Re: NGD ! S experts wanted !
Oh, now I get it. That explains why the grain doesn't look at all like mahogany, which all S's are.
You're correct that according to the US catalog the FM's had dot inlays and the solid colors had ovals, but there were a lot of inconsistencies during those years as far as what was shown in the catalogs and what they actually sold. Plus there's lots of variation between what was sold in Europe vs the US.
Probably only one way to find out what's under there (peel and pray), but I kind of like the way it looks now.