1968 Levin Mandolin Model 158 flatback
This vintage Levin mandolin model 158 dates back to 1968. This was the earliest that the Model 158 was produced. From the serial number, this is one of the earliest known. Levin produced two models that were identical proportions. The only real difference was that the 157 had a satin finish and the 158 had a gloss finish. The gloss lacquer on this one shows lacquer cracks and some wear on the soundboard from use. These Levin mandolins are beautifully made. Martin took over shortly after this one was made. They didn't need to worry about quality. It has a double bound top and sound hole. The top is made from Spruce, with lovely Mahogany back, sides and neck. The neck has a Rosewood fingerboard which is in good condition and has pearloid dot inlays. It retains the original tuners with the little white buttons. The tuners work fine and it remains in tune. For those who are unfamiliar with Levins, this is exactly the same as the Goya model. Goya was just a brand used by Levin for the US market. Re-strung and ready to sing to someone. This Levin mandolin model 158 is supplied in a soft bag.