Custom Shop: White Top Rhodes

Custom White Rhodes

Custom White Rhodes

This Rhodes is the story of “if you’re going to do something, do it right”–the first time. 

(Before)

For some, owning a nearly one-of-a-kind vintage instrument just isn’t enough. We understand, and encourage self indulging in the custom modifications of your dreams and our shop is here to help you do it the right way.

Unfortunately the previous owner didn’t subscribe to this doctrine. It was previously spray painted white–tolex and all–with little protection blocking the paint from the cheek blocks and even the aluminum harp bracket supports!

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Here are some of the ‘before’ shots:
(Before)

(Before)

 

(Before)--Standing on three legs...

(Before)--Standing on three legs...

(Before)--Standing on three legs...

(Before)--Standing on three legs...

(Before)

(Before)

(Before) Case

(Before) Case

So let’s talk about the conversion…

After discussing the options with the customer, we decided that the White top was a great look–especially under the colorful stage lighting–but needed to be done professionally rather than with a simple bottle of spray paint from a hobby store.

We also settled on a gorgeous black western tolex for the job.

Black Western Tolex

Black Western Tolex

Black Western Tolex

Black Western Tolex

 

At this point you may have noticed te gaping burnt hole on the corner of the case. According to the previous owner, a candle had melted through the top of the wood case and the wax even melted some of the Rhodes’ lid. Our speculation was that it must have been a kerosene lamp that exploded more like a molotov cocktail!

Here's the hole.

Here's the hole.

More of the hole.

More of the hole.

Patching the hole.

Patching the hole.

The hole was patched with a wood filler and a metal plate for reinforced strength since this Rhodes will be touring the country. The melted lid of the Rhodes was buffed out to a smooth finish before its new facelift.

So here’s how it turned out:
(after)

(After)

(After)

(After)

Black Western Tolex

Black Western Tolex

Rhodes Back

Rhodes Back

Rhodes Side

Rhodes Side

Custom White Top Rhodes

Custom White Top Rhodes

Custom White Top Rhodes

Custom White Top Rhodes

And we promise you that she sounds even better than she looks! To follow more of the interesting jobs that come into our workshop, “like” our page on facebook. There, you can stay in touch and up to date with the more rare and interesting jobs that we are working on day-to-day.

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