Here’s the latest from our Custom Shop: The Lunar Rhodes. Inspired by the white washed look of his Moog Voyager from the limited edition Lunar series, our client wished to recreate the look on his 1972 Fender Rhodes by replacing the cheek blocks and a new ivory tolex finish.
…Here you have it! The Lunar Rhodes:
Before we take a closer look at the woodwork let’s take a look at the MiniMoog Lunar Voyager that inspired it all:
The original plastic cheek blocks are one of our least favorite cosmetic parts of the instrument so we were excited to venture into new territory and replace them with gorgeous solid oak to match the Lunar Moog. Plastic just seems to take away from the more organic nature of a Rhodes and somewhat undermine the craftsmanship that goes into an electro-mechanical instrument. In our opinion, plastic should be used as sparingly as possible on any musical instrument.
In order to achieve the lunar effect we used white washed oak in order to match the pronounced grain and color of the lunar Moog. The wood was then cut down to the exact dimensions of the plastic cheek block then routed with the appropriate edge.
(–We were lucky enough to work outside on our warehouse’s rear patio on this gorgeous August afternoon.)
And after receiving their white wash finish they were ready to be dropped into the Rhodes:
And we almost forgot to mention the ivory tolex that was paired with the lunar cheek blocks…
–More customization on the lid will be done on a future date so stay tuned!