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goya greco 125

I tried to find out info on this classical 6 string guitar but none on this model #. made in japan and beautful red wood. would like to know age and price

Goya GG 174 Ser # 2668

Anyone able to help date this guitar? The ser. # is a bad stamping and could read 2688 but there are only 4 numbers stamped. There is the "Special Sound" label with the handmade in Sweden text and the inspectors stamp with the initials "G.R."

I'd appreciate any ideas about the value of the guitar as well. The neck was reset last year and the bracing is all intact. There are use marks like belt buckle scratches in the back, but otherwise it looks pretty good for a guitar that was a throw-away. The pickup is in fine working order.

My thanks for your help and the work required to keep up with this site.
Kay

Re: Goya GG 174 Ser # 2668

Kay,

This GG174 is made during the Kustom ownerhip of the Goya brand. This period was Sept 1970 - June 1972.

Regarding value, I would say anywhere between 650 - 1000 USD on Ebay.

/Magnus

Goya GG 174 Ser # 2668

Anyone able to help date this guitar? The ser. # is a bad stamping and could read 2688 but there are only 4 numbers stamped. There is the "Special Sound" label with the handmade in Sweden text and the inspectors stamp with the initials "G.R."

I'd appreciate any ideas about the value of the guitar as well. The neck was reset last year and the bracing is all intact. There are use marks like belt buckle scratches in the back, but otherwise it looks pretty good for a guitar that was a throw-away. The pickup is in fine working order.

My thanks for your help and the work required to keep up with this site.
Kay

what is this worth

classical (concert?) guitar F-27 Serial # 181511. Made in Sweden by the Goya Co

Re: what is this worth

The F-27 and the F-25 are sort of odd birds, Tom.
The Goliath body size (similar to Dreads), flat, wide fretboard, allmost like on a nylon string classical guitar.
The Guitar is designed for steelstrings, and have 14 frets to the body and slotted head.
The most unusual detail is that the top is fanbraced, like on a classical guitar.

From what I have heard this most often meant that the top lifted sligtly behind the bridge, which often resulted in need of neck resets.

I think a fair price for one of these would be 300 - 500 $ depending on condition. I know someone in Sweden who would love to have one of these. They were never offered over here, they all went for export.

/Magnus

!974

Couple of Questions for you guys. I have recently purchased a Goya G-163. I am told it was built in 1974. It has a label that reads"distributed by Dude industries" Is this a swedish made Goya?

Also I have 1 damaged bridge screw- is there a sousce for replacing them?

Also what do you think of converting the adjustable screws to a bone saddle?

Thanks for any help you can give
Brian

Re: !974

Brian,

The G-163 was introduced in 1969. The first Year it had "Goya Music, New York" on the label and was marked with serial number. Later, sometime 1970 or 71, Goya was sold to Kustom Electric, Chanute Kansas and the labels changed to an ornament picture (actually an anagram with HCL for Herman Carlson Levin) with the selling slogan "The Special Sound". The serial numbers were dropped and at the bottom of the label it said "Handmade in Sweden". After Kustom went bankrupt, the rights were taken over by Dude Inc. also Chanute Kansas. I am not shure when, but do beleive in 1972.

During my inquiries among people with background in the Levin company, which includes the President throughout the sixties and seventies, no one recalls any deliveries to Dude, so these guitars may very well be re-labeled remains from the Kustom bankrupcy. These are my own speculations, mind You...

Anyway, in 1973 a new line of Levin flattops were introduced and I have never come across any of these Goya branded, and also the same year Martin overtook the Levin company, and started a small scale import of Levins to US.

My own speculation is that Martin terminated the manufacturing of Goyas in Gothenburg. A few years later, Martin bought the Goya brand from Dude and started import of Japan made guitars, and later moved production to Korea and Taiwan.

So, To answer Your dating question, I doubt that it is made in 1974, rather 1971-1973.

Regarding the saddle screws, the thread is metric fine-thread, called M8-75, meaning 0.75 mm per rotation. They are not that easy to find, but I have come across som spare on ocasion, remains from people who did as You suggest, replace them with a traditional bone saddle, which probably improves the sound.

Long answer, sometimes I get carried away...

Good luck, dont let it get wasted, it is truly a grat guitar. Is the neck bolted? (check inside the neck block)

/Magnus

Re: !974

Magnus,
Thanks so much for the help! I just bought this guitar and fell in love with it immediatly and would like to learn as much as I can about it.
It is at a local luthier at the moment for some repairs and a set up but I will get back to you about the bolted neck- what is the significance of the bolted neck?
It is a great sounding and beautifully finished guitar(one of the best sunburst finishes I have ever seen). I had never heard of Goya or Levin until I found this guitar but i am a fan now!
Thanks again
Brian

Re: !974

Brian,

The Levin made flattops from the years 1957 until the early seventied had bolted necks, but they switched to traditional "dovetail" joint sometime in the early seventies. I have seen model 163 and 174 with both types of neck joints. There is no significance as far as I can tell regarding sound qualities, but fact is that a neck reset is far less complicated on a bolted neck, which should reflect on the price for such a repair by a luthier.

If the bolts are loosened, the only glue-joint to dis-assemble is between the fretboard and the top.

Good luck with it! Where in the world is this?

/Magnus

Re: !974

Magnus,
Thanks again for all the great info. I am located in southern Georgia, USA. I am told the guitar was originaly bought in colorado. By the way- did Levin import Guitars to America under the levin name?

Re: !974

Brian,

Yes, They tried initially to export to US under the Levin name, but were adviced by Hershman Music to chose another name as Levin were said to sound to jewish for the conservative Folk Music market in US. Hershman recommended the Goya name after the spannish painter, who often had gutarists in his paintings. A funny detail is that Goyish means non-jewish in jiddish, which was totally unintentional, according the the Levin people I have met.
In the beginning the catalogs said "Goya by LEVIN", but the Levin part was abandoned.
In the seventies after the Martin takeover, Martin imported Levin guitars under the Levin name, but not in very large scale.

/Magnus

Goya Semi-Acoustic Electric Panther Bass

I inherited my now-deceased father's Goya Semi-Acoustic Electric Panther Bass. I'm uncertain of the year. The only #'s I can find are on the back: N4496, MADE IN ITALY. I'm guessing very early 70's, since he worked for Kustom Electronics in Chanute, Ks. around 1970-71, and he says he bought it from Kustom while working as a guitar-tuner. If anyone can provide any additional info regarding the model/year/value, I'd certainly appreciate it. I'm also looking for a spare pickguard to replace the original.

G-20 with only a 5 number serial number

What does anyone make of a Goya G-20 with a only a 5 number serial number of 96703? It appears to be a true Goya, in that it looks like other G-20s I have seen and played.

Re: G-20 with only a 5 number serial number

: What does anyone make of a Goya G-20 with a only a 5 number serial number of 96703? It appears to be a true Goya, in that it looks like other G-20s I have seen and played.

This guitar has been made early 1959, after the AB Herman Carlson Levin label was changed to Goya Guitars Inc. This label doesn't have the 5 digit zip code but the 10 N.Y. code. A few more G-10 guitars also have the 9XXXX Serial code.

Re: G-20 with only a 5 number serial number

: : What does anyone make of a Goya G-20 with a only a 5 number serial number of 96703? It appears to be a true Goya, in that it looks like other G-20s I have seen and played.

: This guitar has been made early 1959, after the AB Herman Carlson Levin label was changed to Goya Guitars Inc. This label doesn't have the 5 digit zip code but the 10 N.Y. code. A few more G-10 guitars also have the 9XXXX Serial code.

its a 1960-1961 goya..

Re: G-20 with only a 5 number serial number

I have a G13-M with a 4 digit serial number???
1062

any guesses??

: This guitar has been made early 1959, after the AB Herman Carlson Levin label was changed to Goya Guitars Inc. This label doesn't have the 5 digit zip code but the 10 N.Y. code. A few more G-10 guitars also have the 9XXXX Serial code.

Re: G-20 with only a 5 number serial number

Interresting information Wouter, I didn´t know this.
This fills a missing hole in my knowledge base. Thanks!
/Magnus

year of goya

can you tell me the year my guitar was made goya T18 serial#317411

Re: year of goya

: can you tell me the year my guitar was made goya T18 serial#317411

Re: year of goya

Mike,

There are no lists for Goya in the sixties. What I can say is that T-18 was introduced in 1965 and replaced in 1969.
In 1967 they introduced individual saddle-screws instead of a standard saddlebone, in the bridge. This may give You a "ballpark" figure.

/Magnus

Goya S-14 serial: 205504

  205504

This popular thread has been given its own page : Goya S-14 serial: 205504

Parts for N-26

I have an N-26 that I would like to restore.I need a bridge and tuning machines. Some good pictures of a N-26 tuning head and
bridge would be helpful. Could use any help at all
N-26 s/n 311609 Thanks, Kenneth Crabtree

Re: Parts for N-26

Check out http://goyaguitars.tripod.com/n26.htm

NB. that the bridge changed in 1967 to another shape and individual saddle screws, like the following link:
http://goyaguitars.tripod.com/catalog67_4.htm

/Magnus

Goya n-26

I tried your email link on your webpage but doesn't look like it is working so I'll try this.
I am looking for a bridge for an older n-26, pre 1967.
Do you know if there is a way to obtain one?
If so, I would appreciated the help.
Thank you.
Mike

Goya Model G375

Does anyone know about this 1970's model G-375 Flame Maple Dreadnought in mint condition, Value, etc. I'm not sure about serial #, maybe G-11439...
Thanks

goya g375

Hi, i was wondering if you still have this guitar and if so are you interested in selling it.

cheers

I have a 1971 Goya GG 161.

I have a 1971 Goya GG 161. It is in good condition. Do you know anyone who would want to buy it?

Re: Goya Model G375

I have the same one, but i also dont know the price or anything and its in mint condition! Im sure there worth some money cuz the year and the tone, and wood it has. Its an excellent guitar hope you find more info on this guitar. Plz tell me if you do thx

goya g375

Hi, I was wondering if you still have this guitar and if so, would you be interested in selling it.

cheers

Goya T-13, Serial number 3720071

I purhased my Goya when I was 18, I am now 55. The next needs a little straighting. Can you advise on how to proceed?
Bob

Re: Goya T-13, Serial number 3720071

Bob,

I have never heard of a T-13. Perhaps it is a T-18?

http://goyaguitars.tripod.com/t18.htm

If so, the neck has an adjustable trussrod, which allows straightening the neck if the relief is to big (neck is like a bow). Most likely the neck needs a reset, if the action is to high. The good news is that the T-18 has a bolt on neck, which makes a neck reset fairly cheap if left to a proffesional repairman. At least cheap compared to a guitar with a dove tail neck joint.

I recomment You to leave it to a proffesional. It is a to nice instrument to take risks by doing it yourself...

/Magnus

GOYA/G335 serial#93040019

What's it worth? Thanks

Goya G-3 Example

My daughter has a Goya that says example G-3 inside. What does this mean? It's in great shape. Any idea what it would sell for?

Thanks,

Goya model M22 circa 1958

Goya model M22 circa 1958

This popular thread has been given its own page : Goya model M22 circa 1958

Goya (Levin) M-22 from 1958

I have a 1958 Goya (Levin) Sunburst acoustic guitar, Model M-22, serial no. 376100, made in 1958. I got it in 1962 when I was 10 years old and have been the sole owner. It has had very little use. No scratches, excellent shape. Label says " Goya made by A.B. Herman Carlson Levin, Gothenburg, Sweden." Metal plate at top says "Levin 1900". I am interested in selling it if anyone is interested. Photos are available. kathymccann21@gmail.com

Psychodelic Rangemaster

Had one for many years, sold it to get to graduate school. I'd like to track it down or another like it. I understand Hendrix played one. If you have or know of one please post a message (and maybe a pic). I sold it in Utah, if that helps. Many thinks.

goya g-40

i have a goya g-40 on ebay oct 18-27 nice make offer

Goya F11 ?

Hi I have a vintage Goya. Was told it is probably an F11. No serial numbers or any markings on it. Would like info from anyone. I have pictures to send. Thanks

Re: Goya F11 ?

Gerri,

There is a Goya F-11 on Ebay right now (Oct 20 2007) if You want to compare. Search for item #220160722529.

/Magnus

Value for Goya 161 - with break between head and neck

Value for Goya 161 - with break between head and neck

This popular thread has been given its own page : Value for Goya 161 - with break between head and neck

Interested in purchasing G-20 ..or...possibly 30,40, or 50

I am interested in purchasing a Goya G-20 in good condition (meaning - no cracks, no neck problems, no separations, tuners all work, etc) I would also consider a G-30, G-40, or G-50. Thnak you.

Re: Interested in purchasing G-20 ..or...possibly 30,40, or 50

: I am interested in purchasing a Goya G-20 in good condition (meaning - no cracks, no neck problems, no separations, tuners all work, etc) I would also consider a G-30, G-40, or G-50. Thnak you.

i have a gg20...

G 340 ser. 7784

for sale like new w/shadow pickup by pieazo

g340 goya

Hi ,I am interested in buying your g340 if it is still for sale . Please contact me at email; robmildwaterselectrical@westnet.com.au

cheers

Re: Interested in purchasing G-20 ..or...possibly 30,40, or 50

I have a Goya G-30, purchase somewhere around 1971 or so. I have kept it in environmentally controlled conditions for about 35 years. It has not been used in that time and is in mint condition as is the case. I always thought I would find the time to learn how to play it, but arthritis has caught up with me at age 70. I am going to sell it. Not sure of it's value, but have been told probably between $1000 and $2000. Maybe more. It is a beautiful instrument. The Serial Number is 51043, but I think it is the Serial Number given it by the Dude, Inc. distributor that had Goya distribution rights about that time and later sold thos rights to Martin. I started to list it on e-bay, but pulled the ad today to try to verify its origin of manufacture. Jerry Baker 913.238.3968

Re: Interested in purchasing G-20 ..or...possibly 30,40, or 50

: I am interested in purchasing a Goya G-20 in good condition (meaning - no cracks, no neck problems, no separations, tuners all work, etc) I would also consider a G-30, G-40, or G-50. Thnak you.
i purchased the g20 in 1960 or 61 its beautiful in perfect condition. make an offer

Goya F-11 ser# 125923 guitar

Goya F-11 ser# 125923 guitar

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GG 172

Can anyone give me info. on the Goya guitar

Re: GG 172

Dale,
The Levin guitar company of Sweden manufactured these guitars, the Levin 172 and the Goya GG172 (for export to US) between 1969 and 1973, when a new Levin line of flattops were introduced. It is possible that the Goya GG172 was offered some years longer, but I have not had that confirmed.

The 172 model replaced the Levin LT16 / Goya T16 wich was basically the same design, introduced 1965, replacing the LS16/S-16, which were offered since the late 1950:s.

For spec, look at

http://goyaguitars.tripod.com/catalog71_4.htm

/Magnus

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