WELCOME TO VINTAGE AND TRADITIONAL GUITARS.

My name is Bob Chaffer, based near Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK. I have worked and trained with professional Luthiers for some time, which I continue to do, and recently set up my own workshop for guitar preparation, setup, and repairs.

Visiting my website, you will quickly appreciate that my main interest is in affordable Vintage Guitars, ranging from USA made originals from the 1930s to the 1970s, such as Harmony and Kay, to Japanese made quality guitars based on the established model designs originated by the principal USA makers, such as Martin, Gibson and Guild, but with a particular specialisation in the Harmony made Stella Blues Guitars.

More recently produced instruments, which maintain the theme of traditional styling, are not excluded, and I regularly offer various other guitar types, including Classical/Spanish & Flamenco Guitars, 12 String and Tenor (4 string) Guitars, 3/4 Size/Terz Guitars, Resonator/Dobro Guitars, and Mandolins.

You are welcome to come here and try out guitars, by prior arrangement, and being my own boss in terms of time-allocation, I am not restricted to "shop hours". Also happy to look at guitars you may wish to sell or part-exchange, or to advise on setup/repair problems, and I can also sell your guitar on your behalf, on a pre-agreed Commission + expenses basis.
VTG LIVE *** BLUES TRADITIONAL RESONATOR *** BUSKER VTG LIVE *** BLUES TRADITIONAL RESONATOR *** GRETSCH® AMPLI-SONIC™ G9220 BOBTAIL™ GUITAR W/FISHMAN® NASHVILLE P/U. - VTG1492 - SOLD.VTG RESTORATIONS *** BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT GUITARS *** HARMONY USA ACOUSTIC MODELS FROM 1950s/1960s/1970s.
VTG RESTORATIONS *** BLUES VINTAGE PARLORS *** HARMONY & OTHER CHICAGO, USA MADE GUITARS FROM THE 1920s/1930s/1940s.VTG RESTORATION *** BLUES & JAZZ VINTAGE ARCHTOP *** HARMONY H945 MASTER USA 1966 ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1150. VTG LINKS *** SOME PROMINENT GUITARISTS WHO HAVE BOUGHT VTG GUITARS AND OTHER CUSTOMERS *** PLUS WEBSITE & YOUTUBE VIDEO LINKS.
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US
"Totally brill, highly recommended"
- Richard Hawley, Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter and Producer, Sheffield. - August, 2012. ( Harmony Stella H929TG Tenor Guitar).
"Have not been able to stop playing such an amazing guitar"
- Matt Bennett, Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter, The Musgraves, Wolverhampton - January, 2013. ( Ramirez Studio Classical Guitar).
"I just love playing the tenor"
- David Bristow, Bluesman, Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter - http://www.bristowblues.co.uk - February, 2012. (Harmony Stella H929TG Tenor Guitar).
"I am well pleased with the Stella"
- Perry Foster, Bluesman, Guitarist/Singer - "Big Daddy of British Blues"; "The Old Maestro" - http://www.perryfoster.co.uk - August, 2012. ( Repairs on Stella Guitar, and other guitar sales).
If you are interested in purchasing any of the guitars shown on this website or have any queries, then please contact us
NEW! - VTG LIVE *** CLASSICAL/SPANISH MIJ VINTAGE *** KIMBARA "CLASSICAL" LATE 1960S/EARLY 1970S RESTORED GUITAR - VTG1488.
Excellent Professionally Overhauled/Restored Condition, Sound & Play, Good Action, La Bella USA Strings.
£199
NEW! - VTG LIVE *** DREADNOUGHT TRADITIONAL *** TANGLEWOOD "NATURAL" 28 MATURE MID-1990S SOLID CEDAR TOP/MAHOGANY GUITAR - VTG1499.
Exceptional Condition, Maple Bindings/Marquetry Wood Body Inlays, Good Action, Martin Strings.
£399
NEW! - VTG LIVE *** DREADNOUGHT VINTAGE *** KISO SUZUKI W-65D LATE 1970S/1980 MIJ "DOVE" SPRUCE & MAHOGANY GUITAR - VTGC1018.
Really Exceptional Near Mint Condition, Superb Low Action, Excellent Sound & Play, New Martin Strings, Original Bag, Serial No. 00001!
£499
VTG COMING ALONG! *** GUITARS NEWLY ARRIVED OR TO BE AVAILABLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE! *** FULL DETAILS TO FOLLOW WHEN AVAILBLE.
Meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me for information if you are looking for one of these guitars!
 
VTG ENQUIRIES *** I REGULARLY REVISE THE WEBSITE DETAILS *** SEE "VTG LIVE", "VTG RESTORATION/S" & "VTG SALES ARCHIVE" SECTIONS.
Photo panel opposite shows a selection of the types of guitars I have sold in recent times.
 
VTG LINKS *** SOME PROMINENT GUITARISTS WHO HAVE BOUGHT VTG GUITARS AND OTHER CUSTOMERS *** PLUS WEBSITE & YOUTUBE VIDEO LINKS.
Some you will know & some whose Website Links & YouTube Videos you might like to check out.
 
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