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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!

Members: 71
Latest Activity: 9 hours ago

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Goya TS-4 1964 Vintage 7 Replies

Just joined group so I thought  this might be of interest. I was recently looking for an inexpensive 12 string and was close to buying an Epiphone but the seller didn't return my call. So I checked…Continue

Started by jack stepick. Last reply by Rob Griffiths 9 hours ago.

RENT A GOYA URGENT 3 Replies

Hello My name is Erin Finnegan and I am a Prop master for a theatre in Fort Worth. We are doing The Sound of Music. I know this sounds like an odd question, but do any of you know of any place or…Continue

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Started by Erin Finnegan. Last reply by Rob Griffiths on Sunday.

RENT A GOYA

Hello My name is Erin Finnegan and I am a Prop master for a theatre in Fort Worth. We are doing The Sound of Music. I know this sounds like an odd question, but do any of you know of any place or…Continue

Tags: help, rent, goya

Started by Erin Finnegan Aug 28.

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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

Started by norman druker. Last reply by Ben Hershman Jun 27.

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Comment by Mike Raeburn 23 hours ago

Hi Jim, I have heard of these as well, although I have never seen one. Given the known quality issues Martin were having around this time the chances are the LD-18s were superior to the D-18s made at that time. I am speaking as an owner of both Levin and Martin guitars, so no brand bias! (Still got too many guitars, not enough talent.)

Comment by Jim Yates yesterday

I am also posting this on the Martin page.  I have just discovered that about 200 D-18s (labeled LD-18) were made in Gothenburg, Sweden right after Martin bought the Levin company.  Has anyone seen one of these?  Are they of the same quality as American D-18s?
http://www.vintage-guitars.se/Levin/Levin_1978_Martin_LD-18_563941.htm

Comment by Mike Raeburn on Monday

There is a new film out about Levin Guitars. You can find it via the following link.

 www.anakronfilm.se

I have just asked them to send me a copy. Unfortunately it is Region 0 so unless they are willing to produce a region free copy it may be difficult for some folks to play it.

You can see the trailer on YouTube via this link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB2FcFmn3qQ

Comment by Mike Raeburn on Sunday

You can find LaBella at

http://www.labella.com/

Try a set, especially if you play fingerstyle.

Comment by Joe Allen on August 18, 2014 at 9:47am

I got an offer to buy a GS335S made in Korea. Perfect shape with case for my Epiphone PR-650 ASB slope shoulder made in Japan and I give up boot. What does somebody think of these guitars? I have no knowledge of the Goya line. I have had the Epi a while and it is very nice for the age,  A lot of great people here AG community so thanks in advance for the help!

Comment by Mike Raeburn on August 7, 2014 at 3:40pm

LaBella make silk and steel strings, the wound strings have a steel core, then a layer of silk, then the wrap wire on top of that. I used them for years but they did not last long and got difficult to source. Nice tone though and very easy to play.

Comment by Jim Yates on August 7, 2014 at 2:59pm

Silk & Steel? 

Comment by Ted Hechtman on August 7, 2014 at 9:05am

Oh...the F-11 arrived. Great shape for a guitar made in 1963.  51 years old and it is in great shape for that age. Still have classical strings on it but will move to what are called "folk" strings soon. Mike....that is the way the pickguard was made for that guitar. It is fun to play and a great size also.

Comment by Mike Raeburn on July 30, 2014 at 3:37am

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 on July 29, 2014 at 9:22pm

My new F11. Hoping for the best.   

 

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