Vintage Guitar - July 2018 - open - 46
Goya's opaque-finish Rangemaster solidbodies were introduced in '66 and lasted only one year.
A Rangemaster solidbody
in the '66 Avnet/Goya
The Italian-made Goya
from the '66.
line of Japanese-made acoustic guitars since
'65, and when Avnet took over, Goya Music
added Japanese solidbody and hollowbody
electrics with headstocks clearly emulating
the ZeroSette shape.
By 1970, Goya's distribution was probably just leftover stock that was then sold
to amp builder Kustom Electronics, in
Chanute, Kansas. When that company
folded in '72, its assets were transferred to
Dude, Inc., also of Chanute. Whether any
Goya guitars were sold during this period
is unknown. In '76, the brand was bought
by the C.F. Martin Organisation, which
had purchased the Levin guitar company
in '72/'73. Production of Goya acoustic
guitars was returned to Levin - the place
where it had begun two decades earlier -
and lasted until the factory closed in '79.
A few Goyas were also built that year by
Landola, in Finland, before production was
moved to Japan, where it became focused
on beginner instruments and remained in
existence until '96; in the final years, some
were made in Korea.