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C. F. Martin & Co.

C. F. Martin & Co. purchased the Levin company in 1973, but before that,
they clearly must have been experimenting with having Levin build a few
Martin D-18 guitars. Several years ago we received these photos of a 1971
Martin D-18. It appears to have a regular Martin D-18 body with the neck
block being stamped with D-18 and a 1971 Martin serial number, but with a
Levin W 32 neck with a Martin logo and Levin Schaller tuners.
Check it out here: 281632

Around 1978 Levin also built the Martin LD-18 model that looked just like a
regular Martin D-18 but with Levin Schaller tuners. The neck block is stamped
LD-18 and a stamp on the inside of the back is saying:

C.F.MARTIN & CO
GÖTEBORG
MADE IN SWEDEN

Reportedly, 200 were made, and here are some:
xxxxxx (unknown number)
563941 (1978)
563955 (1978)
563995 (1978)

Also, a 1978 Martin LD-28 has surfaced.
Check it out here: 563924 (1978)