1952 Levin De Luxe
A Brief History from our Tech Writer
The Levin company was founded in 1900 by its namesake Herman Carlson Levin, who had previously been a carpenter and furniture builder. After learning the guitar trade in America, he returned to Sweden and started his own company. Despite a small start-up fund and a skeleton crew, Levin began making splash in the European guitar world, even winning awards for their fine instruments. Some time later, Levin guitars would find there way into the hands of major jazz musicians like Duke Ellington’s guitarist Fred Guy and the legendary Django Reinhardt. It wasn’t long that American distributors noticed the Swedish company, and in 1952 Levin guitars began importing to the states under the name Goya.
This is a 1952 Levin De Luxe, the same model played by Django Reinhardt and Fred Guy in the late ‘40s. This instrument is a very wide bodied archtop that’s brimming with style and luxurious accents. From the tight-grained spruce top, to the ornate inlays and headstock designs, this baby is a head turner for sure! Not just a pretty face either, this guitar has a great action and straight neck for smooth play and easy runs up the fretboard. The sound is very well rounded and open from age, and there is definitely a strong Gypsy feel to this instrument that makes the Minor Swing pour right out of the fingers. It has sustained some wear from age, most notably checking and its lack of a pick-up, which appears to have been removed some time ago, though we aren’t certain it was meant to be there at all based on the pickguard. On that note, the pickguard has also crystallized and detached from the instrument, but has since been repaired and reattached by our in-house luthier. Aside from those issues and some minor dings and dents, this guitar is in great shape and ready for any player or collector who wants a premium piece of European guitar history! Sorry, no case on this one.
Weight: 5 lbs.9 oz.
Nut Width: 1 ¾”
7.5/10 (very good condition) 1952 Made in Sweden
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