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Levin 335 M2 Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1962

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The Levin 335 M2 was a very popular guitar in Europe, featuring a carved Spruce top, arched Maple back and a pair of deArmond DynaSonic Pickups – just one on the M1 model. Levin also offered the 335 as a fully acoustic model.

Levin Instruments was founded in 1900 by Herman Carlson Levin. Levin was born in Sweden, apprenticed with a furniture maker and moved to the United States in 1887. After some carpentry work, he found a position in a guitar factory in 1888 but after three years started an independent company in New York City. On a trip home to Sweden, he saw an opportunity for his skills and opened a new shop in Gothenburg. Demand was strong and within three years they had produced one thousand instruments. Ultimately, they would make half a million before the company closed in 1973. In North America, they are best known for the Goya name; the American distributor didn’t feel that the name ‘Levin’ would work as well. Herman Carlson Levin died in 1948.

Here we’re looking at a Levin 335 M2 dating to 1962 and built at the Levin shops in Gothenburg, Sweden. It features a carved Spruce top, an arched and braced Maple back with Maple sides. The neck appears to be Cedro (as used on many Spanish built guitars) or Mahogany, with a Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard bearing Mother of Pearl dot position markers. The bridge and head plate are Ebony. At some point, the neck was reset. There is a long-ago repaired crack in the top, from the treble end of the bridge to the tail block.  One tuner button has been replaced.   Inside the bass F hole, the label reads Herman Carlson Levin, Model 335, Gothenburg Sweden.

This interesting guitar plays well, and has a good sound. The deArmond DynaSonic pickups were used on many higher end guitars, particularly by Guild and by Gretsch until 1958, when the Filter ‘Tron was introduced.

A Guardian hard shell case is included.


 

Price: $1450 CAD
  • Model: 335/M2 Archtop Electric
  • Year: 1962
  • Finish Sunburst
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: N/A, built during 1962
  • Country of Origin: Sweden
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 09/10/2019

  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 5.5lbs 2.5kg
  • Scale Length: 628.6mm 24.75in
  • Nut Width: 43mm 1.69in

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