Swedish Goya classical guitars

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Seter
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Swedish Goya classical guitars

Post by Seter » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:47 pm

I've had my eyes on getting one of the better Goya classical guitars for some time now and I finally got one, a G-20 from approximately 1965 (other date estimates are welcome). This one even had the original bottle of Goya guitar polish in the case, though all dried up. Who else has a Goya classical they'd like to show off? I'm especially interested in seeing examples of the models above the G-20, they seem to be quite rare.

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Re: Swedish Goya classical guitars

Post by tateharmann » Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:50 am

Super cool! I've had my eye on these for some time as well, they made some great ones. The Levin's were nice too, always all solid wood from what I understand. There's a lovely '57 G-30 on reverb at the moment.
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Re: Swedish Goya classical guitars

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Re: Swedish Goya classical guitars

Post by Seter » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:57 pm

Mine appears to be all solid wood, with flame maple back and sides and spruce top. It's definitely a great vintage guitar for the money. The vintage-guitars.se website is handy, that's how I managed to get a ballpark date. I'd like to see some examples of Levins as well, I suppose all Levin family instruments are welcome in this thread. I wouldn't mind getting one of their mandolins at some point.

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Re: Swedish Goya classical guitars

Post by Evan » Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:32 am

I think it was a Goya guitar that Julie Andrews used as Maria in the Sound of Music. Not relevant, but a cool piece of trivia nonetheless.

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Re: Swedish Goya classical guitars

Post by tateharmann » Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:59 pm

That's a true fact! I'd heard that before :)
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Re: Swedish Goya classical guitars

Post by martinardo » Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:03 pm

To my knowledge, all Goyas are Levins: just re-branded for sale in the U.S. I have a GG-30 (same as a G-30).
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Re: Swedish Goya classical guitars

Post by rinneby » Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:21 am

They are pretty cool looking instruments for sure, but don't expect "concert grade" by todays standards. With that said, they can sound quite nice.
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