Well I've got something to show you this week, rather than a long discussion. Here's the Marchis that's from Flat Eric's Blogger page:
This looks almost exactly like East Bay Ray's Marchis from the Dead Kennedys. Natural finish, natural neck. Did they really come from the factory this way?
Now here's a Marchis from Carl, another owner.
This Marchis is obviously a much earlier Les Paul example. What's striking is the simple black neck. Carl says that the original scratchplate was black, too. Notice that the later version has an applied badge plate screwed on, while the earlier version appears to have been attached as simple label. But the script is identical.
So here are two examples of this rare guitar. Do you have one? Is it similar or different than these examples? Let me know!