Levin Model 1 Deluxe Archtop - Natural 1957
Levin is a Swedish stringed instrument manufacturer with a long and fascinating history dating back to the 1800s. The company is best known in the United States for its Goya branded guitars sold in the 1950s and ’60s and its brief ownership by C.F. Martin and Company from 1972 through 1982.
This 1957 Levin Model 1 Deluxe was the company’s flagship archtop acoustic model at the time of its production. The craftsmanship and attention to detail on this guitar is outstanding, from the distinctive mother-of-pearl inlay pattern on the oversized headstock to the similar engraved patterns that appear on the large block fretboard inlays. The cutaway is very European, resembling the somewhat straight cutaway found on French Selmer guitars.
- Serial number: 359468
- Top: Spruce, natural finish
- Back and sides: Maple
- Neck: Rosewood with maple center strip
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Frets: 20
- Bridge/tailpiece: Ebony, nickel-plated trapeze with diamond-shaped inset
- Tuners: Nickel-plated individual open gear with metal buttons