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Goya and Levin Guitar Owners

A group for those of us who own and appreciate or don't own and just appreciate Goya and Levin Guitars made in Goteborg Sweden for over 70 years!

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The early 1960s minor hit for Gene Pitney: "If I Didn't Have A Dime".  Remember it?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-4PzVp_yK8The reason I'm…Continue

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Anyone interested? 1966 LM-26 7 Replies

Don't want to get into trouble here, but trying to avoid eBay, so if I've made a mistake please just say and I'll remove the postI'd like to move my guy on to someone that will love him and use…Continue

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1966 Levin LM-26 5 Replies

I posted quite some time ago about my Levin and had mentioned I was going to do a little work on him, without ruining his story (IE - trying to make him all original and instead leave the alterations…Continue

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Goya GG174 13 Replies

Hi All, first post here. I can't believe I found a forum just for Goya guitars! I've got a GG174 made in 1970. It's in really good shape but needs a neck reset. I'd like to here about anyone else who…Continue

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Comment by Mike Raeburn 19 hours ago

Hi Ted, I have a Goya G-312 similarly made in Korea. I bought it out of curiosity really to see what the final iteration of the Levin/Goya line was like. Death of an iconic brand! So far as I can see they just copied the original Levin design but with laminates instead of solid woods. I'm pretty sure the top is laminated as well but it is difficult to say, might just be solid. Martin would not care much either way I would think, probably kept the European Spruce tops for themselves. Anyway, despite this it actually sounds not bad, not quite up to the LN-26 or LT-18 standard but not far off it. A decent set of Elixirs helps as well. Not being an expensive guitar I have no qualms about taking it out to the pub or anywhere else that may not be too 'guitar safe' for sessions.

The video of your 12 string is doing it no favours though, any chance you can post one of it being played properly?

As for your new F-11 (sounds like it should be a jet fighter!) is the top part of the lower pick guard missing? If so it must have been like that for a while as there is no colour difference in the top. As you know I am not a great fan of pick guards and the effect they have on tone. What do you intend to do with this one?

Can you have too many guitars?

Comment by Ted Hechtman yesterday

My new F11. Hoping for the best.   

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Comment by Ted Hechtman on June 18, 2014 at 11:25am

This is from the Goya/Martin 1976 - 1977 Catalog.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on June 17, 2014 at 3:56pm

Comment by Ted Hechtman on June 17, 2014 at 3:56pm

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Comment by Ted Hechtman on June 17, 2014 at 3:55pm

So I bought the guitar in the video down there by accident. By that I mean that I saw it on Ebay and wondered how much people thought it would be worth being a not really Goya. So I put up 75 bucks. And no one else put up any more than that. Now I'm guessing it was because the listing said that there was a bridge pin broken and stuck in the bridge. Maybe. I got it. It arrived today and it took me ten minutes to drill the thing out. The strings were really old and dirty and I put a set of Martin 12's 10 on the high E. Before that I oiled the fret board and cleaned out the inside and waxed the whole thing. It sounds really great. Now I don't want you to think I'm getting carried away. You know I have too many guitar (I suppose that's true). I have three other 12's. An EKO. A Guild and a real Swedish Goya. This equals them. Even challenges the Guild. I believe it is a solid top. I did that oil the inside of the soundhole thing and it seems that grain is very visible. So this quite a guitar. It isn't really a Goya buy it does no disrespect to the name.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on June 10, 2014 at 8:05pm

Comment by Ted Hechtman on June 10, 2014 at 7:59pm

 

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