The Goya Company was the first company to use its trademark on the headstock of a classical guitar. It also invented the ball end classical guitar string. It also made guitars with nylon strings instead of steel strings. Many of these guitars were made in Sweden. The Goya rangemaster electric guitars were manufactured between 1965 and 1969. The Goya guitars were a hit in the United States during this time.
The Goya guitar was developed by Andres Segovia, a Spanish classical guitarist. Its sound was incisive and resonant. Segovia recommended the Goya to his students. It was also a good choice for beginning students and female guitarists. The brand name was eventually discontinued.
I’ve owned a Goya guitar for over 40 years. The guitar is still in good condition for its age. It has an original hard shell case and a vintage Barcus-Berry beam transducer pick up. The pickup is built into the bridge and hooks up to a standard 1 / 4 inch guitar input. The original hard shell case comes with the guitar and is still in excellent condition.
Despite the quality of the guitars made by the Goya company, most were cheap. They ranged in price from as little as $100 to as much as $600 in the early 60s. However, they were well made and took a good portion of the Martin market in the US. The company eventually switched production to Asia. The Goya brand was popular during the early folk revival, and the company’s name was bought by Martin.
The Goya G-13 had a sound that rivaled that of the Martin D-26. It was also a popular choice with Terry Reid, who often borrowed it. Its sound was softer than Reid’s Martin D-26. In fact, Reid was almost the original member of Led Zeppelin, but the company’s manager refused to let him out of his contract.
Levin was a Swedish music instrument manufacturer from 1900 until 1978. In this time, the company produced over half a million instruments. It was also the largest instrument maker in Scandinavia. Its founder, Herman Carlson Levin, was born in Asaka, Sweden. He served an apprenticeship in Gothenburg before moving to the United States.
The Hofner Committee guitar was another popular guitar made by the company. It was sold primarily in the United Kingdom, and was available in acoustic and electric versions. Originally, the top of the Hofner Committee guitar was carved spruce, but it was later replaced with laminate. The original carved-top examples are much more valuable to collectors and musicians alike.