Man, this forum is great. Mando-wonks, for sure. And as if I need another excuse to multi-task at work. So the Leland/L+H connection to my "Ditson" seems the consensus, Vega similarities nothwithstanding?
Last clue: on neck end (inside body) is the number stamped 18508.
Any suggestions of what to do with the finish? It seemed like someone had tried to strip it off. I took off the remainder on the top (only a little beneath the strings) and lemon-oiled the spruce(?). The finish is there on about 3/4 of the Rosewood back. Nothing on the mahogany neck.
Thanks for all the help. Someday, I hope to think I might have been around the forum long enough to offer some advice in return.
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