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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Twang Deluxe, Jul 7, 2021.
For comparison, this is the Wurlitzer:
And the Hohner Pianet:
And in contrast to a purely electronic piano, the RMI:
The Fender Rhodes was huge in jazz for a spell.
And if you add an MXR Phase 90, it's the sound of Yacht-Rock.
I didn't know about the Fender / Lowrey connection .. I know that the Gibson G101 combo organ, used famously by Ray Manzarek of the Doors was made by Lowrey as well, CMI....I owned one for a few years...fairly scarce too..
Oh, I may have conflated the two. You're right. It was the Gibson organ made by Lowrey. CBS owned organ makers Gulbransen and Rodgers but I have no idea if they were involved with the Fender organ. I stand corrected.
Here, I found some info - http://www.combo-organ.com/Fender/fender.htm Apparently Fender made it themselves, with some bought-in parts.
Another oddity from that photo - it's from the 1969 catalog and shows unbound fretboards with dot inlays on the Electric XIIs, but in the 66-67 catalog they're bound with block inlays:
Rhodes? Always kinda thought so.
I saw Keith Jarrett with Miles Davis in Boston around 1970. He was playing a Fender Rhodes piano and a Fender organ set up at right angles to one another, each with a Vox wahwah. Just killing it.
It's a Wurlitzer here, but they're miming:
Thank you. Very cool.
That's interesting. Perhaps they still had some unused necks from the mid 60s with dots in the factory which they used in 1969
It's also possible they just grabbed instruments from their offices - it seems like most manufacturers have a room, "vault" or something like that with examples of their instruments on display - for the photo shoot based on the body color the photographer wanted for the scene instead of getting new items from the warehouse or final assembly.
Picture count in that catalogue: one Telecaster, eight banjos
At least there weren't any accordions. Unless the artist endorsement page counts...
I suspect that both these theories may contain some truth.
They had enough surplus Electric XII parts at the end of the 1960s that they took a bandsaw to them to create the Custom/Maverick:
That Bass V! I had a Led Zeppelin poster and JPJ Was rockin that (wonder what song?). Thanks for posting this. Had one from’70 or ‘71-2. Love the Mad Men vibe
The Fender Catalog that got me started, was the 1982, the first with the reissues.
Can't find a USA one online, but this gives you the flavor