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Fender Rhodes Electric Piano

Fender Rhodes Electric Piano

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Description (Brief)

This electric piano was made by the Fender Rhodes Company in Fullerton, California around 1971-1973. It is a Mark I stage piano, which was produced from 1969-1975. This piano is serial number 24761, and has a compass of 6ix octaves, Rhodes action, with hammers facing the keyboard, metal bars with resonator bars and coils to turn vibrations into electrical charges, rubber pads on plastic shank hammers, 2 hand stops: tone regulator and volume regulator, wood frame, an imitation leather-covered wood case, and a folding metal base.

This piano features the following patents:

U. S. Patent #2972922, dated February 28, 1961 by Harold B. Rhodes for an electrical musical instrument in the nature of a piano.

U. S. Patent #3270608, dated September 6, 1966 by Harold B. Rhodes for a piano action.

U. S. Design Patent #200439, dated February 23, 1965 by Harold B. Rhodes for an electric piano.

U.S. Design Patent #200440, dated February 23, 1965 by Harold B. Rhodes for an electric piano.

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Object Name
date made
Fender Rhodes Company
Place Made
United States: California, Fullerton
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 24 in x 48 in x 12 in; 60.96 cm x 121.92 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of John E. Hasse
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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You can identify exactly what week it was built by looking at the large 4 digit number stamped in red, blue or black ink in the upper right corner behind the pickups WWYY, so 1379 would be the 13th week of 1979 and so on.

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