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Levin LS-18

I have for sale my 1962 Levin LS-18, serial no 427071, sold in the UK as the Super Goliath Model 1855. This is the sort of high-end model that made Levin's reputation, and contributed to their eventual takeover by Martin. (It cost £39 7s 6d in 1962!) It's the model marketed in the US as the Goya S-18. Very high quality timbers: European spruce top, Flame maple back and sides, mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard.

People often talk about 'cannons' or 'banjo killers', but this is one of the loudest dreadnoughts I've heard. It has a very balanced sound - bright trebles, even up the dusty end, where some dreads can get a little thin, clear mids, and the sort of bass you'd expect.

Playing action is very good - ideal for a mixture of flatpicking and fingerpicking, which is what it's been used for. No buzzes, and the frets are in good condition.

Overall, it's in very good condition, although it had a major overhaul by Highly String Guitars of Aldershot, Hampshire, in 1982. It had evidently been dropped on the lower bout, treble side, and they repaired a top crack and a couple of loose braces. The treble side binding also came away and was reglued. The guitar was then resprayed. A very high quality job, still hard to spot even today, unless you're looking for it. At the same time, they levelled the fingerboard and refretted the guitar, using medium wire very similar to the original, and replaced the original Van Gent tuners with Schaller minis.

Available with a Calton dreadnought case (brown exterior, gold interior), in excellent condition. This is an early 1980s model, made by Keith Calton in the UK. It's a little lighter in weight than either recent models being made in North America under licence, and has less external fittings, but is still an excellent case.

**SOLD**

Levin LS-18

Levin LS-18

Levin LS-18

Levin LS-18

Levin LS-18

Levin LS-18

Levin LS-18