Man recounts making Super Bowl, other guitars, for Prince
Prince performs at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, on Feb. 4, 2007. (Chris Carlson / AP)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016 8:37AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, April 27, 2016 8:38AM EDT
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - A Washington state man who made more than two dozen custom guitars for Prince in the 1990s is recalling what that meant to his "little company" following Prince's sudden death last week.
Luthier Andy Beech of Bellingham says he started making guitars for the singer after moving to Los Angeles in the late 80's and meeting a bass technician who worked for Prince.
He made a total of 31 maple and mahogany guitars for Prince, including the symbol-shaped guitar Prince played during the halftime performance at the 2007 Super Bowl.
Beech says that most people in Prince's situation would take an endorsement deal and play one brand of guitar, but Prince wanted to find unique things.
Beech called the singer's death devastating and said to have someone at that level give him a chance was huge.