07 Oct1938 Levin De Luxe
I ran across a link to this Levin De Luxe this morning on Pinterest. Wow. It completely knocked my socks off! As you may have figured out, I’m an archtop guitar lover… I think there’s nothing sexier than a Benedetto Manhattan, a Gibson ES-355, or a D’Angelico New Yorker… other than maybe an L3. The curves, the complexity, the way light hits the top, and the sunburst finishes on some of these guitars is just outstanding, and stops me dead in my tracks.
This Levin is gorgeous! It sort of reminds me of a 1912 Gibson L4 in one of my history of guitars books. The ‘burst on this one is the best I’ve seen though.
I had heard of Levin before, and although I’m not terribly familiar with them, I was aware they made some good guitars, and that Martin had bought them out. This morning though, reading the article, I found something that made me happy… the founders name was Herman Carlson Levin. That’s a good middle name!
I’ll have to do some asking around, and see if there’s any relation there, I doubt it, but it would be fun to find out.