Here's how I got my Goya: I've been a Melanie fan since 1971 when I was 15 years old. Her music moved me so that I wanted to take classical guitar lessons, much to the delight of my dad who was a self-taught guitarist and singer. I was already good on the piano and had a knack for picking up music by ear even though I can read notes. So, to better play and sing my favorite Melanie songs, I had to learn the guitar. The lessons went well and enjoyed my weekly lessons at the local music store just outside of Pontiac, Michigan. It was called Grinnell Brothers and sold mostly pianos and organs made by that company (Grinnell Brothers has since gone out of business). They also sold sheet music and the latest records and classical and electric guitars. The guitar I originally had for my lessons was all right but I had to press really hard on the strings to get a good tone. I thought all guitars were like this. Wrong! One day in 1973 I saw a guitar that looked very much like Melanie's hanging in the guitar room. A friend of mine who worked at the store told me it was marked down to a really good price simply because it had a little scratch on it. He let me play it. It practically played itself! It was easy on my fingers as I hardly had to press down on the strings to get a beautiful, rich tone. No wonder Melanie played this kind of guitar. I looked at the close-up pictures of her and her guitar and it was the exact same model! When my birthday came up, I told dad that I really loved that guitar and it was MARKED DOWN! Well, dad came through, we sold the other guitar and to this day the Goya is one of my prized possessions. I learned to play quite a few Melanie songs on it (I Am Not A Poet, Babe Rainbow, etc.) and even though I don't play it as much today as a 45-year-old, I keep it polished and practice when I do have a little time. I've never seen anyone else other than Melanie who owns a guitar like this one and I look forward to the day when I finally meet her and that she can sign it for me and maybe even play it. It does have a beautiful sound! I found a little information about Goya guitars on under vintage guitars (Goya serial numbers). It is made by Levin Instruments from Sweden. Swede H.C. Levin worked in the U.S. as a trainee at Martin Guitars. And so did his son just before World War I. H.C. went back to Sweden and formed the Levin Guitar Company (Goya in the U.S.). They also made banjos in the 1920's and 30's. The catalog is at (this info is from the site I mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph). So, David, hope this information helps you. You are welcome to print my little Goya story (hope Melanie reads it). What happend to her Goya anyway? I've been wondering. I will continue to hit your site on a regular basis as I enjoy it very much. I took it with me to the 2001 Ann Arbor Melanie concert and she signed it. Also was very surprised to see it. She confirmed it was the exact same model Goya she used to play. She also told me that her famous Goya was accidentally backed over by her father's car. Apparently, this was before Beau was born or old enough to appreciate guitars and he was totally fascinated by it. He held it and kept saying it was surprisingly heavy and he strummed it too. Peter took a photo of Beau holding my Goya with me. It was surreal. I still try to play it from time to time although the guitar punishes you if you don't practice! But you don't have to press down too hard on the frets. That was a huge difference from other classical guitars I played and I really understood why Melanie always played hers and rarely switched guitars. Such a rich sound. I understand Martin bought out Goya in the mid-to-late 70's and yes, they are no longer made. Melanie's and my Goya model was produced in 1967.