Who's signatures are these?

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  1. PaulHamwijk

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    I have got a vintage Marshall cab with these signatures in it. Any idea who these might be?

    signatures - 1.jpg signatures - 2.jpg signatures - 3.jpg
     
  2. BygoneTones

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    Freddy Mercury, Michael Jackson, John Lennon. Wow!
     
  3. Ken Underwood

    Ken Underwood Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Does it really matter who they were, just guys working in the cabinet dept signing off there days work.

    If any of you see HB on one then shout, as that was my wife late cousin Harry Barnard.
     
  4. Matthews Guitars

    Matthews Guitars Well-Known Member

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    I've heard that many cabinets were signed by Jim Marshall as he personally covered a fair number of them.
    A friend of mine has an early transitional 2203 that was covered and signed by Jim Marshall.
     
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    It looks to be KYJ, Cut Here -> and FAG.
     
  7. Steve Smith

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    You may well be right. Jim never particularly liked being a "businessman" by all accounts. The lad who restored my JMP trained at Milton Keynes and said the great man was happiest getting his hands dirty on the shop floor tinkering around with the amp building process as one of the lads. What a guy :)
     
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    'Pat' would of been the original assembler. Nearly all carpenters/assemblers use a pencil. I think the others two ball point pen sigs are previous owners?
     
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    Oh, that was PAT.
     
  10. ampmadscientist

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    What was Pat's involvement in all of this?
    Was he a friend of Freddy Mercury?
     
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    Yes he was, Freddy's workstation was near the window. Michael had nothing to do with that department... he was on the tanoy system on the reception desk.
     
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    Pat....who doesn't use a pencil. Hmmmmmmmmmm........:hmm: I think this creates more questions than it answers.
     
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    No, Pat that DOES use a pencil! do read the post
     
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    On another note.... is that really a Marshall cab?

    Looks like solid wood bracing with nails (?) in it and butt joints
     
  15. Ken Underwood

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    Its not quite true that he covered cabinets, many signatures were fakes just for a laugh with the guys who made and covered, they had his signature off by heart.

    Jim, yes, liked getting his hands dirty by helping move cabinets around once they were finished but enjoyed better being a good business man which he certainly was.

    Its sad that he did not recognize the guy who put him there, RIP Dudley Craven
     
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    I'm thinking if a cab had a signature, (I haven't seen that many), it would usually be Jim's and most unlike the amplifiers which did have almost everyone involved in that particular unit.
     
  17. Ken Underwood

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    No that is not so, operatives were asked to sign cabinets after they were covered, not done every time though.

    As i said before, JM only signed the very odd one, for publicity reasons that it is, and some of the guys signed JM signature just for a laugh.

    That was common practice, after all JM had better things to do by making loads of dosh which he was very good at and only went into the cabinet shop when the chips were down.
     
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    Looks exactly the same when I’m trying to get the ink started in an old pen.

    I knew a guy that wrote his name inside every amp he ever owned. I know Marshall staff signed stuff for QC, but so many in one cab seems unlikely.
     
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    I still want to meet "Ron". He signed nearly every cab from the 70's that I owned.
    And I owned a ton of them.
    I only had one JM signature...a '71 basketweave.

    Thanks for the great job Ron! :)
     
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