A pair of 1980s Dean Markley Signature Series 120 and 1980s Bradshaw Switching System with 1980s Marshall JCM-800 1960A/B speaker cabinets, comprising:a lot
Lot 86
A pair of 1980s Dean Markley Signature Series 120 and 1980s Bradshaw Switching System with 1980s Marshall JCM-800 1960A/B speaker cabinets, comprising:a lot
Sold for US$ 4,880 inc. premium
Lot Details
A pair of 1980s Dean Markley Signature Series 120 and 1980s Bradshaw Switching System with 1980s Marshall JCM-800 1960A/B speaker cabinets,
Dean Markley Signature Series 120, serial numbers T120R-003 (top) and T120RM-181 (bottom), rack mount model with black face panel with seven rotary controls with chalk markings on the settings, one push switch, jack input, three rocker switches, handles on each side, top unit 240 V with UK plug, bottom unit 117 volts with US plug, in a gray Packhorse flight rack case with stickers; and Bradshaw switching system, housed in a 9U rack case with a drawer, five jack inputs, multi-core connector, toggle switch, rotary control and a wedge-shaped foot control unit with twelve selector buttons with individual pilot lights marked RATE, SPR-1, SPR-2, TSC, HARM, COMP, HM-2, PS-1, PS-2, PS-3, PS-4 and inscribed by hand in chalk, SPX Chorus, TC Chorus, TS Chorus etc., with wireless transmitters; two Marshall JCM 800 4x12 speaker cabinets (cabinets only - no speakers), 1960A (angled) Serial No. 25331, in black tolex, black grille cloth, in black flight case with THE DUCK BROS. stencil to the top and the number 7 to one end; 1960B (straight) Serial No. 13066 with CP flight case

NB This lot is sold without rack effects, cables and speaker drivers
(a lot)


  • In his interview with Dan Forte for Guitar Player magazine in 1985, Clapton commented that he was using a pedal board with a bank of presets built for him by an engineer that worked with Steve Lukather, namely, Bob Bradshaw. Lukather met Clapton as a part of the Los Angeles 'A Team' of studio musicians during the recording session there for the tracks to be included in the album Behind the Sun.

    Clapton's guitar technician explained to Dan Forte that it was a programmable foot switching system which would allow the user to pick out presets and punch them into the memory. He further commented that the units in the rack at the time consisted of an Ibanez Harmonics/Delay, a DBX 160 compressor, a model SDE-3000 Roland delay, a Dyno-My-Piano Tri Stereo Chorus, that had three choruses in one, a Boss CE-1 chorus, and a Boss Heavy Metal pedal that Clapton heard Lukather using and liked. He added that Clapton used 'a bit of chorus, the CE-1, and a dash of compression'.

    This Bradshaw system was in use until 1989 and was coupled variously with The Marshall amps (1985-c.87) in Lot 87, The Dual Showman amps (1988) in Lot 88, the Soldano amps (1988-89) in Lot 91 and the Dean Markley amps (1985-87) in this lot.

    During the period from 1984 to 1988, Clapton's amplifiers were usually placed off-stage in a position accessible to his guitar technician and only the Marshall speaker cabinets were visible on stage to the audience. However, on rare occasions when Clapton was guesting at other acts' concerts, the amplifiers were placed on stage and hence visible to the audience. However, the presence of the Bradshaw system was manifest on the ever-present foot-controller on stage. Either of the two foot-controllers in this lot could be spotted on stage at Clapton's foot during his Behind The Sun world tour and The Live Aid appearance (the foot controller and the rack case were both visible on stage) at the JFK Stadium in 1985, various Prince's Trust Rock Galas with George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Tina Turner during this period, his Royal Albert Hall residencies which originated in this period, Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley Stadium with Dire Straits and Clapton's 25th Anniversary tour of Japan with Elton John and Mark Knopfler in 1988.

    Photo: a) The screen capture shows Clapton on stage with Tina Turner performing Tearing Us Apart at the Prince's Trust Rock Gala, Wembley Arena, 20 July 1986. The Dean Markley amps in this lot are visible behind Clapton to his left. Original video courtesy of the Prince's Trust, screen capture by Saiichi Sugiyama
    Photo: b) The Bradshaw rack seen at stage wing where it was operated by Clapton's guitar technician, Edinburgh Playhouse, 27 February 1985. Photograph courtesy of Tom McCleary
    Photo: c) One of the Dean Markley amps in Lot 86 and of the Marshall JCM-800 amps in lot 87 set up on Clapton's guitar technician's work bench at stage wing from where they were operated. All that the audience saw was the Marshall speaker stack on stage. Yoyogi Olympic Pool, Tokyo, 5 – 6 October 1985. Photograph courtesy of Kohdai Miura/ Young Guitar Magazine/Shinko Music Ent. Co. Ltd

    Further background information about this lot is available by using the condition report facility at www.bonhams.com or by contacting the department.
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