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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: 77
Latest Activity: Aug 9

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Levin Goliath 9 Replies

My guitar is 1962 vintage, with a serial number 427008. It does not have the original machine heads and I would like to replace them with something more in keeping. Does anyone have any suggestions…Continue

Started by David Taylor. Last reply by Mel Green Aug 9.

Just bought my 1st Levin! LS-18 3 Replies

Hey folks,I've just bought my first Levin, a 1964 LS-18. It was at a 2nd hand music shop about 1000 miles away from me - but I know the owner so have made a plan. Below is what I know about this…Continue

Started by Aden Hinds. Last reply by Andrew Perry Aug 1.

Levin Archtops 1 Reply

Hi everyone,lately,I've gotten into acoustic Archtop guitars,I bought a Levin Model number 27 recently,in really good condition considering its age,does anyone here own and play one of these…Continue

Started by Iain Brennan. Last reply by Jacob Ullberger Apr 17.

N26 Alert 1 Reply

Hi Friends...There's a nice looking mid-60's Goya ready for the taking. Priced at or below value.I'm out of the race but I thought I'd share.…Continue

Started by Dave G. Last reply by Jim Yates Apr 6.

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Comment by Mike Raeburn on August 7, 2015 at 10:18am

Don't forget the last of the line of Levins and Goyas after the Martin takeover were produced in the far east. I have one of their classical guitars, a Levin LG8 made in Japan in 1979, No. L91332. It's ok quality wise and sounds alright with a new set of good quality strings on it. It was not very expensive and holds its own against higher priced guitars of the same era.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on August 4, 2015 at 10:53pm
Guild has been tossed around from one company to another. The logo is the same. That's all. Now Cordoba owns the name.
Comment by Jim Yates on August 4, 2015 at 7:56pm

It's very similar to the Washburn name being used and confusing folks.  The same with Vega banjos.  Same name, but entirely different companies.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on August 4, 2015 at 6:17am

Which is not a bad thing.It is just not a Levin guitar. It is a guitar with the name Levin on it.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on August 4, 2015 at 6:16am

Just got this reply

Today at 4:10 AM
Comment by Aden Hinds on August 4, 2015 at 2:31am

I highly doubt it Mike. Here in South Africa I have seen a few of them selling 2nd hand at very low price points.

Comment by Mike Raeburn on August 4, 2015 at 2:25am

Let us not be too ready to condemn, the guitars may well be made in Europe in a small high tech factory from locally sourced European soundboard woods. In which case, if they have followed the original designs and specifications, then the guitars will be of reasonable quality and not far off the original Levin. (Apart from fifty years of ageing.) Who is going to buy one and find out? - Possibly the hard way!

Comment by Aden Hinds on August 4, 2015 at 1:01am

I totally agree with Ted... It is a little disappointing that the Levin name is being used on Chinese made guitars in the modern era.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on August 3, 2015 at 5:58pm

This is how I feel. First I am sure they are decent if not splendid guitars. But just because the name and logo are the same doesn't mean they are actually "Levin" guitars. In the same way those Martin "Goyas" are not really Goyas. Kind of what is going on with Guild. Again...I am sure that they are fine guitars. 

Comment by Mike Raeburn on August 3, 2015 at 3:07pm

Below is the translation of the feedback on the site with the German text below that. Of course it could have been written by an agency and all the guitars come from a sweat shop in China. There is only one way to find out how good they are - so which of you heroes is going to buy one and report back??

Incredible good guitar - highly recommended!
">written by Dennis on 4/9/2013

I play for many years already and am a big fan of guitar of the standard CF Martin D models and Collings guitar (I play eg 1970's D35 and D35S 1967 1963 D21 and Collings CJ and D2HAVN) and a handmade Yamaha guitar (1972-he FG2000).  "">Another big favorite of mine is the handmade Swedish Levin guitar and I have a nice 1965 Goliath model (LN-26).
It is interesting to know that the C. F. Martin Company the company Levin bought because their competition was a bit too strong. The Levin guitars were too good. Finally closed C. F.  "">Martin Levin completely in 1979th
Looking for the historical facts, I have found that some former employees of Levin bought back the name and the rights to the Levin guitars and the new company Svenska Levin AB started again with the production of some of the important Levin models, such as the  ">LT-18 and the 70's Top Model, the W32, which is now very hard to get and if, then very expensive !.


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