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This is one of the more frequently asked questions of our workshop when pianos are brought in for restoration or repair.Luckily, dating a Rhodes is extremely simple and can usually be determined within the precise week that it was ‘born.’ If you lift up the vinyl lid of your Rhodes you will find that there is a four digit stamp (red, blue, or black depending on the year) that will tell you what week of what year your Rhodes is from.Neither the date nor the value can be determined from the serial number.Fender’s amps, unlike their guitars, are not tracked by the serial number.
As you can see, the numbering scheme was consistent from the first Mark I in 1969, through the Mark II’s of the early ’80’s and on to the Mark V of 1984.
The type of face, grille cloth, type and number of speakers, type and number of knobs, etc.
only come into play when you’re trying to value the amplifier in the Blue Book for Guitar Amplifiers per the model description that is provided.
For more information about what makes each year different, check out our previous post, The Ultimate Rhodes Timeline, for more information about the characteristics of each era of production.
They are not of a concern with dating as only the 2 letter date codes on whichever chart or sticker and the transformer number comes into play for that....