Help I.D. a old Levin Guitar model 320...

I have an old Levin guitar but I need info on it. the only marking on it is a manufacturers label that says the make and Model (320). I was wondering if anyone knows a database or a place I can get information on this guitar like when it was made. i have pictures.

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I have an old Levin guitar but I need info on it. the only marking on it is a manufacturers label that says the make and Model (320). I was wondering if anyone knows a database or a place I can get information on this guitar like when it was made. i have pictures.

The Levin 320 was the second-from-the-top in a line of archtops Levin released 1956 or 1957. The series consisted top to bottom of 315, 320, 325, 330, 335. They all had carved spruce tops and the highest (including 320) also had carved bottom. They were available as option with one or two DeArmond Dynasonic style pickups. The model names for these were added with M1 or M2 for the number of pickups. They were available in sunburst or nature. For this model an adjustable trussrod was introduced.
The series was discontinued from the standard offer sometime in the late 60:s, but the 315 was still available on custom order.

The 320 can be seen in the following link.

http://goyaguitars.tripod.com/levin_catalog68_3.htm

From the series number stamped on the top of the headstock You can find the manufacturing year in the following link:

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

Hope this helps..../Magnus

Thank you very much, MAgnus!!! That was an awesome wealth of info you gave me? What if my headstock doesn't have a stamp? What kind of value do these guitars have (arch top acoustic) for insurance purposes?

I would say most Levins have stamped serial no at the end of the headstock.

Regarding value my guess would be that a 320 would sell for 10 -15 thousand SEK in Sweden, which would be around 1500$ in USE currency at current rate.

My experience from Ebay auctions is however that Levin instruments sell higher i the US than in Sweden. It may be that they are rare on this market, as Levin sold their instruments in the Americas branded Goya.

In general I would say that Levin archtops are very rare in the US.

Perhaps You should take it to someone for a value estimation. There must be shops offering these services in the Chicago area.

Take care..../Magnus

PS. Forgot to mention that the 320 is flamed maple back and sides, mahogany neck (probably 5-piece) and ebony fretboard. The inlays are supposed to be true MOP.

Thank you for your wealth of knowledge. I appreciate this!!

Eric

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