Fender Rhodes Hammer Tip Kit
Instructions & Guides
Vintage Vibe Vintage Series hammer tip kits make it easy to restore both the sound quality and playability of your Fender Rhodes. Our hammer tips have been engineered with exacting attention to detail and meticulously tested, ensuring unrivaled durability, maximum playability, and improved tone.
Our felt hammer tip kits include a set of tips, glue, felt hardener, an application brush and instructions. The hardener allows you to customize the hardness of the tips for optimal tone.
Neoprene hammer tips come in graduated, square, and angled styles.
Kits include the tips and super glue.
"Red" section tips in the Square (Black) kits will be Red (Color)
Sound Examples• Graduated Hammer Tips - Example #1 (Vintage Vibe Passive Piano)
• Square Hammer Tips - Example #1 (1974 Fender Rhodes 88 Key 5 Pin Suitcase Piano)
• Square Hammer Tips - Example #1 (1974 Fender Rhodes 73 Key Stage Piano)
• Felt Hammer Tips - Example #1 (1973 Fender Rhodes 73 Stage Piano)
• Felt Hammer Tips - Example #2 (1973 Fender Rhodes 73 Stage Piano)
Instructions & Guides
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Please Note: You will find that the White tips in the Color Hammer Tip kits are a mix of both White (Color) and White (Black) tips. The installation order is White tips then the Black tips as follows:
73 Note: - 47-50 White; 51-55 Black
88 Note: - 54-57 White; 58-62 Black
6 Zone Hammer Tips:
Felt Hammer Tips:
The felt included in this kit comes with 4 different stock densities, from soft in the bass to firmer in the treble. The bags are labeled Bass (1-26), Mid (27-25), Treble (46-65) and Woodcore (66-73). In order to achieve a proper attack in the upper ranges, you will need to harden the felt even more. This is where the felt hardener comes in to play.
Experiment without hardener first. You will see that the upper notes lack the attack you are used to hearing or are looking for. You will want to add more hardener to the treble than to the mid section. Always do one application at a time and then test to see and hear how you are doing. Make sure you have your amplifier set up to how you normally play.
From the included bottle, pour a capful in the lid. For the first application use your brush to apply a generous coat on to the mid and treble felts (so that they are damp). Do not apply to the bass felts or the wood core. Let dry for a few hours then test. Repeat as necessary. We typically do 3 applications on the treble felts and 2-3 on the mids. Since tone is subjective, you may want more or less.
Orientation of the felts is important. The felts are 3/8" x 3/8" x 5/16". Place felts with the 3/8" side facing up and the other 3/8 side will be the side you glue to the hammer.
How to Install Hammer Tips
Fender Rhodes Full Refurb Kit Installation
How Vintage Vibe Woodcore Hammer Tips Are Made
I have a Piano Bass that needs new hammer tips. How should I proceed?
A bass piano utilizes the same hammer tips as the lower register of a Rhodes 73-key piano. That does not mean, however, that you should treat your instrument like other Rhodes pianos. A piano bass is intended, after all, to serve as the bass instrument in an ensemble. The type of bass tone you wish to achieve determines the tip configuration you should choose.
Our felt hammer tips are wonderful for a warm, wooly bass tone. At the opposite end of the spectrum, our graduated tips are our firmest tips and offer a sharper attack, which may or may not be desirable as a bass sound. We also offer square and angled neoprene tips that represent middle ground options, with a rounder attack than graduated tips and cleaner articulation than felt tips.
Another important factor that shapes the tone of your piano bass is how the strike line is set. Remember that the instrument was created to mimic a bass guitar. By offsetting slightly from the traditional optimal strike line, you can generate a tone more consistent with that of an actual bass.
I have a 54 Key Rhodes Piano. Where and how do I put on hammer tips?
We only sell kits in 73 and 88 note because they are the most common pianos found. In regards to hammer tips, it will be nice for you to have extra hammer tips left over for the future. The 54 note piano starts on C3 and goes to F6 on an 88 note scale or C1 to F6 on a 73 note scale. You can see the scale under our placement tab.