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GOYA ACOUSTIC GUITARS
This page started in 2012, Copyright 2012-2014
Content from any area on this site is free to download except if otherwise specified, and as long as acknowledging this site as the source. HOWEVER, no information can be redistributed or sold, or placed on a site that charges a fee for accessing it.

I DO NOT PROVIDE ESTIMATES OF VALUE FOR GUITARS. PLEASE READ WHY (CLICK HERE).



ABOUT THIS SITE
Information on this site is constructed from research using published verifiable information or input from third parties. All information is presented free of charge. For the most part, I recommend the authority on Goya guitars to be other sources located at http://goyaguitars.tripod.com/index1.htm#home, and at http://www.acousticguitarcommunity.com/group/goyaandlevinguitarowners. This site defers all expertise to those sites.

HERE YOU WILL FIND THE FOLLOWING (MORE TO COME...NOTE--THIS SITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION):
- GOOD LINKS TO GOYA GUITAR SITES
- STREET PRICES
- TBD
- TBD

ALL INFORMATION ON THIS SITE IS PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE. NO FEES ARE CHARGED FOR ANY OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THE SITE OR LINKS.


DOWNLOADS:

Several sales and promotional ads for Goya guitars are available free of charge and can bee seen and downloaded (but NOT SOLD) at the following web link:


KNOWN MODELS OF GOYA GUITARS:
There are existing web sites that are devoted to the Goya brand. Among those sites, these are the best in terms of reliable and authoritative information:
1) Acoustic Guitar's Goya Forum at the following link: GOYA FORUM (MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED TO POST)
2) Private GOYA web site at the following link: GOYA GUITARS(CONTACT LINK TO THE OWNER DOESN'T FUNCTION)
STILL, A TABLE WILL BE POSTED HERE ONCE MODEL NUMBERS IN CIRCULATION ARE KNOWN.

PHOTOS
RESOURCES FOR PHOTOS ARE AT THESE LINKS:

HISTORY AND FACTS

GOYA GUITARS--A BRIEF HISTORY
1954-1974
Goya guitars were a brand first designed by Hershman in 1954. The brand was produced in Goteborg, Sweden by the Levin Company--who already was engaged in the builing of quality guitars under their own Levin brand name. In the late 1950's some Goya electric guitars were produced by Hagstom, and were re-branded with the Goya name. Electric guitars are not the topic of this web site, so they will not be discussed further. However, here is a link to a blog that discusses the Goya Rangemaster: Goya Rangemaster.
Levin continued producing the acoustic and classical models until about 1974. In that time, the brand was owned first by Hirshman as stated above, then later by Kustom (maker of the well-known 'pleated' amplifiers of the 60's and 70's, then by Dude Inc. or Chanute Kansas. Although Hershman, Kustom, and Dude were all USA-owned companies, the guitars continued to be made in Sweden.
1974-1996
Some time in 1974, the Goya brand was purchased from Dude by C.F. Martin--maker of Martin guitars (Nazareth, PA). The Martin guitar company was interested primarily in the brand name and loyal following of the instrument, and promptly discontinued the relationship with Levin, and contracted the guitars to makers in Japan and later in Korea. During this same time, Martin was producing their own spinoff brand, Sigma, to appeal to a lower priced guitar-buying market. Labels in Goya guitars produced after 1974 were changed to carry the Martin brand, and generally are not sought after by Goya collectors. Pricing/resale values today, generally, are lower for the Martin-era Goya brand guitars.
MOVIE: THE SOUND OF MUSIC

The Goya guitar used by Julie Andrews, who played Maria in the movie classic THE SOUND OF MUSIC, is a Goya model F-19, which was built as a steel-string folk guitar (small bodied). The guitar was fitted with folk (hybrid) strings for the movie, which was actually not unusual for that model and others similar to it. In a photo at this link, you can see the pins in the bridge--proving it is not a G-13--as is stated in some other resources, or even a classical model at all. It is said that the model was frequently strung with LaBella classical strings for play in Europe.

I have requested permission to publish the below quote (from Magnus Hultin on December 31, 2010 at 6:39pm to a forum member). Mr. Hultin is a vintage Goya expert and authority who answers questions in the Goya forum of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's web site: GOYA FORUM. If permission is granted, I will quote him as the source of this information. This information is included here temporarily but may be removed if Mr Hultin requests that I not publish it on this site.

Mr Hultin Quotes about the movie and the Goya guitar used by Julie Andrews:

"Goran Levin told me about this guitar, which was specially prepared for the movie-set, by making it in matte finish, to avoid reflections from the lights used by the camera-men. What they did forget (the movie people) was to remove the logotype, obviously nothing that Levin or Herschman Music prioritized. Here is a picture from the movie-set where the guitar is very visible. the F-19 was the "grand concert size", same as G-17, G-20, G-30 and G-40, but had the same neck as the F-25 and F-27. A 12 fret neck slightly narrower than a classical and with an aluminum T-shaped trussrod."

PHOTO PROVIDED BY MAGNIS HULTIN

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STREET PRICES/MODELS (copyright 2012)

MODEL-SPECIFIC RESALE INFORMATION SHEET
Information in the viewable or downloadable resale / street prices spreadsheet is taken from actual sales on 3rd party auction or sales sites, and other sources of actual sales beginning in 2011.
Feel free to download this spreadsheet to your computer by clicking on the picture below. Doing so however carries with it a promise to not use or copy the data into any other web site or publication, and to not modify the data in any way without written permission from the webmaster of this site ("Contact Me").
<<< CLICK TO OPEN (VIEW) OR SAVE (DOWNLOAD)
 
UNDER CONSTRUCTION--SORRY THE SHEET HAS NOT YET BEEN UPLOADED TO THIS SITE...COMING SOON
THE STATS SHEET IS AN ONGOING WORK. IT WILL BE REVISED FROM TIME TO TIME AS NEW DATA IS ACQUIRED. PRICING ON THE "STREET PRICES" SECTION ARE FROM ACTUAL CRAIGSLIST, EBAY, AND OTHER SOURCES AND ARE ACTUAL VALUES PAID BY BUYERS FOR GOYA GUITARS. AS NEW PRICING IS ACQUIRED THE DOCUMENT WILL BE UPDATED.
GOYA GUITARS FOR SALE (LINKS)
DISCLAIMER: THIS SECTION IS PROVIDED AS A SERVICE TO THOSE WHO WISH TO FIND GOYA GUITARS, AND IS PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE. THIS IS NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST. BY CLICKING ANY OF THE BELOW LINKS, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I ASSUME NO LIABILITY FOR YOUR DECISION TO PURSUE A TRANSACTION WITH ANY INDIVIDUAL WHOSE LISTING LINKS I'VE PROVIDED HERE. PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN DEALING WITH PERSONS ON THE INTERNET, AND TO INSURE A SAFE EXPERIENCE, DEAL ONLY WITH LOCAL SELLERS AND DO NOT GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE INTERNET.
SEE GOYAS LISTED ON EBAY... (<<< CLICK LINK AT LEFT)
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CRAIGLIST:(<<< CLICK THE UNDERLINED LINK)
THIS SEARCH IS "ALL OF CRAIGSLIST"--WHICH WILL SEARCH FOR GOYA GUITARS ANYWHERE THAT CRAIGSLIST HAS A LOCATION LISTED. RESULTS CAN BE FILTERED BY REGION.


CONTENT CONTRIBUTIONS
IF YOU ARE VIEWING THIS PAGE AND HAVE INFORMATION THAT YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO CONTRIBUTE FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF GOYA GUITAR OWNERS (verifiable history of Goya Guitars, pictures, model information, etc), PLEASE USE THE CONTACT ME LINK TO SEND YOUR INFORMATION. I WILL ACKNOWLEDGE SOURCES UNLESS ANONYMITY IS REQUESTED.
ALL INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY YOU WILL BECOME PUBLIC DOMAIN.
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ATTENTION:
FORMER GOYA GUITAR OWNERS
or
RESELLERS/EMPLOYEES:
ARE YOU A FORMER HERSHMAN, KUSTOM, OR DUDE GUITAR DIVISION EMPLOYEE OR A MARTIN EMPLOYEE WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE GOYA LINE WHO WORKED IN THE USA OR IN SWEDEN? OR ARE YOU A FORMER GOYA GUITAR RESELLER IN THE TIME PERIOD FROM 1954 THRU THROUGH 1996? ARE YOU A CURRENT GOYA OWNER WITH INFORMATION THAT IS NOT CURRENTLY DISCLOSED ON THIS SITE? IF YOU ARE, WE WANT TO TALK TO YOU!!!
YOU MAY HAVE IMPORTANT FACTUAL HISTORY THAT ALL CURRENT GOYA OWNERS CAN BENEFIT FROM. FACTUAL DATA IS NEEDED ABOUT ANY HISTORY THAT YOU MAY BE AWARE OF WHICH CURRENTLY NOT STATED.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE CONTACT LINK. THANK YOU!!!


THIS SITE IS UPDATED FREQUENTLY, SO VISIT OFTEN
SITE LAST UPDATE: May 13, 2012