The 1952 Levin De Luxe is one of the largest archtop guitars ever made, coming in at a lower bout width of 18.7 inches.  This is only bested by the Stromberg Master 400.  Like the Master 400, the De Luxe has a single top brace running the length of the guitar, although it is placed a bit differently than the one in the Master 400.  At this size, and with a Romanian carved spruce top, carved walnut back and mahogany sides, this guitar is very resonant with a rich tone that supports more bass response than small archtops.  The 5-ply, primarily mahogany neck is straight with a non-adjustable steel stabilization rod and topped with an ebony fingerboard.  The guitar is adorned with multi-ply bindings throughout.

 

This example has all orginal hardware, including tuners, bridge, pickguard, and tailpiece.  This one has the fairly rarely seen Kjell Mikrofonen single coil floating pickup which sounds great.  The volume pot and the jack attached to the pickguard have been replaced.  The guitar was recently professionally refretted by a master luthier with Jescar Evo Gold wire, and the guitar plays beautifully.

 

The guitar shows many minor scratches and dings in the top from many years of play, but the top is completely free of cracks.  The back has one repaired, stable crack and has been oversprayed with lacquer.  There is also a scratch in the side finish at the cutaway as pictured.

 

The guitar comes with the original hardshell case.

 

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SOLD - 1952 Levin Model 1 DeLuxe with Kjell Mikrofonen Pickup

$6,799.00Price