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Levin De Luxe
Photo
1937 catalog

Photo
1940 catalog

Specifications:

Non-cutaway.
Body width: 440 mm.
Body length: 530 mm.
Body depth: 85 mm.
Hand carved top & back.
Romanian spruce top with undetermined bracing.
Flame maple back & sides.
6-ply bound top with single-bound f-holes.
4-ply bound back.
5-ply bound pickguard.
Flame maple neck with non-adjustable T-shaped duraluminum truss rod.
Triple-bound headstock with mother-of-pearl inlay.
Triple-bound ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block inlay.
Fingerboard ends with a tip.
Grover Sta-Tite tuners.
Gold plated hardware.
Sunburst finish.
Ten year warranty.

Introduced: ca 1937

Earliest known example: 113565 (1938)
xxxxxx (1937-1939) - (owned by Fred Guy - played by Django)
Latest known first version example: 113565 (1938)

Redesigned ca 1940:

Body width: 475 mm.
Body length: 555 mm.
4-ply bound f-holes.
Engraved inlay in headstock and fingerboard.
Fingerboard ends straight.
Slightly changed tailpiece design.
Grover Sta-Tite or Grover Imperial tuners.

Earliest known second version example: 127160 (1941)

ca 1942:

Grover Sta-Tite style tuners.

xxxxxx (ca 1942)
xxxxxx (ca 1942)
129613 (1942)
129849 (1942)
Latest known maple neck example: 133203 or 133703 (1942)

ca 1942:

Walnut or flame maple back & sides.
Mahogany neck.
Oval tuner buttons.

xxxxxx (Early 1940s) - (refinished, repro pickguard)

ca 1943:

Perloid inlay in headstock and fingerboard.

xxxxxx (Early 1940s) - (refinished, replated gold, repro pickguard, later bridge)
158270 (1945) - (refinished)
160963 (1945) - (repro pickguard)
161548 (1945) - (missing pickguard)
174974 (1946) - (refinished, repro pickguard, later bridge)
175207 (1946) - (oversprayed, repro pickguard)
186294 (1947) - (probably refinished natural, added pickup)
187627 (1947) - (added pickup, later bridge)
Latest known example: 188253 (1947) - (repro pickguard, changed tuner bushings)

ca November 1947:

Replaced by Model 1 De Luxe.