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Levin serial numbers

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1900 - ca 1970
1-6 digits impressed into
the top edge of the headstock.

Exceptions:
On some banjo models the serial
number is located on the inside of the rim.

The Classic 3 model has its serial number
either typed or hand written on the label.


ca 1970 - ca 1972
Six digits either hand written on the label
or printed on a small silver sticker placed
on, or near the label inside the instrument.
It's not uncommon for those stickers to
fall off and they can sometimes be found
laying loose inside the instrument.

Exception:
The Classic 3 model has its serial number
either typed or hand written on the label.


ca 1972 - 1975
Six digits printed on a small
brown paper label glued to the label.

Exception:
The Classic 3 model has its serial number
either typed or hand written on the label.


1975 - ca 1979
Six digits printed on the label.

Serial number range Year
1 - 90 1900
91 - 473 1901
474 - 982 1902
983 - 1648 1903
1649 - 2673 1904
2674 - 4160 1905
4161 - 5842 1906
5843 - 8054 1907
8055 - 10065 1908
10066 - 12104 1909
12105 - 14475 1910
14476 - 17048 1911
17049 - 19757 1912
19758 - 22765 1913
22766 - 25785 1914
25786 - 29339 1915
29340 - 33829 1916
33830 - 38398 1917
38399 - 41750 1918
41751 - 45996 1919
45997 - 48663 1920
48664 - 49766 1921
49767 - 50960 1922
50961 - 52669 1923
52670 - 55018 1924
55019 - 58262 1925
58263 - 61029 1926
61030 - 64274 1927
64275 - 68224 1928
68225 - 71939 1929
71940 - 75971 1930
75972 - 79078 1931
79079 - 82022 1932
82023 - 86306 1933
86307 - 91524 1934
91525 - 96981 1935
96982 - 102985 1936
102986 - 108392 1937
108393 - 114174 1938
114175 - 119373 1939
   
Serial number range Year
119374 - 123698 1940
123699 - 129542 1941
129543 - 135882 1942
135883 - 143365 1943
143366 - 154203 1944
154204 - 167856 1945
167857 - 183407 1946
183408 - 195194 1947
195195 - 208144 1948
208145 - 227015 1949
227016 - 243439 1950
243440 - 271455 1951
271456 - 291537 1952
291538 - 303551 1953
303552 - 321200 1954
321201 - 336743 1955
336744 - 350110 1956
350111 - 366295 1957
366296 - 384905 1958
384906 - 402016 1959
402017 - 411407 1960
411408 - 420508 1961
420509 - 429605 1962
429606 - 438472 1963
438473 - 448145 1964
448146 - 458480 1965
458481 - 474502 1966
474503 - 486142 1967
486143 - 491732 1968
491733 - 499256 1969
499257 - 507899 1970
507900 - 514799 1971
514800 - 522499 1972
522500 - 530599 1973
530600 - 538999 1974
539000 - 547499 1975
547500 - 554999 1976
555000 - 561600 1977
561601 - 564889 1978
564890 - 567750 1979


In ca 1979 some models were built in Japan,
probably by the same factory that built the
Sigma line of acoustics for C.F. Martin & Co.

Serial number range Year
L9xxxx - L9xxxx ca 1979


After the Levin factory closed in 1979 some
nylon-string acoustic models built by Landola
in Finland were still available.

Serial number range Year
567751 - 570978 (Latest known example) 1980 - 198?


Levin serial number prefix/suffix
In late 1947 Levin introduced its entire line of
redesigned and modernized instruments that
replaced the old models. Changes included
cutaway on archtops, natural finish on some
f-hole guitars and mandolins, and a line of
nylon-string guitars. Up to now, only the three
top archtop guitar models (De Luxe, Solist
and Royal), some early lutes, and some fancier
banjo models had names. All other instruments
were identified by a model number only.

In the new line of 1947, all models were given
a model number and a name. The model number
was inconsistently stamped as a prefix or suffix
to the serial number. If the model was available
in both natural and sunburst finish,the letter "N"
would follow to denote a natural finish instrument.

The use of a prefix or suffix was essentially coming
to a halt in 1955, when the major part of the line
was redesigned once again, but remained on the
old models until they were all discontinued by
ca 1958. In the new line of 1955, all models were
now being identified by a model number only.

The line of 1947 - 1955 prefixes/suffixes

Number Model
1 Model 1 De Luxe
2 Model 2 Solist
3 Model 3 Royal
4 Model 4 Orchestra
5 Model 5 Star
6 Model 6 Dansant
7 Model 7 Valencia
8 Model 8 Sevilla
9 Model 9 Navarra
10 Model 10 Madrid
11 Model 11 Tarragona
12 Model 12 Barcelona
13 Model 13 Ambassadör
14 Model 14 Princess
15 Model 15 Diplomat
16 Model 16 Carmen
17 Model 17 Rio
18 Model 18 Ideal
19 Model 19 Amatör/Favorit
20 Model 20 Senorita
21 Model 21 Kentucky
22 Model 22 Bolero
23 Model 23 Havanna
24 Model 24 Carmencita
25 Model 25 Kansas
26 Model 26 Pepita
27 Model 27 Texas
28 Model 28 Nevada
30 Model 30 Trubadur
31 Model 31 Artist
32 Model 32 Opera
33 Model 33 Sonett/Menuett
34 Model 34 Revy/Elite
40 Model 40 Aristokrat
41 Model 41 King
42 Model 42 Master
43 Model 43 Serenad
44 Model 44 Rosalie
45 Model 45 Safir
46 Model 46 Classic
47 Model 47 ?
50 Model 50 Konsert
52 Model 52 Capri
53 Model 53 Palermo
54 Model 54 Taranto
70 Model 70 Alto
75 Model 75 Tenor
80 Model 80 Oktavo
85 Model 85 Oktavo
90 Model 90 Kamiki
92 Model 92 Honolulu
95 Model 95 Hula


The line of 1955 - 1963 prefixes/suffixes
In the new line of 1955 a prefix or suffix
randomly can be seen but was mostly not used.
The ones encountered are listed below.

Number Model
29 Rondo
55 Model 55
59 Rondo Mandolin
111 Model 111
112 Model 112
114 Model 114
115 Model 115
118 Model 118
124 Model 124
330 Model 330