It looks like the back has been removed and glued back at some point so I guess someone has re-glued some lose braces. Fingerboard width: 43 mm, scale length: 630 mm Serial numbers can be useful in determining the production year of a guitar or amplifier. This has been my main guitar for the past year and I’ve already tried a LR Baggs M1A, M80 and now a Lyrics.
We have to remember that Levin had produced 500,000 guitars by 1970, something that C. F. Martin & Co completed in 1990, so there are still quite a few lying around in peoples attics in Sweden. I got an old one, I think the older they are the more they vibrate, that I use on guitars that I buy that hasn’t been played for years. Levin LT-14 / Goya T-14 I reset the neck and cleaned it up and now it both sounds and plays great. The stamp on the right side is from Frälsningsarmén, The Salvation Army in Stockholm. Anyway, now I have a great backup acoustic for playing live and I was missing something in sunburst to match the Claescaster I put together four years ago.
Serial numbers * updated * Nagoya Suzuki - Nagoya Suzuki had the date stamped on the label from 1950-mid 1960s ... Nagoya Suzuki used 2 systems of serial numbers , the most common is the 1970-1980 6 digit serial number with the first 2 digits being the build year , and the last 4 being the build number ie 771234 would be 1977# 1234 Posts about Goya serial numbers written by claesgellerbrink. Having said that, 2016 has also been the most amazing year ever when it comes to me getting my hands on some mighty fine Levin guitars. The 3/4 size G-10 Goya's are very difficult to find.. How many G-10 3/4 size did they make? It’s also quite rare to see a Levin branded LT-18 for sale, I already have a Goya T-18 which is the same guitar but branded Goya for the US market and they tend to be a bit easier to come across. Nickel plated strip tuners with plastic buttons. It’s in pretty decent original shape for being 103 years old, no real damage to it. I will measure and shoot some pictures to post. You feel a bit honoured too, when someone offers you a guitar because they know you will restore it, take care of it, play it and cherish it for years to come. This guitar was made by Levin but does not have a Levin serial number. A great way to improve the tone of your acoustic guitar and to get it to open up is to use a normal air pump from a fish tank to give the top a massage.
Single-bound ebony fingerboard with with centred pearl dot inlay. The guitar plays really nicely and sounds great, really full and warm as could be expected of an all solid Swedish built guitar from the late 1950’s. Although a serial number is useful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date. I'm Shocked! Use this site for a pricing guide and source of information on all guitars. Brass frets, brass tuners, pyramid bridge, bridge pins and strap button with mother-of-pearl inlay. With support of the serial number decoder (guitar dater), tables and clues, the production year and location of the biggest known brands can be traced. For being one of Levin’s cheapest models I think it’s an amazing guitar and it looks stunning in it’s simplicity.
The Sigma sounds fantastic with the Lyrics so I decided to leave it there and buy a brand new one for the LT-18 instead. I had to do the normal work to it, reset the neck by sanding down the heel. Claes Anderson Band – Standing tall over the ones that have fallen, The Cavern Club, Terrassa 17th March 2017.
Most of the acoustic guitars during this period were handmade in Sweden by the Levin company. Serial number 123817, both of the Goya guitars are Birch that has been stained. They have an X-braced alpine spruce top with flame maple back and sides. These Goya guitars were made in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Levin Model 3 Parlour Made in Sweden 1914. I thought that was a little too old and. Spruce top with ladder bracing, birch back and sides The LR Baggs Lyrics sounds similar to the LR Baggs M80 but better, more natural and woody. To my ears the Levin LT-18 is the love child of a Gibson J-45 and a Martin D-28, it’s somewhere in between, a perfect mix and I just love them. It has had some repair work done to it, apparently by a luthier in Dublin about 10 years ago. The old Levin factory on Norra Larmgatan 4 in Gothenburg, Sweden, around 1920.
This Levin LT-18 was apparently owned by Brian Griffiths from The Big Three, a Liverpool band that was active during the days of The Beatles. But an incomplete registrations and illogical serial numbers is its history often unclear. When I sold the Levin Model 65 back in December I promised myself to find another Levin parlour, but older, and nicer. WOW! The G-10 was purchased new at Ray Lammers Music in Cincinnati, Ohio (now defunct) in the early 1960's. The Goya brand went to Martin Guitars in 1974, the year they acquired Levin, and lasted until 1996. I always thought that the G-10 had a slimmer neck than other Goya classicals. I will have to carve a new bridge in ebony, to match the fretboard, and cut a slot for a real bone saddle. The serial number is 16C602. Older than we thought! i have a Goya F-11 #134927………can anyone tell me the year? I see that Mike had one and sold it, any others?
[Source: Goyaguitars] Levin/Goya information pages Sweden. Levin LM-26 / Goya M-26 This one from 1968 is pushing it a bit, I thought it was from 1967 until I got it home and could check the serial number properly. Perhaps it’s just this guitar, or the year, or the wood, it’s impossible to know without trying ten others. I did, it took 10 days. I also don’t like the look of a rosewood bridge to a ebony fretboard, they should match.
Guitars are meant to be used and played, even vintage ones, so in a way I would be happy to take any of my Levin’s out of the house. My previous one was built in 1958/59 and feels a bit fragile, it is also in a pretty good state for taking out gigging.
Anyone else have one? The action was so high that I couldn’t even get it in tune properly, the intonation was way off. The only difference sound vice that I’ve noticed between the LS-18 and the LT-18, both of them have flamed maple back and sides, is that the LS-18 seems a bit deeper in the bass. The full sized Levin guitars don’t come up for sale that often, especially not in Sweden or Germany where people seem to keep them until they die.
Unbound walnut fingerboard with mother-of-pearl dot inlay I guess the more you play them, the better they sound. It’s the smallest of the 1960’s Levin guitars and is roughly like a Martin 00 in size.
I too have a Goya G-10 and a Goya G-10 3/4. The '58 catalog is wrong on the back/side wood. The Goliath sized Levin collection so far: Levin LS-18 (1960), Levin LT-18 (1963), Levin LT-18 (1966), Levin LT-18 (1968), Goya T-18 (1966), Goya T-23 (1966). The guitar has been used playing anything from jazz, Mississippi blues to Celtic folk and now country, read Ian’s guitar history. The Levin LS-18 was introduced in 1958 and replaced by the LT-18 in 1964. I’m not sure why there aren’t more of these around in Europe, perhaps people refuse to sell them or they all got badged like Goya S-18 and shipped off to USA. It’s the first time I get a 50 years old guitar home and I have to do nothing to it. It has been an extremely good Christmas, not only did I manage to find a 1979 Fender Stratocaster, I also received a little Levin LT-14 from 1965.
This is my 10th Levin, or 11th if you count a Levin LS-16 that I have waiting for me in Sweden. They aren’t that easy to come by so I have pretty much bought every Levin LT-18 I got my hands on. Copyright 2007-19 P Carroll Jedistar | All Rights Reserved | GAS: Guitar Acquisition Syndrome, Galaxy guitars 2 makes from USA and Canada. However, since the guitar was made in 1968 he must have bought it long after the Liverpool glory days were over. Here you can compare the LR Baggs M1A, M80 and Lyrics fitted in the same guitar, a 1968 Levin LT-18. I’ve also had a lot less feedback issues with the Lyrics, the M80 has been a nightmare with a full band on stage. I assume a lot of songs about Jesus has been played on this guitar over the years. In the end of March, about 2-3 weeks after I bought the 1963 Levin LM-26, I was offered a 1959 Levin LM-26 that I couldn’t resist, even though I already had one from that year.
“Goya” guitars brand started in 1954 by the Hershman Musical Instrument Company of New York (Goya Guitars Inc.).eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'jedistar_com-box-3','ezslot_2',116,'0','0'])); Distribution went to Kustom Electronics Inc. in 1970 and then to Dude Inc. (both of Chanute, Kansas) in late 1972.
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