Levin 1900

Hi!
Bought a new guitar and I'm looking for some information.
http://tanturia.deviantart.com/art/Levin-1900-88631970
The brand is a Levin 1900, and the little note inside says;

AB HERMAN CARLSON LEVIN, Model: 325, Made in Sweden.

Hope someone will be able to help me. Any information will be very much appreciated! :D

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tanturia wrote:

Hope someone will be able to help me. Any information will be very much appreciated! :D

The brand name is Levin. The brass plate marked 1900 refers to the year when Herman Carlson Levin started manufacturing guitars in Gothenburg Sweden.

In 1956 Levin introduce a new line of archtop guitars. The high end model was 315, followed by 320, 325, 330, and 335. They were all available in 3 versions, which were (325 as example) 325 for the acoustic, 325/M1 with one Dearmond Dynasonic Pickup by the fretboard, and 325/M2 with dual picups, 2nd one by the stable.

My guess is that the 1900 marking was used around 1960 to celebrate the 60th aniversary. You should be able to find a serial number on top of the peghead, by this You can date Your guitar at

http://www.gitarren.se/radotips/sernr_levin.html

Levin stopped serial production of archtops by the end of the sixties, but continued with the 315 on specific orders. Martin bought the company in 1973 and closed it down in 1982.

Picture of my 1961 acoustic model 335:

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