53 Deluxe who's signature is this?

OahuClay

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Looking for an expert amp historian who knows the old time signatures written on masking tape, who's signature is this in pic, built December of '53 near as I can tell, is a transition between 5C3 and 5D3 it appears due to first preamp tube being a 12AY7 instead of the 6SC7, been cleaning up someones Grandpa's amp ,amazingly it survived, had a 20 amp fuse in it and fortunately a bad power switch.It would be interesting to know the name of the person who soldered it up.
 

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Tough one. Many of the sigs I've seen were originally in blue ink and have distinctive 'shapes' (Lupe, Rachel, Esme). But 1953 is delightfully early: I don't know who the potential candidates were then.

I don't see any blue left -- if it was blue -- and I'm not sure the 'shape' I'm seeing is even the original sig -- at first I thought it was a line of dirt. I made an amateur attempt to pull up an image -- not super helpful, but FWIW (click to enlarge):

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That signature is obviously in terrible shape. I am not familiar with the general ‘shape’ of that one. The longest signature I have seen in an old Fender amp is ‘Esmerelda’….but I cannot ‘see’ that in this much deteriorated example in this amp.
 

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Good point, @Wally. Esmerelda is a possibility there (I believe she also signed Esme in some cases). Was there a Tanya? Some longer name ending in 'a'? Does that signature actually end with an 'a'?

OK. Is there a list somewhere of the various assemblers / constructors? Maybe by year? With high-res examples of their signatures?

LOL, maybe with flying pigs to bring us a copy?

Seriously, unless you can do some x-ray diffraction, we may never know. OTOH, having the chunk of tape itself adds a lot. Nobody could fake an amp that old, but it's still cool.
 

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There was an Esperanza, sometimes she signed Espy, but I’ve seen an Esperanza sig. Seems like her grandson or some other relative chimed in on a thread a while back…
 




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