Here is a vintage 1963 Fender Rhodes Piano Bass electronic keyboard. This particular pre-CBS example, serial number B-0012, is in very excellent 100% all original condition, and features the incredibly attractive combination of both rough Brown Tolex and and a taupe-colored Desert Sand finish ream fiberglass top. A Rhodes Bass similar to this variant was actually simultaneously displayed with a Blonde Tolex/Fiesta Red top version in the 1963 Fender catalog, which suggests the two different aesthetically appointed versions coexisted for a brief period. Shortly thereafter, sometime during 1965, the Rhodes Piano Bass evolved into the eqaully rare Brown Tolex/Gold Sparkle Top, and shortly thereafter the more common Black tolex/Silver Sparkle top variety most famously used by Ray Manzerik of the Doors.
This example is extremely well-preserved, exhibiting only slight storage wear on the original Brown Tolex. The original “Dog Bone” hard plastic handle is perfectly intact, and the original skirted Fender amp knobs are as well. They keys are pristine with expected weather checking, and the lighter-colored Walnut trim is in beautiful shape. The original Raymac tone bars are level and void of oxidation, while the rest of the internal components are highly preserved.
This keyboard works perfectly, and is surprisingly in tune. It is not believed to have been serviced nor repaired at any point since purchased new, so this is a genuinely intact all original unmolested example.