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I am a real sucker for these vintage guitars. I think it is beautiful but the price........well out of my league

 

I have a 1959 Levin Acoustic.....sheer beauty

 

Here in Sweden, Levin's, beautiful guitars, can be had at reasonable prices, and if you look into the link between Levin and Martin you will understand the quality.

 

here are two beauties on the Swedish e-bay just now.

 

This one with Dearmond pickup for $840 would probably get it for $750

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and this one for $560

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No they should not be in a museum they should be played like this one

 

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Hi JonnyG

 

sad to hear you had to part with your Levin.

 

I call mine "Misty" it is a 1959 Levin 335 acoustic. I am in the process of making three pickguards for it. One for acoustic silver (aluminum) and two with pickups. one with just neck pickup silver (aluminum), and on this two pickups black.

 

Then I can dress it up, however I want, and underneath it is an acoustic.

 

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I only have three guitars but love them all, they are all very versatile.

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This one with Dearmond pickup for $840 would probably get it for $750

7766608779.jpg

 

and this one for $560

8849385484.jpg

 

No they should not be in a museum they should be played like this one.

 

 

That is CHEAP by todays standards. I bought my 1966 Epi Triumph archtop

acoustic for less than $400 in 1966. Even though I electrified it with DeArmond

SC2000s to replicate the Epiphone Tone Spectrum pickups and drilled holes

in the top for the Gibson controls and jack...it still sold for around $1700 Cdn

about 5 years ago. I could have got more for it, had I left it original, but I'm

glad I electrified it.

 

Epiphone used DeArmond p_ups on several of their models but not on

the top of the line Emperor, Deluxe, or the Zephyr Emperor Regent.

However on the Zephyr Regent, they seem to use both De-Armond

and the Tone Spectrum depending on how the customer order wanted

it at the time. One serial number would have the DeArmond and the

next production sn would have the New York Tone Spectrum.

 

These models of course today seem to rise in value consistently every

year and some are now in the $5000-$10,000 range or even more

depending on the rarity.

 

BTW..the DeArmond pickups that were used on some Epiphone models before

Gibson were also used on some of the Gretsch models of the same period.

 

There doesn't seem to be much history on the actual construction of the

New York Tone Spectrum . No mention of the type of magnet material

(Alnico II? ), wire guage, number of turns or any electrical measurements to go by.

However, it appears from my book that these Tone Spectrums were made inhouse,

along with their Epiphone strings. ( Herb Sunshine applied for a patent on a

Master Pickup in 1939.)

 

My book (House of Stathopoulo..out of print btw) mentions that Nat Daniel

(of Danelectro) designed the earlier electric guitars and amplifiers for Epiphone under

the Electar name, so he could be considered somewhat of a parallel

to Seth Lover in some ways. Herb Sunshine (inventor of the frequensator)

and motivational force behind Epiphone hired him to do some amplifier

development.

 

He recalled in an interview that Epiphone was buying magnet material

from some source and these had to be magnetized locally as shipping

magnetized magnets was bad for attracting metal, so he built a magnetizer

for them.

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