The tops came from a boat manufacturer who supplied whatever color happened to be available; consequently a number of different colored piano basses went into production.Rhodes stayed with the company, and released the first Fender Rhodes piano, a 73 note model.A pickup sits opposite the tine, picking up its vibrations and inducing an electric current in a similar manner to an electric guitar.The instrument's sound has been frequently compared with the Wurlitzer electric piano, which uses a similar technology, but with the hammers striking metal reeds.
Compared to the new polyphonic synthesizers being marketed at the same time, it was limited in scope and sound, and very few units were sold.
Although Harold Rhodes died in 2000, the instrument has since been reissued, and his teaching methods are still in use.
The touch and action of the keyboard is designed to be as close to a piano as possible.
By connecting the output of a network of student models, the teacher could listen to each student in isolation on the instructor model, and send an audio backing track to them.
This allowed the teacher to monitor individual students' progress.