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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: Oct 10

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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 October 10, 2015 at 4:04am

I'd agree with Rob on the internal quality of some of the Levins. Necks as well can be a bit variable, a lot of the photos show necks with the grain running at an angle which inevitably leads to a twisted neck as the years go by. I have one that runs off about 5deg over its length. Before I relegate it to fire wood I may try sawing it down the middle, putting in a laminate and clamping the whole thing back together with the twist going the other way, slightly! If that fails I'll use the headstock with its original transfer on another neck.

On the subject of solid headstocks on classical guitars, my guess would be a slotted one is more expensive to produce so on the cheaper lines they just used the standard solid stock and tuners. Same principle would apply to the bridge. Any guitar set up for both nylon and steel strings is going to be badly compromised anyway.

The Sound of Music guitar was probably matt finish to avoid reflections from the lights. I have an 1979 LG-8 classical made in Japan by Martin that has a matt finish, looks ok, sounds a bit dead from lack of playing.

On the subject of re-bracing an LTS-5, I have one in the same state and I was considering copying the bracing in my Taylor 12 string reusing the wood from the old bracing as much as possible. It may look like kindling sticks but inside is some beautifully aged spruce!

Comment by Rob Griffiths on October 9, 2015 at 5:05pm

Not all Levin guitars are good. Some are shockingly bad when you look inside. I'm re-topping a Levin LTS-5 (12-String) that has awful bracing on the top. The brace pattern is a Torres fan bracing and the braces themselves are very roughly hewn and very over heavy.

Levin marketed some of their small birch guitars as suitable for both steel and nylon strings (by heavily bracing existing classical models). I think this F-12 is probably one of them, I wouldn't touch it myself.


Comment by Ted Hechtman on October 9, 2015 at 1:34pm

I have what I guess is an F-19. I would check but I'm at work. My pickguards are black but the same configuration. I have a "folk set" on it now. Seems to be a nylon set with ball ends.

Comment by Jim Yates on October 9, 2015 at 12:57pm

The 1961 F-19 also had a solid headstock.

Comment by Jim Yates on October 9, 2015 at 12:55pm

The top picture is the 1961 F-19 guitar which came with pick-guards.

From 1962 onward, the pick-guards were dropped.  Juile Andrews used a custom matt finish F-19 in The Sound Of Music.

Comment by Jim Yates on October 9, 2015 at 12:41pm

This is just the opposite of the Sound Of Music Goya which had a pin bridge and a classical headstock.  I've never seen a guitar with a classical bridge and a solid headstock.  Interesting.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on October 9, 2015 at 7:38am
Comment by Ted Hechtman on October 9, 2015 at 7:37am

The link below the picture will take you to the Ebay page.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on October 9, 2015 at 7:36am

Comment by Ted Hechtman on October 9, 2015 at 7:35am

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