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 RESTORATION SELECTION *** BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT GUITARS *** HARMONY USA ACOUSTIC MODELS FROM 1950s/1960s/1970s.VTG CURRENT RESTORATION *** CLASSICAL/BOSSA NOVA/SAMBA VINTAGE *** DI GIORGIO 1972 STUDENT NO.18 SPRUCE/BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD GUITAR - VTG1519 - PRE-ORDERED!VTG AVAILABLE RESTORATION *** BLUES, JAZZ & SWING VINTAGE ARCHTOP *** HARMONY H945 MASTER USA 1966 ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1150.
VTG AVAILABLE - NOW! *** BLUES, JAZZ & SWING TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP *** WASHBURN J-6 MONTGOMERY SPRUCE & MAPLE c.2000 L-5 TYPE 17VTG RESTORATION SELECTION *** VINTAGE CLASSICAL GUITARS *** ENGLISH, SPANISH & JAPANESE MADE FROM 1950s TO THE 1980s.VTG SALES ARCHIVE *** ELECTRIC JAZZ GUITARS *** USA MADE ARCHTOPS FROM 1950s-1970s, MODERN HOLLOW & BIG BODIED JAZZERS.
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 NEW! & NOW! *** PAGES 1 TO 4 *** GUITARS RESTORED & IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE - SEE BELOW MAIN CATEGORY HEADINGS OF VARIOUS GUITARS TYPES I RESTORE & SELL.
*** OPEN FOR ONLINE & TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES MOST DAYS, EXCEPT THURSDAY SEPT. 8 THIS WEEK & VTG CLOSED FOR BUSINESS SEPT. 15 TO SEPT. 22 INCLUSIVE.
 
VTG AVAILABLE - NEW! *** BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR *** HARMONY STELLA H929 USA VINTAGE 1964 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1535.
Great Character, Really Excellent Professionally Restored Condition, Great Blues Tone & Volume!
£459
VTG AVAILABLE - NOW! *** BLUES TRADITIONAL RESONATOR *** NATIONAL RESO-PHONIC POLYCHROME TRICONE 2006 12-FRET GUITAR - VTGC1033 - NOW SOLD.
Superb, Steel-Bodied, Modern Traditional Tricone, Vintage/Art Deco Style, Little-used Mint Condition in Original Case.
SOLD
VTG AVAILABLE - NOW! *** BLUES VINTAGE TERZ/THREE-QUARTER SIZE *** HARMONY H162 3/4 USA 1966 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY GUITAR - VTG1485 - NOW SOLD.
21.5" Scale Ladder Braced Great Condition Sound & Play, plus Raised G tuning option - "In the Workshop" for restoration, but already "pre-ordered" - now completed & sold.
SOLD
VTG AVAILABLE - NOW! *** BLUES VINTAGE TERZ/THREE-QUARTER SIZE *** HARMONY STELLA H929 3/4 USA 1965 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1452.
21.5" Scale, Ladder Braced, Great Condition, Sound & Play, plus Raised G tuning option - "In the Workshop" for restoration - but now completed!
£459
VTG AVAILABLE - NOW! *** BLUES, JAZZ & SWING TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP *** WASHBURN J-6 MONTGOMERY SPRUCE & MAPLE C.2000 L-5 TYPE 17" GUITAR - VTG1529.
Mature, Iconic Style, Deep-bodied Blond Jazzer. Excellent Professionally Overhauled Condition, Playability, Sound & Vibe.
£529
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