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Offline spradders

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Crossover from Fender Rhodes to Rhodes - late 74
« on: June 19, 2019, 06:30:10 AM »
Hi,

My late '74 Mk1 Stage 73 has the 'Fender' Rhodes logo on the back, but the name rail logos and serial number plate are just Rhodes.
So I guess this was made just as 'Fender' was being dropped from the logos etc, but they were still using up stock of the main rear logo.
The Rhodes is original, been in a studio for its whole life.

Anyone else seen a similar Rhodes with the mix of logos with / without Fender?  The fenderrhodes site says "Sometime in 1974, CBS Musical Instruments decided to drop the Fender name from the Rhodes line of products".... well we can be pretty accurate about when that happened.

Mike.

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Re: Crossover from Fender Rhodes to Rhodes - late 74
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2019, 05:59:04 PM »
My '74 Stage (harp build date 23rd week of 1974; final build date 26th week of '74) has Fender-Rhodes logos on the name rail, the back, and the plate under the name rail volume and tone controls. But it has a Rhodes-only gold foil badge on the harp.

But the transition began a year earlier on the student models:  I had a '73 student model with a Rhodes-only name rail badge.

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Re: Crossover from Fender Rhodes to Rhodes - late 74
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2019, 03:07:53 AM »
Ah cool.  I like the look of the Fender logo ... but have kept my non-fender logos original.