos ever since I was 18 years old. I absolutely hate to see musicians die, and it has been a rough year so far. In Prince, we’ve lost a hell of an all-round musician, performer, and a great, truly great guitar player.