Vintage Goya Guitars

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Re: Goya GG5 12-string -update

I found a picture at the "Vintage Goya Guitar" website in the 1971 Goya (Kustom) catalog (page 7) of a GG5 that is very much like mine. Also in the 1968 catalog (page5)a TS5 looks like the same picture.

Goya Guitar 499008

Hi there. I have a Goya Guitar. On the back is a brass plate with the words - "Made by Hagstrom, Sweden. Pat S. 499008". Could anyone tell me something about this - eg when it was made, the value, were there different colours, or anything else interesting.

Thanks a ton.
Brigitte

GOYA G610 BY CF MARTIN, KOREA & PA

hAVE RECENTLY ACQUIRED A GOYA 610 WITH ORIGINAL BOX AND WARRANTEE BUT KNOW LITTLE ELSE OF THE GUITAR. IF ANYONE KNOWS THE HISTORY OR VALUE, I WOULD APPRECIATE THE INFO. THANKS

goya g17

im looking to buy a g17 I had one in 66 and want another
anyboby got one they want to sell???

Re: goya g17

: im looking to buy a g17 I had one in 66 and want another
: anyboby got one they want to sell???

I have one for sale

Re: goya g17

Mark,

There is one for sale at Gruhn Guitars. It is liste as an "as is" Guitar (bridge needs re-glueing), but that´s no big job...
Check www.gruhn.com, and follow links for "inventory" and "classical guitars".

For Your information, there is an identical guitar labeled Levin LG-17, which was the model for outside US. The Goyas back then were manufactured by Levin Guitars in Gothenburg Sweden.

Good luck...../Magnus - Sweden

1955 Goya G-10 serial number 325617

I'm trying to get an idea of it's appraisal value. Can anyone help me. It's in very good shape, original case...picks too.

It belonged to my mum....rarely played.

I don't want to sell it, but I need to insure it.

Thank you,

Joe

Re: 1955 Goya G-10 serial number 325617

: I'm trying to get an idea of it's appraisal value. Can anyone help me. It's in very good shape, original case...picks too.

: It belonged to my mum....rarely played.

: I don't want to sell it, but I need to insure it.

The inner label says Made in Sweden. It sounds beautiful...rich tones and very clear. I believe she got it out of the Sears & Roebuck catalog...I'm very impressed with the quality.

: Thank you,

: Joe

Re: 1955 Goya G-10 serial number 325617

Joe,

First of all, the G10 was introduced in 1958. This can be seen at Goyaguitars.com, both in a advertisment sheet announcing the model, and in the 1958 catalog. Se in the following links:
http://goyaguitars.tripod.com/goya_g10_insert_1958.htm

http://goyaguitars.tripod.com/catalog58_7.htm

Your guitar is consequently not from 1955. Based in your dating it to 1955 I asume that You have used the Goya/Levin or Locksley serial numbers lists, and that Your serial number is in the 321201 – 336743 range. The lists are NOT valid for Goyas made after approximately 1960, when Levin Guitars separated Levin and Goyas regarding seral numbers.

Now, Since I have two Goyas in this range that I have managed to pinpoits approxmate ages on I can tell You that Your guitar is from sometime between 1963 and 1966. I think You will find on the label inside the guitar that the adress to NY is written with zip code (10010) which were introduced in june 1963. I have a T16 numbered 334337 which is definately built 1966 or earlier.

Regarding value, it is hard to tell. The value is dependent of what a buyer is willing to pay just at the moment of selling. I have seen G10:s go on ebay from 50$ up to above 200$, but rarely more. If Your guitar is in absolut mint condition I think You can get more from a collector who specializes in Goyas, but as I have stated in many threads in this forum, the old Goyas are for some reason not valued as high as they deserve. Especially their classical nylon stringed guitars were excellent, but bear in mind that the G10 was introduced as an affordable student guitar.

I hope this gives You the information You need.

/Magnus

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Re: 1955 Goya G-10 serial number 325617

: : I'm trying to get an idea of it's appraisal value. Can anyone help me. It's in very good shape, original case...picks too.

: : It belonged to my mum....rarely played.

: : I don't want to sell it, but I need to insure it.

: The inner label says Made in Sweden. It sounds beautiful...rich tones and very clear. I believe she got it out of the Sears & Roebuck catalog...I'm very impressed with the quality.

: : Thank you,

: : Joe

It would be nice if someone could refer me to an appraiser or another website...anyone at all...

Resetting neck on Goya G-30

My favorite Goya of all time is the G-30 with the flame maple back and sides. Unfortunately, the neck is getting pulled up and away from the guitar body, making the action too high. WHO FIXES THIS PROBLEM PROPERLY? Please advise. I live in rural Hawaii and will have to ship this guitar wherever it has to go. As an owner of a refinishing shop here in Hawaii, I actually work on instruments too, but have never attempted a neck re-set. Any pointers on doing it myself? Please advise.

Re: Resetting neck on Goya G-30

(Originally posted 15:38:23 1/12/06)

Steve,

If sending it to the American west coast isn´t beyond Your limits I would turn to Frank Ford at www.frets.com

Send him a mail. His nice informative web page also has some nice "howto´s".

/Magnus

Re: Resetting neck on Goya G-30

Steve,
If shipping it to a luthier in San Fransisco isn´t beyond Your limits, I would recommendend Frank Ford at Gryphon Stringed Instruments. He can do anything.

Anyway, check his repair tips at www.frets.com and follow the "index page" link. He might very well have an illustrative instruction for You.

Good luck! Magnus Hultin - Sweden

Goya G40

Anyone have a Goya G40 for sale? Condition and price?

Re: Goya G40

: Anyone have a Goya G40 for sale? Condition and price?

Re: Goya G40

: : Anyone have a Goya G40 for sale? Condition and price?

Re: Goya G40

: : : Anyone have a Goya G30 for sale? Condition and price. I have all the models except the 30 and 40. wd like to get atleast one before I get too old to play. Thanks Fred

Goya necks

Hello,

I need help adjusting the neck on my 66 N-21 (she has a bow). No truss rod cover and only one hole in the neck block. I can't even see what kind of wrench to use!

Helllllllp!! Please!!!!!!

John

Re: Goya necks

John, Funny thing, I have an N-21 that my father bought for my Mom in about '66 & was wondering how to adjust the truss rod because it's not as concave as I would like. I don't see a plate on the headstock, either, but the '65 catalog (found it at goyaguitars.tripod.com) shows the N-21 as a flat top Spanish steel string & says that all steel strings have truss rods w/ a cover on the headstock. One of the later catalogs has fine print that the N-21 does not have a truss rod.

Re: Goya necks

John,

I hate to disappoint You, but the N21 does not have an adjustable truss-rod. It has an aluminum T-rod. I am not shure how to fix Your neck. Have heard some luthiers have a method where the neck is straightened under heat. If the bow is small, there are other methods, I am shure a luthier could advise You. For tips and tricks go to www.frets.com, Frank Ford has most of the answers.

/Magnus

Goya Rangemaster Bass

Rare late 60's Goya Rangemaster short scale bass for sale.
Anybody interested?

Re: Goya Rangemaster Bass

: Rare late 60's Goya Rangemaster short scale bass for sale
I'm interested in this bass email me at bvoodoo12@hotmail.com thanx,BOB

Re: Goya Rangemaster Bass

: Rare late 60's Goya Rangemaster short scale bass for sale.
: Anybody interested?

peut etre combien elle couterait

Age of instrument?

Goya G-30 #3724033

Re: Age of instrument?

: Goya DR-28, this one is made in Nazareth, Pa not in korea.
The serial number is 816247

Re: Age of instrument?

Marcia,
It isn´t easy to determine the date of Goyas. After sometime around 1960 the distributor of Goya in US asked Levin Guitars (the manufacturer of Goyas, in Gothenburg Sweden) to start a separate numbering fo the Goya branded guitars (I was told by a former president of Levin Guitars). I know for shure that until 1958 You can use the Levin number lists which are available on several places on the net (see http://www.gitarren.se/radotips/sernr_levin.html). After this it is more difficult but there are some tricks to use. The length of the serial number on Your guitar tells me it is later than 1966, as there were 7 digit number from around 1967. In 1967, they also started marking them "Goya Music, New York". The 1966 were marked "Goya Guitars Inc, N.Y. 10010". From 1971 they were marked "The special Sound", and later (don´t know exakt year) they were marked "Distributed by Dude Inc, Chanute Kansas".
Hope this helps. Best regards..../Magnus

Korea Goya 1967-1969

Hi, need some help please. I first started playing guitar in Korea between 1967-1969. My parents bought me my first electric, a white solid body, w/tremelo bar Goya...at least I really think it was Goya. It's been many years and maybe I am not remembering the thing too well. They frequently went to Japan during our stay in Korea and may have picked it up there (it was a Christmas gift).

Did such a guitar exist back then?

Thanks
Tom

Re: Korea Goya 1967-1969

I think Goya production line didn't go to Japan nor Korea until mid/late 70s, when the brand was bought by Martin C.F. guitars.
Look at: http://goyaguitars.tripod.com/index1.htm

Goya indentification

Bought this classical one in Santa Barbara twenty years ago. Just loved the satin finish and the quality of woods used. The label inside has since disintergrated and I don't know/remember the details or serial nos. Can anyone just help to I.D. the year and place of build?

Details: Seems to have walnut sides and back (chocolate color), rosewood fingerboard, the tuning pegs are made of a dark wood (all photos I see of Goyas have white plastic pegs. Can someone give some insight to what I have? Is there an adjustable rod inside the neck? Thanks mucho

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Goya G-10

Is the G-10 a solid top guitar or is it a veneer/laminated top?

Re: Goya G-10

: Is the G-10 a solid top guitar or is it a veneer/laminated top?

Yes it is solid spruce top. I have G-12 With a solid spruce top and Birch sides an back. I don't think there is much of a difference between the two of them. I bought mine in 1961 and found out later it was made in 1958.

My Goya G-10

I bought it in 1968 from Grinnels Music Store at the Macomb Mall, North of Detroit, Michigan. I played everything on the wall and liked the Goya best. As I remember, it cost $250, probably less but much more than I could afford at that time. It's serial # is 38230009.
I played my kids to sleep when they were small. I found sanity with it during troubled times and am now teaching 4 grandkids to play guitar with it. It's been a true friend.
I'm retired now and play one gig a year, at an annual fishing trip to Canada. The guys haven't gotten tired of it yet, and I've been doing this gig for 30 years.
Thanks for all the enjoyment to Goya.

Goya G10 #187916

Recently given a sweet little Goya (New York) G-10 made in Sweden. S/N#187916. Any information or interest? Very slight separation on the bottom-backside. Please e-mail me...
Thanks!

Re: Goya G10 #187916

Are you looking to sell it, I would be interested- depending on the cost and condition. Please email me @ rbf63@aol.com

Thanks.

: Recently given a sweet little Goya (New York) G-10 made in Sweden. S/N#187916. Any information or interest? Very slight separation on the bottom-backside. Please e-mail me...
: Thanks!

Goya M-26 SN#2420

I have a Goya M-26, serial number 2420... I am not having much luck finding some historical information about this model and serial sequence. Any help? I would also be interested in looking at current value of the instrument.

Re: Goya M-26 SN#2420

The M26 is present in the 1958 Goya catalog. It is a Goliath size (Levins name for Dreadnough) beauty with alp spruce top and flame maple in body, sunburst finish. I have not seen the catalogs for 1959 - 1961 but in the 1962 catalog it has disapeared, to show up again in 1965, with slightly modified neck and with more modern tuners.
Regarding dating, it is difficult. On all guitars with "Made by AB Herman Carlson Levin, Gothenburg Sweden", You can use the Levin serial number list. The 1958 range is 366296 – 384905, why i assume this is not valid for Your M26. One other way is to look how the distributer Hershmans New York Post adress is written. In July 1963 the zip codes were introduced and after that it said "N.Y. 10010", before this it said "New York 10". At least this is how I have had it explained once, and it fits the writing on my Goya instruments. The serial numbers on Goyas after they separated from Levins list, is a riddle, no one seems to know.
I have not seen any M26 guitars on sale, but several N26:es, depending on condition I would say from 200 - 600$, maybe even more, the goliath guitars made by Levin had a very high reputation, but maybe more outside US that on the american market.

I hope this helps,
/Magnus

Re: Goya M-26 SN#2420

: The M26 is present in the 1958 Goya catalog. It is a Goliath size (Levins name for Dreadnough) beauty with alp spruce top and flame maple in body, sunburst finish. I have not seen the catalogs for 1959 - 1961 but in the 1962 catalog it has disapeared, to show up again in 1965, with slightly modified neck and with more modern tuners.
: Regarding dating, it is difficult. On all guitars with "Made by AB Herman Carlson Levin, Gothenburg Sweden", You can use the Levin serial number list. The 1958 range is 366296 – 384905, why i assume this is not valid for Your M26. One other way is to look how the distributer Hershmans New York Post adress is written. In July 1963 the zip codes were introduced and after that it said "N.Y. 10010", before this it said "New York 10". At least this is how I have had it explained once, and it fits the writing on my Goya instruments. The serial numbers on Goyas after they separated from Levins list, is a riddle, no one seems to know.
: I have not seen any M26 guitars on sale, but several N26:es, depending on condition I would say from 200 - 600$, maybe even more, the goliath guitars made by Levin had a very high reputation, but maybe more outside US that on the american market.
I also own a m-26 that I have owned since 1972 it's serial number is 382980
: I hope this helps,
: /Magnus

Goya M-26

I am just looking for the value of the above guitar for a friend who received it as an inheritance. Here's the Kicker--serial number is 382969, 11 after your number. I have 22 guitars varying from Hiway ! Strats , Koa Strats, a Jackson owned by Gene Simmons, 4 Ovations including a six/twelve doubleneck, and a National chrome resonator so I am intrigued by this guitar. It is in rough shape but it is a dreadnought style. It has the 'dreaded' 14th fret hump but it doesn't seem to come into play yet. What would you suggest in fixing/not fixing, valuing or selling this guitar? Thanks so much.
Dean

Re: Goya M-26 SN#2420

My M-26 #378766 is the type with the symmetrical dots on the fingerboard. All of the M-26s that I've seen with the symmetrical position markers have been 1958 models. Later models seem to have the position markers moved to the bass side of the fingerboard.
When I took my guitar to have a neck reset, I was quoted an estimate. When I went to pick up the guitar, the luthier gave me a bill for about half of the estimate. He said,"Why didn't you tell me it was a bolt on neck? That was the easiest neck set I've ever done."

Re: Goya M-26 SN#2420

The first guitar I ever owned was a Goya M-26. I bought it second hand in 1960 for $75 Cdn, but when the action started to get high in 1965, I sold it. I was always sorry about that and when I found a 1958 Goya M-26 in 2004, I was happy to pay $375 Cdn for it. It needed a neck reset and the first store I went to said,"Just learn to live with it. The guitar's not worth fixing."
I forget what I finaly paid for the reset, but it was about half the estimate. The luthier said,"Why didn't you tell me it was a bolt on neck? The reset was a breeze."
This guitar has a lovely flamed maple back and sides, a Brazilian bridge and fingerboard and a solid spruce top. It is not as nice as my 1962 Martin D-21, but the Martin is nowhere near ten times as good, though it is appraised at well over ten times as much.
I think these guitars are extremely under-valued. I play it as much as I play the Martin and when it has new strings it gives the Martin a run for its money.

Goya Dreadnought acoustic Guitar model #G3 2

so... i hava Goya Dreadnought acoustic Guitar C.F. Martin & Co. model #G3 2 it is in great shap has like 1 minor scrtch on back and is very clean always kept in a hard case i want to sell it what should i ask/get

martin goya g-314b

i would like info on this guitar

Re: martin goya g-314b

: i would like info on this guitar

I have one, bought it used about 25 years ago. Black guitar made in Korea, great sounding and playing guitar.

Re: martin goya g-314b

: : i would like info on this guitar

: I have one, bought it used about 25 years ago. Black guitar made in Korea, great sounding and playing guitar.

:How much do you think this guitar is worth? I have one too!

Goya Swedish G17 Guitar

Goya Swedish G17 Guitar

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g10, s/n 114553

i own a g10 with a s/n of 114553. i'm looking to sell this, but haven't been able to find good info on value, etc. it's in great shape from what i can tell. any info, online links to price comparisons, interested persons welcome, appreciated. los angeles.

Re: g10, s/n 114553

Still have it, I would be interested depending on price and conditions - please email.

: i own a g10 with a s/n of 114553. i'm looking to sell this, but haven't been able to find good info on value, etc. it's in great shape from what i can tell. any info, online links to price comparisons, interested persons welcome, appreciated. los angeles.

Goya GG7 for sale

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