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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: 72
Latest Activity: Oct 10

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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

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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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Comment by Mike Raeburn on October 10, 2014 at 3:14am

Actually Dave that's about right for a new guitar, custom built of that quality. I bought my LN-26 new in 1968 for the price of £65. I had just started out as a secondary school teacher at the munificent salary of £625 pa. So my guitar cost me roughly 10% of my annual wage. A secondary teacher's starting salary is now around £26,000 so the Levin would cost around £2,600 in equivalent terms. You could buy the one on eBay but it has a badly split top and looks 'well used' to be polite. Probably not worth more than $200. My LN-26 is as good as you will get for that age of guitar, no splits or dings but the usual crazed finish. The action is still very low. It has Schallers on it but the original tuners are in the box and the worn frets have been replaced by Jimmy Moon. He did such a good job I can't tell which ones he replaced and which ones he left. In today's market I would expect it to be worth around £800 but then a thing is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it!

Comment by Jim Yates on October 10, 2014 at 12:24am

My '58 Goya M-26 cost me under $400 about ten years ago.

Comment by Jim Yates on October 10, 2014 at 12:22am

Almost the same.  The Moon is modeled after the M-26, which was replaced by the N-26 in the early sixties.  There was not much difference, but the biggest clue is that the N-26 had the position dots moved to the bass side of the fingerboard.  There were some other insignificant changes too.

Comment by Dave G on October 9, 2014 at 7:14pm

Here's the same guitar for 1/3 of the price...or less if you can throw an offer.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/321540703183?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&...

Comment by Dave G on October 9, 2014 at 6:45pm

I was interested and inquired about buying this M-26 copy, having owned a couple of late 50's Goya/Levin models.  However, as much as I love the old Goyas, for 3 thousand plus dollars you can really shop wonderful vintage geetars, such as 50's era Gibson and Martin gems.  Take your pick, I guess.

Comment by Mike Raeburn on October 9, 2014 at 9:03am

I have just received this information from Moon Guitars.

"Materials used for the Thomas Fraser Memorial guitar were - European Maple back and sides, Italian Spruce soundboard, Mahogany neck and Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge.  The Maple and Spruce came from our regular European timber supplier - I'm not sure of the exact location, but most Italian spruce comes from the Alpine Region.  We buy our mahogany for a timber supplier in the UK and a friend and fellow luthier from Denmark kindly supplied the fingerboard and bridge.

 

"The original Thomas Fraser Levin and the memorial guitar are with his family in Shetland.  We made one other that was also bought by a Shetlander - a friend of Thomas Fraser."

My thanks to Joan Moon for the information. So if you want a new Levin then you where to get one! Moon Guitars.

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.

 

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