Rhodes Mark V Stage Piano
Rent one of the rarest Rhodes pianos, a culmination of 20 years of Fender Factory knowledge into an ultimate piano.
Spain by Chick Corea
Check out this video to hear Chick playing this exact Rhodes Mark V for the Fender Rhodes documentary. It was great fun to take a nearly mint, untouched factory Rhodes and really go overboard to maximize its true potential. This rare Mark V has the largest potential for dynamic range you’ll find, due to its internal redesign by the Fender factory. You can’t possibly be disappointed in how much of a joy it is to play, with a vibrant and present tone.
Fully Restored, Far Better Than Factory Performance
Only a Few Thousand Made
Sounds Insanely Good
1984 Rhodes Mark V Stage Piano
Almost completely untouched in a home for 30 years, it’s since been touched by Chick Corea, Patrice Rushen and more from Down The Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story. The last model of Fender Rhodes pianos, the Mark V is the final evolution of the vintage Rhodes. A super clean sounding and perfectly performing piano with a smooth, even tone and action.
- Completely stock and original
- Mono 1/4″ output
- Complete with original stand, sustain pedal and rod, and travel lid
What we did
Action, Keys, Harp, Voicing, Electronics and more
The Rhodes Mark V is one of the most highly sought after Rhodes pianos, yet sometimes is misunderstood. In doing the documentary film and book on the Fender Rhodes, we had the opportunity to talk with CBS Fender Rhodes employees – namely Steve Woodyard and Mike Peterson – who were the core people that designed and implemented the Rhodes Mark V production. Many improvements and modifications to the design were made in this “last attempt” at making the best Rhodes piano.
Action and Keys
One of the biggest changes was a redesigned hammer curve, making the Mark V the instrument with the greatest potential for dynamic range – it can bark louder than them all when set up right. The lighter ABS case did reduce weight, a modular stand made set up easier, and a number of smaller improvements were introduced.
Removed keys from the case and cleaned the action bed entirely
Brushed the key pedestal felts clean and back rail felt
Tightened key bushings for guide rail and balance rail pins
Meticulously leveled the keys
Leveled the hammers, improving an equal hammer throw across the piano
Adjusted damper felts for tight note-offs
Harp: Voicing, Position, Tune
This Mark V came from a one-owner home who was not a gigging musician. You can immediately tell that this Rhodes barely saw any use. When I initially purchased it, I spent the next few months pouring myself over this piano, adjusting it time and time again to where the tone was remarkably even, the “bark” was prominent, and aligning everything with an exactness that it should have had from day one.
Escapement was correctly set for the instrument
The harp strike line was properly located – it wasn’t correct from the factory
Multiple voicing passes yielding a uniform tone and dynamic bark
Full tuning to equal temperament
Pickups are all in fantastic condition with no evidence of corrosion
There is no evidence of corrosion anywhere. Everything was meticulously cleaned, from the case lid to the sustain pedal, and the whole rig looks absolutely brand new. There is one blemish on the harp cover towards the right side, and only light marks on the lid and around the instrument consistent with a 37 year old Rhodes.
Polished original sustain pedal and original satin chrome Rodgers sustain rod
Sustain pedal is super mint: had its original feet and even the Heyco guide bushing for the rod which is almost always missing
All 6 butterfly latches on travel lid are working, unbent, and close correctly
Original stand still has its 4 locking pins to the underside of the piano
All harp cover side clamps are present to secure the lid
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