Do any of you know if there is a conversion table between the two brand names ? I understand that the Goya name was used in the US for marketing reasons, thus assuming that the same guitars were sold under different names ?
I have a friend who owns a Levin LM-26 from the late '60s. It is the same guitar as my 1958 Goya M-26 with the exceptin of the Levin decal where mine has a Goya. Mine even has the Ldevin crest as a truss rod cover.
My mistake. Jude's guitar is late 50s, not late 60s.
In general, the Goyas named G-XX had a Levin sister named LG-XX, but there were exceptions.
As example of exception the G-30 (later called GG-30) in Levin naming was model 111.
I asked a former Levin executive about some of the naming and got the picture that there were differrent levels of logic to it. The first series of Goya steelstringed guitars were named S-14, S-16, S-18, etc. It is logical that the S- were for "Steel". Later on in the 60:s the models were modified and renamed to T-14, T-16, T-18, etc. I asked "Why T?"....
The executive smiled and asked "What comes after S?"....:)
I cannot explain why the sunburst were named M-XX, but in the same logic as above, the succeding models in the mid 60:s were named N-XX.
The Levin versions of all these models were LS-XX, LT-XX, LM-XX, LN-XX.
The best source of info is Vintage-Guitars in Stockholm.
Thanks Magnus. I assume there is no Goya equivalent to my Levin W36 as this would have been sold by Martin as the D-18 in the US. Seems like there are a few bargains to be made on the Goyas, though.
Although I know that the Goya M-26 and the Levin LM-26 were essentially the same guitar with different decals, I'm unaware of a conversion chart. Take a look at this (largely inactive) site: http://goyaguitars.tripod.com/index1.htm#home