Idly looking at facebook on my phone one Sunday afternoon, I see my cousin is having a clearout and asking if anybody wants an old guitar:
Luckily I saw it and staked my claim before he gave it away, because there's a story behind this. Originally my uncle's, it was bought by my grandfather in 1963 when he worked in Washington DC. He travelled a lot with his work to South and Central America, and decided rather than flying down on his own as he usually did, he'd make a family roadtrip from Washington all the way down to Mexico City. My uncle (who must have been about 14 at the time) wanted a guitar and one of my grandfather's colleagues in Mexico suggested a local guitar shop - on the basis of the skills of the luthiers there I understand. Anyway, they came away with this:
I have no idea what it's made of, but the back and sides are light in colour. The neck is a massive baseball bat (no truss rod) but the body feels quite lightly braced.
It has suffered a crack in the heel at some point, which looks like it's spread to a split in the sides (both sides of the heel):
My uncle took it Andy's Guitar Workshop in London to fix the crack, I think it's reasonably stable now (I hope, anyway). The case is a bit musty and could do with a Shake & Vac, but the original receipt is in the case:
It's in a good playable condition, maybe only needing a scrape of the fingerboard, a polish of the frets and a set of new strings. I've never had a nylon-string guitar before, so any advice appreciated!