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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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Latest Activity: Sep 23

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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 Sep 17.

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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 Sep 14.

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

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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

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Comment by Mike Raeburn on September 23, 2014 at 5:49pm

Found this on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnjpgtIMP6k

LD-18 563945 It appears to be in France.

Comment by Mike Raeburn on September 23, 2014 at 5:04am

Hi Jim, Regarding the LD-18s, I received this from Andreas. Fascinating bit of information!

 

Hi Mike,

Yes, I saw that post. According to those who worked for and run Levin at the time these were made as a way for Martin to see if the Levin factory could make a Martin guitar. The Martin people in Gothenburg were very specific as to how they were to be built and a lot more time and effort were put in to those compared to the regular Levin guitar. The neck for example was hand cut, at this point Levin hadn’t done that for a long time. From what I understand the reason for building Martin guitars in Sweden could have been to not have to import them from the US, and around this time there was also supposedly a lot of problems with strikes in the US. I haven’t played a Martin like this so I don’t know about the quality of them.

Andreas

 

Now I really want one!

Comment by Mike Raeburn on September 22, 2014 at 10:44am

Jim, so far as I am aware it has maple back and sides and a spruce top, don't know where the spruce came from, Levin sourced their spruce from the North facing slopes of the Alps where it grows very slowly. Hence the tight grain pattern. I would imagine Jimmy would use a similar high quality source. I have a few fronts sitting in my store ready to repair damaged Levins, and they are all from European North facing mountain sources. Incidentally Stradivarius also sourced timber from here but I would imagine it was even slower grown due to the mini ice age. I also have a wrecked Gibson Songbird but I managed to get some Alaskan spruce for it. Similarly very tight grain due to being grown very slow. By contrast we also grow Sitka Spruce in Scotland where the climate really suits its growth needs. It grows so fast it has growth rings about a quarter inch apart! I'll ask Jimmy what wood he used and where he sourced it.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on September 22, 2014 at 10:21am

Thanks Mike.

Comment by Jim Yates on September 22, 2014 at 10:10am

Mike, If that Moon guitar has a maple back and sides, it looks exactly like my 1958 Goya M-26.  I really love my guitar and would like to try a Moon Goliath some day.

Comment by Ben Hershman on September 22, 2014 at 9:34am

Some may find this interesting!

Comment by Mike Raeburn on September 22, 2014 at 9:33am

Had an interesting exchange of emails with Andreas Brink, he tells me that he bought an LG-18 from the post Martin era and it turned out to be a Sigma with a Levin badge on it. Anybody else got one of these? 


I was also telling him there is an interesting Levin link with Thomas Fraser of Shetland, here is the webpage.


http://www.thomasfraser.com/festival.htm


If you dig around in the photos you will see that he played a Levin. I am not sure if that actual guitar is still around. The recordings he made were fine examples of a Levin being used to its true potential.


In Glasgow is a very good guitar maker called Jimmy Moon of Moon Guitars. If you look on his photos page,


http://www.moonguitars.co.uk/index.php/photo-album/


You will find what Jimmy calls his Thomas Fraser Memorial Guitar being examined by Peter Rowan. It’s a Levin in all but the name on the headstock and more importantly sounds like a Levin. Needless to say if I have any really tricky work to do on my Levins that I can’t do myself, they go to Jimmy.

Comment by Mike Raeburn on September 19, 2014 at 2:54pm

Hi Ted, This is the email address Andreas and I have been corresponding on.

Andreas Brink <andreas.brink@anakronfilm.se>

He was pretty quick with sending the DVD to me so I would expect him to reply to you soon. He takes payment via PayPal or bank transfer.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on September 19, 2014 at 11:46am

Hi Mike, how did you get a copy? I emailed the company and they haven't gotten back tome yet.

Comment by Mike Raeburn on September 19, 2014 at 11:28am

Well, I received my copy of the Levin story DVD and a fine piece of work it is. Quite sombre in places, but then it is Swedish. It tells accurately the rise and fall of the Levin brand and will lay to rest many of the fables that have grown up around the brand. The story is told mainly by the former works manager and the last major shareholder member of the Levin family. There are plenty of examples of early Levins being played although the music was a bit limited. I would have liked more samples shown of the later Levins we all know and love. It is in Swedish with optional English subtitles except for the songs which are sung in Swedish and also subtitled in Swedish which is not so good for understanding what they are about. Loads of photos of the works and family tell the story very well. The extra material is also in Swedish but without subtitles. Should you buy a copy? The DVD is Region Free but in PAL format so OK for Europe but if you are in the 'States you are out of luck unless you have a very fancy DVD player that converts PAL to NTSC. When I ordered it Andreas Brink the producer did indicate that he might produce an NTSC version should there be enough demand. You have probably seen the Levin branded guitars being produced in the Far East, I don't know what they are like, probably pretty dire, but what I did not know is that small numbers of Levins are still being produced in Sweden. If you want to find out about those I suggest you buy the DVD!

 

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