Skip to content or Skip to navigation

Pete’s Gear: Levin Goliath LM-26 acoustic guitar

Pete with Levin Goliath

Ca. 1963 as the Detours, Pete playing a Levin Goliath LM-26 sunburst acoustic with pickup in soundhole, John with Fender P-bass, and Roger playing the Epiphone Wilshire that he would eventually give to Pete.

What is perhaps Pete’s first “stage” guitar, used with the Detours, a Levin Goliath LM-26 sunburst acoustic with pickup in soundhole.

Levin was a guitar manufacturer based in Gothenburg, Sweden, and sold guitars to the UK market under the name Levin, and to the US market under the name Goya.

This guitar appears to be in double-bound dark sunburst finish, though no colour photos have surfaced.

Detours, ca. 1962 or 1963.

Click to view larger version. Ca. 1962 or 1963, as the Detours. Pete playing a Levin Goliath LM-26 sunburst acoustic with pickup in soundhole, John with Fender P-bass, and to the right of Roger, who is playing the Epiphone Wilshire that he would eventually give to Pete, what appears to be a TV-front Vox AC-15, with cabinet corners.

Detours, ca. 1962 or 1963.

Ca. 1962 or 1963, as the Detours. Pete playing a Levin Goliath LM-26 sunburst acoustic with pickup in soundhole, John with Fender P-bass, and to the right of Roger, who is playing the Epiphone Wilshire that he would eventually give to Pete, what appears to be a TV-front Vox AC-15, with cabinet corners.

Detours, ca. 1962 or 1963.

Ca. 1962 or 1963, as the Detours. Pete playing a Levin Goliath LM-26 sunburst acoustic with pickup in soundhole, John with Fender P-bass, and to the right of Roger, who is playing the Epiphone Wilshire that he would eventually give to Pete, what appears to be a TV-front Vox AC-15, with cabinet corners.

Detours, ca. 1963.

Ca. 1962 or 1963, as the Detours. Pete playing a Levin Goliath LM-26 sunburst acoustic with pickup in soundhole, John with Fender P-bass.

Generic 1963 Levin Goliath guitar (sn 423717)

Click to view larger version: Levin Goliath, courtesy Bob – 1

Click to view larger version. 1963 Levin Goliath, courtesy Bob Corrall.

An essay and photos of a 1963 Levin Goliath sunburst acoustic, courtesy Bob Corrall.

1963 Levin Goliath Guitar Serial # 423717

Purchased in Oxford from a friend of a friend who I believe worked as a roadie who worked with a band (don’t remember any details, it was the ’60s after all! I probably had not heard of the Who anyway!).

I paid very little for the guitar (a little more than beer money) as the varnish was cracked apparently, from leaving it too close to a radiator in a hotel room! That was the story I think. The guitar has a separated section of the sound hole, which could and probably was caused by a sound hole pickup being attached.

The varnish has not been repaired but has attained a great patina over the last 50 years. Everything else (apart from the strings and bridge) are original.

I was 17–18 around 1966–67 when I bought it, and lived in a houseboat on the canal in downtown Oxford and worked in Oxford as an illustrator.

I have always loved the great sound of this guitar and have not really done anything to it since I have had it, so it’s in quite original condition, apart from the usual wear over time.

And me I am still a lousy guitar player living in Canada now.

Bob

Click to view larger version: Levin Goliath, courtesy Bob – 1
Click to view larger version: Levin Goliath, courtesy Bob – 2
Click to view larger version: Levin Goliath, courtesy Bob – 3
Click to view larger version: Levin Goliath, courtesy Bob – 6
Click to view larger version: Levin Goliath, courtesy Bob – 5

Click images to view larger versions. Photos courtesy Bob Corrall.

Resources and Information