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.
HOME 3: GALLERY: HARMONY VINTAGE STELLA GUITARS - CHICAGO, USA MADE, 1940s TO 1970s, ALL SOLID BIRCH, LADDER BRACED, 6-STRING PARLOR & TERZ/3-4 SIZE, TENOR/4-STRING, 12-STRING & MANDOLINS.HOME 6: VINTAGE NON-USA & MODERN WORLDWIDE STEEL-STRING FLATTOP 6 & 12-STRING, RESONATOR, MANDOLIN. PLUS CLASSICAL/NYLON-STRUNG, ACOUSTIC & ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC, 1950s TO PRESENT DAY.HOME 2: DIY PROJECT RESTORATIONS - DUE TO REVISIONS IN THE VTG OPERATIONS, SOME OF MY STOCK OF VINTAGE GUITARS MAY BECOME AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN EXISTING PROJECT CONDITION.
HOME 4: KAY & OTHER VINTAGE USA ACOUSTICS - MADE IN CHICAGO & OTHER CENTRES, 1920s TO 1960s, BIRCH, SPRUCE/MAHOGANY 6-STRING PARLOR, FLATTOP, ARCHTOP & TENOR/4-STRING ACOUSTICS & MANDOLINS.HOME 5: VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC GUITARS - 1950s TO PRESENT-DAY, HARMONY, KAY & OTHER USA MADE ARCHTOP, MIJ & MIK SOLID & HOLLOW-BODY ARCHTOP, PLUS UK LUTHIER-BUILT.HOME 1: ENQUIRIES - VTG IS USUALLY OPEN FOR ONLINE & PHONE SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES MOST DAYS, BUT IF NOT IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE, PLEASE LEAVE ME A MESSAGE. GUITARS CAN BE VIEWED BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT.
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
HOME 1: ENQUIRIES - VTG IS USUALLY OPEN FOR ONLINE & PHONE SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES MOST DAYS, BUT IF NOT IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE, PLEASE LEAVE ME A MESSAGE. GUITARS CAN BE VIEWED BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT.
Pages Include - VTG INVENTORY - Available Guitars, either "AVAILABLE NOW!" or "RESTORATIONS AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER", - In the Workshop + ARCHIVE of past restorations/sales for interest.
 
HOME 2: DIY PROJECT RESTORATIONS - DUE TO REVISIONS IN THE VTG OPERATIONS, SOME OF MY STOCK OF VINTAGE GUITARS MAY BECOME AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN EXISTING PROJECT CONDITION.
Details of available guitars will follow when available, but meantime if you are looking for a DIY Project, please contact me with details of requirements.
 
HOME 3: GALLERY: HARMONY VINTAGE STELLA GUITARS - CHICAGO, USA MADE, 1940S TO 1970S, ALL SOLID BIRCH, LADDER BRACED, 6-STRING PARLOR & TERZ/3-4 SIZE, TENOR/4-STRING, 12-STRING & MANDOLINS.
Made after Harmony acquired Stella name & other assets of Oscar Schmidt Co. in 1939. Includes identical construction models made for Store/Mail Order company brand names, Silvertone, Airline, Regal & others.
 
HOME 4: KAY & OTHER VINTAGE USA ACOUSTICS - MADE IN CHICAGO & OTHER CENTRES, 1920S TO 1960S, BIRCH, SPRUCE/MAHOGANY 6-STRING PARLOR, FLATTOP, ARCHTOP & TENOR/4-STRING ACOUSTICS & MANDOLINS.
In addition to Kay, and Kay-made brands like Old Kraftsman, includes many other iconic USA brand names including Lyon & Healy, PMICo/Collegiate (Oscar Schmidt?), Bronson, Oahu, Regal, Carl Fischer, Playtime, S S Stewart, etc.
 
HOME 5: VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC GUITARS - 1950S TO PRESENT-DAY, HARMONY, KAY & OTHER USA MADE ARCHTOP, MIJ & MIK SOLID & HOLLOW-BODY ARCHTOP, PLUS UK LUTHIER-BUILT.
Ranging from Chicago, USA made vintage from the 1950s & '60s, though 1970s Japanese made guitars, to later quality Korean made and to this century custom luthier made instruments.
 
HOME 6: VINTAGE NON-USA & MODERN WORLDWIDE STEEL-STRING FLATTOP 6 & 12-STRING, RESONATOR, MANDOLIN. PLUS CLASSICAL/NYLON-STRUNG, ACOUSTIC & ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC, 1950S TO PRESENT DAY.
Ranging from 1950s/'60s Luthier built, through Japanese made vintage 1970s, to later quality Korean made, and to this century custom UK Luthier made instruments, and high-end guitars from China.
 
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