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This baby is my pride and joy...
A concert guitar hand made by Philip Woodfield (England) in 1993 with Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back and sides, and Maple trim. It was previously owned by Faroud Hauek (I'm probably butchering the spelling of his name), who has played with Sting, among others.
It has an incredibly sweet sound that comes from being "played in" by such an accomplished player. When guitars are new, it takes time for the grain of the wood to expand from the vibrations of being played and yield its full potential. (Cedar tops open up faster than Spruce, BTW.) A used guitar will very often sound much better than a brand new one of "equal" quality. This applies to other wood-bodied instruments such as violins, as well.
This particular guitar is a Torres model, meaning it has a relatively more compact body, although its loud sound belies its size. It's also a 650mm scale length, which amounts to about a 1/2" shorter neck than "full size". Although this doesn't sound like much, it can have an immense effect on the playability of a guitar, esepcially if you have small hands or carpal tunnel problems, like I do.
For years, 664mm was considered standard, but today 650 is widely accepted. Another factor in the popularity of the smaller scale is the fact that 19th century guitars were considerably smaller than standard size guitars today. Much of the music written during that period requires left-hand finger reaches that are impossible on 664mm guitars unless you happen to have incredibly large hands (like Elliot Fisk, for example).
I also have one of these nifty travel guitars from Soloette.