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Levin Solist
Photo
1937 catalog

Photo
1940 catalog

Specifications:

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

Introduced: ca 1937

ca 1938:

Single-bound f-holes.

Earliest known example: 108451 (1938)
113566 (1938) - (missing pickguard, cut off fingerboard tip, later bridge)
116233 (1939) - (changed pickguard, changed bridge top)
118451 (1939) - (changed tuners)
119865 (1940)
Latest known first version example: 121050 (1940)

Redesigned ca 1940:

Body width: 445 mm.
Single-bound f-holes.
4-ply bound back.
Triple-bound non-scroll headstock with a changed inlay design.
Slashed block inlays in fingerboard.
Fingerboard ends straight.
Gold plated hardware.

Earliest known second version example: 126030 (1941)
xxxxxx (early 1940s) - (added pickup)

ca 1942:

Walnut or flame maple back & sides.
Mahogany neck.
Rosewood fingerboard.
Grover Sta-Tite style tuners.

139156 (1943) - (repro pickguard and bracket)
143660 (1944) - (missing pickguard)

ca 1944:

Perloid inlay in headstock and fingerboard.

153711 (1944) - (changed tailpiece, missing pickguard)
1550xx (1945) - (changed pickguard)
Latest known example: 190456 (1947)

ca November 1947:

Replaced by Model 2 Solist.