Pure as the driven snow she was, then seemingly out of nowhere these three black marks appeared along the upper edges. They're much more obvious in real life than in the picture. In all likelihood, it's dye from a black leather strap that bled into the lacquer while the strap was hanging over the bouts. Either that or unbeknownst to me the guitar did a stint in prison and got a tattoo tear for each of three other prisoners it offed. I gotta admit, it comes as no surprise to me that this thing is a killer. Any viable strategies short of doing a lot of re-spraying for wiping out these marks? The finish is Minwax clear nitro over Duplicolor acrylic lacquer.