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 email@example.com.
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."
|Year||First serial #||Last serial #|
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.