hello all, my first post to the forum... a nice place, so much knowledge and people who like to share.
I try and read Swedish, but writing in Swedish I don't dare
In the link below is my new (52 year old) Levin 330. It is in good shape - the laquer is crazed all over but nothing structural. I love its sound. It is bright and warm at the same time. The Dimarzio humbucker looks awfully out of place, maybe some time i will try and replace it with an original DeArmond, but no hurry because all works well. And I play it mainly acoustically anyway. dl.dropbox.com/u/8541959/levin%20plektrumskydd%20f%C3%A4ste/album/index.html
With the help of the scan Klangfix made of a pickguard (thank you Klangfix), I will have one made. But how to fix it to the guitar? What does the fixing material look like? Where can I find it, or should it be custom-made? It seems the hole by the neck is not a screwhole as I thought, it is not a round hole but square. And the little screwhole in the side seems to be tapered.
thanks for the welcome ZAMN Yes it is a sweet thing, I am happy with that guitar. And what some polishing and rubbing can do... it looks all bright and shiny now, who would have thought. I am having a plektrumskydd made, will see what is next with the fästnings. [mmm... fäste? there you go with my swedish] Brackets
Hi, I realize that I did not took enough pictures of my restoration of my uncle´s Levin 315. I have found one image showing a similar bracket, but this one is not complete. In your case there shall be two short hexagon shaped parts ( like very thick nuts) made out of brass. One is used only as a distance nut next to the neck.
The other one has two purposes. It has a thread like an ordinary nut, but on the side there is an extra threaded hole. The pin that is attached to the side of the guitar (shown in this picture) shall have a corresponding thread to this side hole in the hexagon distance nut. You also need some counter nut to fasten the hole thing.
Note, that the pickguard including brackets shall be floating and shall not touch the wood. It is only the upper neck distance nut that is touching the wood. There is a "wood" screw going through the pick guard and this nut into the top of the guitar.
The middle nut has a machine screw, and does not go through the nut.
The picture shows the strange type of thread being used on old Levin Royal pickguard brackets. It was nearly impossible to find tools. The more modern Levin 300-series uses M4-threads instead.
Maybe somebody else have pictures of the brackets of the Levin 300-series.
Last Edit: Apr 17, 2012 13:41:19 GMT 1 by Klangfix
thanks Laer for the welcome thank you Klangfix for responding here (didn't want to intrude on your holiday with another question) With your explanation and the picture it is getting clearer but in particular how is the plektrumskydd connected to the body by the neck?
Sorry. It is not very easy to descibe. The pickguard (plektrumskydd) is screwed in the top close to the neck, but there is no attachment to the neck. The hexagon distance nut is used as a distance or "stand off" between the pickguard and the wooden guitar top.
Now, the other screw does not go through the nut. This special nut is only a joint to connect the side pin to the center of the pickguard.
Now I found some more pictures. Please note that this is not an original bracket, but it is a close copy of how the pickguard is attached to these Levin 300-series models. I have a Levin 335 in original condition, and the mounting is very close to this:
an update on the pickguard for my Levin... had one made, using Klangfix's scan of his original pickguard. Thank you so much Klangfix. Eventually the choice for the fixing material was determined by what the shop had ready. Happy with the result.
just a test of Google translate...
en uppdatering av plektrumskydd för min Levin ... hade en gjort, med hjälp Klangfix s genomsökning av hans ursprungliga plektrumskydd. Tack så mycket Klangfix. Så småningom val för att fastställa materialet bestäms av vad butiken hade redo. Nöjd med resultatet.