Debussychopin wrote:Caked with his sweat?
He couldn't have just wiped it down every once in awhile? Orr you meant aged or deteriorated by his body sweat? Now that's more like it.
From R.E. Bruné's paper on Segovia's 1937 Hauser:
"Currently, the instrument is in less than ideal condition, and shows considerable evidence of the cavalier treatment it received in Segovia’s hands. There’s ample evidence of rough handling, including broken and missing tentellones around the top border, amateurish repairs, and little or no attempt to keep the varnish clean. It appears Segovia never wiped the instrument down; it’s caked with dried sweat."
It may be that to Segovia, the instrument was a tool for his artistic expression and mission to raise the guitar to a celebrated position on the stage of the world's concert halls. Think for a moment how it was not uncommon for flamenco guitars to be used until they wore out, then discarded and replaced.