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"When Was Your Goya Guitar Made?"

(Goya/Levin serial numbers are at the top and Goya/Hagstrom serial numbers are at the bottom)



     Many Goya guitar owners have used the "Locksley" serial numbers list incorrectly to date their Goya guitars. This list (see table below) is primarily for Levin brand acoustic guitars. Levin of Sweden made the original Goya brand acoustic guitars for the Hershman Musical Instrument Company of New York (they were the Goya Guitars Company and owned the Goya brand name). DO NOT use this serial numbers list for your Goya acoustic guitar unless the label has "Made by A.B. Herman Carlson Levin, Gothenburg, Sweden" printed on it. The serial numbers list below does not apply to any other Goya guitar. Feel free to contact me with any questions about your Goya guitar by sending me the "complete" information (including any zoning or zip codes) printed on the inside label of your acoustic guitars or any outside markings on Goya electric guitars. You can email me at goyaguitars@usa.com.



LEVIN INSTRUMENT SERIAL NUMBERS

    This is a list of Levin instrument serial numbers 1900-1977. The list has been copied by Mattias Hallin from a 1978 list supplied by Levin to dealers. A copy of the original list was provided by Benny Trapp. Goya acoustic guitars were hand made in Sweden by the Levin Company from the early 1950s to the mid 1970s. I have only been able to verify 1955 as the earliest confirmed starting year based on label and serial number information someone sent me. The Goya guitar brand definitely did not occur before 1952. I'm still doing research in this area. See my "Inside Story" and "Goya Information" pages for more details on the history of Goya guitars. Remember, you can only use this serial numbers list if you have a Levin brand acoustic guitar or if your Goya brand acoustic guitar's inside label says, "Made by A.B. Herman Carlson Levin, Gothenburg, Sweden."

LEVIN INSTRUMENTS SERIAL NUMBERS 1900-1977

Year First serial # Last serial #
1900 1 90
1901 91 473
1902 474 982
1903 983 1648
1904 1649 2673
1905 2674 4160
1906 4161 5842
1907 5843 8054
1908 8055 10065
1909 10066 12104
1910 12105 14475
1911 14476 17048
1912 17049 19757
1913 19758 22765
1914 22766 25785
1915 25786 29339
1916 29340 33829
1917 33830 38398
1918 38399 41750
1919 41751 45996
1920 45997 48663
1921 48664 49766
1922 49767 50960
1923 50961 52669
1924 52670 55018
1925 55019 58262
1926 58263 61029
1927 61030 64274
1928 64275 68224
1929 68225 71939
1930 71940 75971
1931 75972 79078
1932 79079 82022
1933 82023 86306
1934 86307 91524
1935 91525 96981
1936 96982 102985
1937 102986 108392
1938 108393 114174
1939 114175 119373
1940 119374 123698
1941 123699 129542
1942 129543 135882
1943 135883 143365
1944 143366 154203
1945 154204 167856
1946 167857 183407
1947 183408 195194
1948 195195 208144
1949 208145 227015
1950 227016 243439
1951 243440 271455
1952 271456 291537
1953 291538 303551
1954 303552 321200
1955 321201 336743
1956 336744 350110
1957 350111 366295
1958 366296 384905
1959 384906 402016
1960 402017 411407
1961 411408 420508
1962 420509 429605
1963 429606 438472
1964 438473 448145
1965 448146 458480
1966 458481 474502
1967 474503 486142
1968 486143 491732
1969 491733 499256
1970 499257 507899
1971 507900 514799
1972 514800 522499
1973 522500 530599
1974 530600 538999
1975 539000 547499
1976 547500 554999
1977 555000 561600



HAGSTROM INSTRUMENT SERIAL NUMBERS

    Below are the Goya Hagstrom serial numbers for the Model 80 and Model 90 guitars made in Sweden (see my brown Goya Hagstrom on the home page). I have removed any non-Goya brand serial numbers from the original list in fairness to retired Hagstrom employees whom I've been told benefit from sells of the book "Hagstrom Guitars - the fastest playing neck in the world." The book contains serial numbers and information on all all Hagstrom made guitars and can be located through the "Official Hagstrom Site" (this site can be found on my "links page" ). If you're looking for specific Hagstrom guitar information please visit this site.

    Chad Coulter was nice enough to provide the following Goya Hagstrom serial numbers. My brown Goya Hagstrom has 466/177 stamped on it which I believe represents the serial number and units made number. The list shows 1959-61 for the "Year" made based on the "Serial Numbers" with a total "Quantity" of 471. I believe my brown Goya Hagstrom guitar was the 177th one made in that series which may mean it was made in 1959 rather than 1960. Hagstrom was a Swedish guitar maker that exported Goya brand guitars in the late 1950s to early 1960s. I believe Hagstrom did this under contract with Hershman Musical Instruments Company of New York (the original Goya Guitars Inc. company). If your Goya electric guitar says "Made in Sweden" then it was made by Hagstrom. But if your Goya electric guitar is a Rangemaster or Panther model then it was made in Italy by Galanti (for Panther models) and either EKO (don't think so now) or the Polverini Brothers or ZeroSette (for Rangemaster hollowbody electric models) during the 1960s.


GOYA HAGSTROM SERIAL NUMBERS

Year Quantity Serial Numbers
1959
501
452-,454-,460-
1959-60
471
465-,466-
1960
446
469-, 482-
1960-61
1,360
477-,483-,484-,485-
1961
900
488-,491-,493-



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