[sdiy] [OT] Fender Rhodes Pickup Wiring

Michael E Caloroso mec.forumreader at gmail.com
Sat May 14 03:51:56 CEST 2016

As far as noisy Rhodes go, they are sensitive to impedances of inputs.
Too many preamps and DI boxes do not have high enough impedance.  I
got the best tone using a Countryman Type 10 DI box which has an input
impedance of 10M, and the noise dropped way down.

Definitely use the later wiring for pickups.


On 5/12/16, Michael Zacherl <sdiy-mz01 at blauwurf.info> wrote:
> Hi, I just found that I know little to nothing about pick-ups as used on
> guitars and in e-Pianos.
> I dug through some papers and found the wiring scheme for a Fender Rhodes
> 73.
> On the bottom of page 27 of this PDF
> http://www.synthfool.com/docs/Other_Misc/Rhodes_Servicemanual.pdf (Thanks
> Kevin! R.I.P.)
> it says
> "Later, basic voltage output was quadrupled by changing the series/parallel
> arrangement as shown in Figure 10-4.
> This change can be made on any of the older Pianos simply by re-routing the
> bus wires as shown in Figure 10-5. The output impedance then becomes
> approximately 2500 ohms.”
> Looking more closely to the change (I’d love to see betters scans, sorry!)
> http://www.fenderrhodes.com/org/manual/fig10-3.gif
> http://www.fenderrhodes.com/org/manual/fig10-4.gif
> I wonder how the summed up output voltage gets this 4x increase?
> Also what are the pros/cons of wiring those coils in parallel and/or serial
> configuration?
> I did some experiments with the guts of an abandoned Rhodes and found the
> levels very low and the whole thing very noisy.
> BTW, one pick-up has a DC resistance of about 175Ω.
> If I could rewire the pickups completely, what would you recommend?
> Thanks, Michael.
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