1951 Levin Model 13 Ambassador Jumbo Guitar

Tone: It's balanced, clean, has good sustain, and is slightly woody -- excellent for fingerpicking and lighter strumming but it will work for old-time backup in a pinch if you're not laying into it too heavily.

Feel: The body feels more like a 000 despite its dread/jumbo width because its depth is not as dramatic as a dreadnought. It has a flat fretboard but a comfortable, oval-shaped neck profile and the 12-fret design pulls your left arm in closer to your body.

Interesting features: It has a nice "iced tea" sunburst finish and uses European walnut for the fretboard and bridge. It has a classic "swoopy" headstock shape, fretboard binding and multi-ply binding for the body, and clean lines.

Repairs included: I did a neck reset (it's a tenon joint so reset, reglued, and secured with a hidden bolt at the neckblock, too) and Jose did a fret level/dress, made a new saddle, and set it up. It's playing spot-on and ready to serve.

  • Maker: Levin (Sweden)
  • Model: 13, "Ambassador"
  • Body style: jumbo/dreadnought
  • Weight: 3 lbs 15 oz
  • Scale length: 24 7/8"
  • Nut width: 1 3/4"
  • Neck shape: medium oval/C
  • Board radius: flat
  • Body width: 15 5/8"
  • Body depth: 4"
  • Top wood: solid spruce
  • Back & sides wood: catalogs list it as walnut but it looks like it could be mahogany
  • Bracing type: ladder
  • Bridge: walnut
  • Fretboard: walnut
  • Neck wood: same as the back/sides description
  • Action height at 12th fret: 3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
  • String gauges: 52w, 40w, 30w, 22w, 16, 12
  • Truss rod: non-adjustable duraluminum bar
  • Neck relief: straight
  • Fret style: lower/smaller

Condition notes: There's a dot of pulled finish right on the rosette ring. The finish has weather-checking throughout but it's very fine. There' minor scratching/scuffing here and there but overall it's very clean for its age. The saddle is new and bone but it is otherwise entirely original.

It comes with: Sorry, no case.

Consignor tag: JFMS