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 RESTORATIONS RECENTLY SOLD *** BLUES, JAZZ & SWING VINTAGE ARCHTOP *** HARMONY H950 MONTEREY USA 1963 VTG AVAILABLE - PAGE 4 - RESTORATION *** BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR *** HARMONY STELLA H927 CHICAGO, USA 1970 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1513.VTG SALES ARCHIVE *** BLUES VINTAGE 3/4 SIZE/TERZ GUITARS *** USA HARMONY & STELLA MODELS FROM 1940s TO 1960s.
VTG RESTORATIONS RECENTLY SOLD *** CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE *** KIMBARA HIGH-QUALITY LATE 1960s/c.1970 MIJ SPRUCE & ROSEWOOD CONCERT GUITAR - VTGC1019 - NOW SOLD!VTG SALES ARCHIVE *** BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT GUITARS *** HARMONY USA ACOUSTIC MODELS FROM 1950s/1960s/1970s.VTG AVAILABLE - PAGE 3 - RESTORATION *** BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT *** HARMONY H162 CHICAGO, USA 1965 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1514.
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
*** VTG AVAILABLE *** PAGES 1 TO 6 *** GUITARS BOTH IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE & ALSO AWAITING RESTORATION, AVAILABLE FOR "PRE-ORDER - SEE BELOW MAIN GUITAR TYPES I RESTORE & SELL.
*** OPEN FOR ONLINE & TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES MOST DAYS THIS WEEK.
 
VTG AVAILABLE - PAGE 1 - READY TO GO! *** CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE *** N. KUNIHARU K50 C.LATE 1970S HIGH-QUALITY MIJ SOLID WESTERN RED CEDAR TOP CONCERT GUITAR - VTGC1034.
Rare & Exceptional Quality, Beautifully Appointed, Japanese Handcrafted Classical Guitar, in Fantastically Good Condition.
£499
VTG AVAILABLE - PAGE 1 - READY TO GO! *** CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE *** TAMA 3550P C.1973 HIGH-QUALITY MIJ WESTERN RED CEDAR TOP "GRAND CONCERT" GUITAR - VTGC1032.
Exceptional Quality, Beautifully Appointed, Western Red Cedar & Rosewood MIJ Guitar, in Superb Condition, with probably Original Case - see Juan Orozco & Kohno link info.
£499
VTG AVAILABLE - PAGE 1 - READY TO GO! *** CROSSOVER VINTAGE CLASSICAL/FOLK *** ESPANA SL-1 B&J BJARTON SWEDISH 1961 SPRUCE & SAPELE GUITAR - VTG1325.
Currently Nylon Strung, but Metal Roller Tuners + 45mm. Nut Width Fingerboard suggest early Hybrid design model version for either Nylon or Silk & Steel Strings.
£399
VTG AVAILABLE - PAGE 1 - READY TO GO! *** DREADNOUGHT VINTAGE *** KISO SUZUKI TAKEHARU WT-100 1975 MIJ SPRUCE & MAHOGANY GUITAR - VTG1484.
Restrained Quality Styling, Excellent Sound & Play, New Martin Strings - minor overhaul has been completed, including fingerboard re-levelling & re-fret.
£349
VTG AVAILABLE - PAGE 1 - RESTORATION *** BLUES VINTAGE FAUX RESONATOR *** HARMONY USA 1936 SOLID BIRCH BODIED ACOUSTIC GUITAR W/ORIG. PUNCHED METAL COVER PLATE - VTG1542.
Fully Original 1930s "A poor man's Blues instrument" V-Neck 12 Fret Faux Flame/Dark Sunburst Finish - "In the Workshop" for restoration & available to "pre-order"!
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