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 AVAILABLE - PAGE 4 - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY STELLA H929 USA 1959 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1534.VTG PRIVATE COLLECTION - HARMONY STELLA MODELS - CHICAGO, USA MADE VINTAGE 1940-1970 ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITARS & MANDOLIN - BRIEF DETAILS JUST FOR INTEREST. SALES ARCHIVE - FOR INTEREST, INCLUDING GUITARS SOLD FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF PROFESSIONAL INSPECTION/OVERHAUL, REPAIR OR MAJOR RESTORATION & SOME CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALES.
VTG USEFUL LINKS & INFORMATION - INFORMATION/RESEARCH & MUSIC SITES, LUTHIERS, SUPPLIERS OF PARTS, TOOLS, PICKUPS, STRINGS & CASES I KNOW & USE.VTG AVAILABLE - PAGE 5 - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY STELLA H930 USA c.1954 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH GUITAR - VTG1453.VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - ELECTRIC JAZZ/BLUES GUITARS - TRADITIONAL L-5, ES-175 & SIMILAR TYPE HOLLOW-BODIED JAZZERS FROM 1980s, 1990s & LATER.
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
GUITAR INVENTORY & ARCHIVE - SALES ENQUIRIES - VTG IS OPEN FOR ONLINE/TELEPHONE SALES ENQUIRIES MOST DAYS. IF NOT IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE, WILL REPLY TO ANY MESSAGES A.S.A.P.
Guitars "Available", either "Ready to go" or "Pre-order Restorations", "Current Restorations" in progress, "Collection" & "Sales Archive/Recent Sales". See below for page details.
 
GUITARS AVAILABLE - READY TO GO! - GUITARS IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF PROFESSIONAL INSPECTION/OVERHAUL, REPAIR OR MAJOR RESTORATION - PAGES 2 TO 7.
Not only the VTG speciality of Vintage Harmony, Stella & other Chicago/USA-made guitars, but also a variety of guitar types new & old, including Customer's Commission Sales.
 
GUITARS AVAILABLE - RESTORATION - GUITARS AVAILABLE ON "PRE-ORDER" PENDING COMPLETION OF PROFESSIONAL INSPECTION/OVERHAUL, REPAIR OR MAJOR RESTORATION - PAGES 2 TO 7.
Including the VTG speciality of Vintage Harmony, Harmony-made Stella & other Chicago/USA-made guitars, from the 1930s, right through to the closure of Harmony's Chicago production in 1975.
 
GUITARS CURRENTLY "IN THE WORKSHOP" - GUITARS ALREADY "PRE-ORDERED" AND IN COURSE OF PROFESSIONAL INSPECTION/OVERHAUL, REPAIR OR MAJOR RESTORATION PAGE 9.
Usually examples of the VTG speciality of Vintage Harmony, Stella & other Chicago/USA-made guitars, particularly Tenors, both Harmony Archtop & Stella & Stella 12-strings & Parlors.
 
PRIVATE COLLECTION - DETAILS OF GUITARS NOT FOR SALE, AT LEAST NOT CURRENTLY, SOME ALSO IN COURSE OF PROFESSIONAL INSPECTION/OVERHAUL, REPAIR OR MAJOR RESTORATION - PAGE 10.
Not only the VTG speciality of Vintage Harmony, Stella & other Chicago/USA-made guitars, but also a variety of guitar types new & old, including Solid-body & Archtop/Jazzer Electrics.
 
SALES ARCHIVE - FOR INTEREST, INCLUDING GUITARS SOLD FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF PROFESSIONAL INSPECTION/OVERHAUL, REPAIR OR MAJOR RESTORATION & SOME CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALES.
Not only the VTG speciality of Vintage Harmony, Stella & other Chicago/USA-made guitars, but also a variety of guitar types new & old, including Customer's Commission Sales.
 
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