I have a battered Levin LM-26. On looking at two sites for identifying the year it appears to have been made in 1945 but I believe these guitars were introduced in the late 1950's. the serial number is 159414 and is printed on the inside of the guitar on the upper right-hand bout. Does anyone out there have any ideas about when this guitar could have been made? I am hoping to get this one restored sometime. It sounds great even though it's battered.
My first guitar, bought second hand for $75 circa 1960 was a Goya M-26. I sold it in the mid-sixties and soon regreted it. About ten years ago I found another 1958 M-26 in Toronto. It was more than $25, but still quite reasonable. I love this guitar even though it is probably my least valuable guitar. While the headstock and label say Goya, the truss rod cover says Levin.
When did the position markers move from the centre of the board to the bass side of the board?
The M-26 with centre positioned markers was discontinued in 1963 and replaced by the N-26 with off-centered markers in 1964. The N-26 was replaced by model 163 in 1969, still with offcentered markers but with a new headstock shape, new pickguard and slightly modified bracing.
I have a Levin LT18 with the number 3854 stamped on the headstock. That number I am assured is from 1905(!) but the model is a late 1960's (probably 1967) with the offset finger markers on the fretboard. I saw something here about strange things happening in the factory but can anyone five me a plausible explanation as to what may have heppened?