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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: 68
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Bert Berns 1 Reply

The early 1960s minor hit for Gene Pitney: "If I Didn't Have A Dime".  Remember it? reason I'm…Continue

Started by norman druker. Last reply by Ben Hershman Jun 27.

Anyone interested? 1966 LM-26 7 Replies

Don't want to get into trouble here, but trying to avoid eBay, so if I've made a mistake please just say and I'll remove the postI'd like to move my guy on to someone that will love him and use…Continue

Started by Leslie Rich. Last reply by Dave G Jun 27.

1966 Levin LM-26 5 Replies

I posted quite some time ago about my Levin and had mentioned I was going to do a little work on him, without ruining his story (IE - trying to make him all original and instead leave the alterations…Continue

Started by Leslie Rich. Last reply by Leslie Rich Jun 18.

Goya GG174 13 Replies

Hi All, first post here. I can't believe I found a forum just for Goya guitars! I've got a GG174 made in 1970. It's in really good shape but needs a neck reset. I'd like to here about anyone else who…Continue

Started by marcus. Last reply by Alexander Hill Jun 14.

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Comment by Joe Allen on Monday

I got an offer to buy a GS335S made in Korea. Perfect shape with case for my Epiphone PR-650 ASB slope shoulder made in Japan and I give up boot. What does somebody think of these guitars? I have no knowledge of the Goya line. I have had the Epi a while and it is very nice for the age,  A lot of great people here AG community so thanks in advance for the help!

Comment by Mike Raeburn on August 7, 2014 at 3:40pm

LaBella make silk and steel strings, the wound strings have a steel core, then a layer of silk, then the wrap wire on top of that. I used them for years but they did not last long and got difficult to source. Nice tone though and very easy to play.

Comment by Jim Yates on August 7, 2014 at 2:59pm

Silk & Steel? 

Comment by Ted Hechtman on August 7, 2014 at 9:05am

Oh...the F-11 arrived. Great shape for a guitar made in 1963.  51 years old and it is in great shape for that age. Still have classical strings on it but will move to what are called "folk" strings soon. Mike....that is the way the pickguard was made for that guitar. It is fun to play and a great size also.

Comment by Mike Raeburn on July 30, 2014 at 3:37am

Hi Ted, I have a Goya G-312 similarly made in Korea. I bought it out of curiosity really to see what the final iteration of the Levin/Goya line was like. Death of an iconic brand! So far as I can see they just copied the original Levin design but with laminates instead of solid woods. I'm pretty sure the top is laminated as well but it is difficult to say, might just be solid. Martin would not care much either way I would think, probably kept the European Spruce tops for themselves. Anyway, despite this it actually sounds not bad, not quite up to the LN-26 or LT-18 standard but not far off it. A decent set of Elixirs helps as well. Not being an expensive guitar I have no qualms about taking it out to the pub or anywhere else that may not be too 'guitar safe' for sessions.

The video of your 12 string is doing it no favours though, any chance you can post one of it being played properly?

As for your new F-11 (sounds like it should be a jet fighter!) is the top part of the lower pick guard missing? If so it must have been like that for a while as there is no colour difference in the top. As you know I am not a great fan of pick guards and the effect they have on tone. What do you intend to do with this one?

Can you have too many guitars?

Comment by Ted Hechtman on July 29, 2014 at 9:22pm

My new F11. Hoping for the best.   

Comment by Ted Hechtman on July 29, 2014 at 9:21pm

Comment by Ted Hechtman on June 18, 2014 at 11:25am

This is from the Goya/Martin 1976 - 1977 Catalog.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on June 17, 2014 at 3:56pm

Comment by Ted Hechtman on June 17, 2014 at 3:56pm


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