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1937-1939 Levin De Luxe

While vistiting Göteborg during a tour of Sweden in April, 1939, Fred Guy, guitarist in the Duke Ellington
Orchestra purchased a Levin De Luxe at Waidele. This is the guitar that Django Reinhardt is playing in the
famous William Gottlieb photos. They were taken backstage at the Aquarium in New York City when
Django was on tour with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1946.

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1939 Waidele ad

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1939 Levin ads

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1939 concert review

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1940 Levin ad

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Django Reinhardt at the Aquarium, New York City, 1946
Photo: William Gottlieb

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Fred Guy at the Aquarium, New York City, 1946
Photo: William Gottlieb

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Fred Guy at Carnegie Hall, New York City
Photographer: unknown

This instrument is shown here for educational purposes only.
It is not being offered for sale on this site.

Photos by courtesy of Gary U. Petrin.
Read his story of how this instrument surfaced.

Check out his web site dedicated to this guitar.

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