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Levin Model 42 Master
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1948 catalog

Photo
1948 catalog

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1965 catalog

Specifications:

8-string Mandolin.
Arched top & back.
Body width: 260 mm.
Hand carved top.
Spruce top with undetermined bracing.
Mahogany back & sides.
4-ply bound top with unbound f-holes.
Single-bound back.
Single-bound pickguard.
Unbound headstock.
Mahogany neck with non-adjustable T-shaped duraluminum truss rod.
Single-bound ebony fingerboard with pearloid dot inlay.
Adjustable ebony bridge.
Nickel plated tuners.
Sunburst (42) or natural (42N) finish.
Ten year warranty.

Introduced: ca 1947 as a replacement for Model 330.

Earliest known example: 188419 (1947)
xxxxxx (1948)
xxxxxx (1948)
205599 (1948)

ca 1949:

Walnut back & sides.
Large bridge thumbwheels.
Changed tuner design with white plastic buttons.

2123xx (1949)
2xxxxx (1950)
2295xx (1950)
2437xx (1951)
2xxxxx (1951)
2784xx (1952)
302593 (1953)
3080xx (1954)

ca 1955:

Renamed Model 42.

355765 (1957)

ca 1957:

Changed tuner design with white straight-sided plastic buttons.

372203 (1958)

ca 1960:

Tuners with white oval plastic buttons.

ca 1961:

Flame maple back & sides.

436140 (1963)
Latest known example: 459507 (1966)