(Re)Finding My First Guitar

This weekend, I was rummaging around the storage lockup under our house, and I came across my very first guitar stashed under some boxes and other debris.

It was an old Som D'Ouro classical guitar that I got back when I was about 15.  My high school guitar teacher, Ms. Dunlop, picked this one out for me, and I have played it and loved it for all of my life since then (over 30 years!). 

Sadly, a few years ago, the bridge came off it, and I put it away in storage intending to fix it 'one day'.  Well, it had been sitting underneath stuff and exposed to dampness and dust for years, so when I found it again, it was in a very sad condition. 

The top of the guitar seems to have swollen and split, and I think I can hear some braces rattling around under the top too, so I don't think it will ever be playable again.  I decided to give it a bit of spit and polish to see how it cleaned up. 

(Note: Virtuoso Cleaner and Polish really is wonderful stuff.  I wish I had taken some 'before' pictures).