Vintage Classical & Flamenco Guitars, not yet "In the Workshop" for restoration, but available to "pre-order".


The current selection of Classical & Flamenco Guitars I have in the process of, or waiting for restoration.

When it comes to Classical Guitars, like all the guitars I sell, it comes down to the guitars I like, with the proviso of affordability. So, you will see Vintage Japanese Classicals....Kimbara, Suzuki, etc., which I think represent great value, but the spread is wider...both geographically.....Spanish & Brazilian, in addition to English made Petersen guitars, and also in price terms, extending into the range of a couple of original Petersen models, made by Harald Petersen, rather than later ones by his sons, although I have sold a number of those in the past.

Spanish makers strongly represented in my past throughput include Alhambra, whose early models from the second half of the 1960s, 1970s and early '80s are a particular liking, accepting their rather basic appointments at time, and also Raimundo models, generally slightly more recent, and Rodrguez, together with some more modern ones, including the odd Admira. From Brazil, both Giannini and Di Giorgio are firm favourites, the later having become much more sought after it seems.

Amongst them Flamencos are very much in the minority, which disappoints me, as I think that they are wonderful instruments in the right hands, and something I hope to see more of in the future.
Models currently "In the Workshop" - Some of the photos displayed are the individual guitars, prior to preparation and some are from my archive, of other examples sold in the past. Please contact me for Prices and further details.


ALHAMBRA VINTAGE c.1970 SOLID CEDAR/MAHOGANY SPANISH MADE CLASSICAL GUITAR - Excellent Sound and Play, Professional Overhaul/Repairs to be completed - See full "VTG Restoration" Listing - VTG1008 - Photo #3.


ESPANA/BJARTON - VTG1325 - Details & Photo to be added.


FRANCISCO CLASSICAL - VTG1027 - Details & Photo to be added.


GIANNINI CLASSICAL - VTG1150 - Details & Photo to be added.


JOSE ALVAREZ CLASSICAL - VTG1376 - Details & Photo to be added.


KIMBARA MODEL NO. N106 VINTAGE Early 1970s MIJ SPRUCE/OVANGKOL/MAHOGANY CLASSICAL/SPANISH GUITAR - Excellent Restored Condition Sound & Play New La Bella Strings - See full "VTG Live" listing - VTG1482 - Photo to be added but similar to photo #2 - NOW COMPLETED & SOLD.


KIMBARA MODEL NOS. N105 &176/F VINTAGE 1970s MIJ CLASSICAL/SPANISH GUITARS - Excellent Restored Condition Sound & Play New La Bella Strings - VTG1486 & 1522 - photos to be added but similar to photo #2.


HARALD PETERSEN CLASSICAL - MODEL "A" SPRUCE & MAPLE CONCERT SPANISH GUITAR FROM THE MID-1950s - "The Original Petersen" - To be extensively restored/part rebuilt - VTG1252 - Photo to be added - Now Reserved on Pre-order.


PETERSEN CLASSICAL - LATER MODEL "A" CONCERT GUITAR FROM THE PETERSEN SONS DATED 1978 - Arrival awaited to confirm condition, but this is a returning guitar I sold 3 1/2 years ago and I'm not expecting to have to do any restoration - VTG1506 - Photo/description to be added - NOW SOLD.


KISO SUZUKI TAKEHARU G-120 VINTAGE 1973 CLASSICAL - VTG1369 - Details & Photo to be added.


VICENTE TATAY TOMAS CLASSICAL - 1988 - VTG1323 - Details & Photo to be added - NOW SOLD.


HIJOS de VICENTE TATAY FLAMENCO - PEGHEAD - 1950s/1960s - VTG1077 - Details & Photo to be added.

All these guitars will be restored to the same high standards as the scores of other Vintage Guitars which I have restored and sold over the years.

The concentration is on structural soundness and playability, rather than any cosmetic touching-up, and certainly no ill-advised refinishing, but of course the guitars are sympathetically cleaned, setup and re-strung, as part restoration.

For individual details on the various guitars, and the restoration work being done on them, please do contact me by email or telephone.
Action, strings & cases
I set out to achieve a Classical 12th. fret action of around 3.5mm. to 4mm....some professional & high standard Classical guitarists will favour even higher action, but if that sounds high to you, please bear in mind that we are in a totally different world of guitar-playing here, to which we cannot apply the "all my guitars have an action of less than 2mm." approach. These are Classical Guitars with dedicated Nylon Strings with much deeper vibration characteristics than steel strings. Higher clearance is required to avoid what can be the ugly sound of strings clattering on the fretboard, although Flamenco players do use this to good effect and their guitars are set to lower action heights.

I fit La Bella USA strings as standard, usually Elite Series 850 or 900 with either Black or Golden Trebles, or 820 Flamenco Red Nylons where appropriate.

The guitars sometimes do not come with cases, although some do have older type but sturdy cases. Alternatively, I may be able to offer a suitable size Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case, offering infinitely better protection. Additional case prices available on request.
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Delivery details
You are welcome to come and try out the guitars available, and of course to collect your guitar. Alternatively I may be able to deliver in person, within reasonable distance, at cost. Otherwise, I will pack securely and post as per arrangements made with you.

Postage Costs:-
To U.K. Addresses £15.00 or £25 for Next Day Delivery.
To European Addresses £30.00 to £60.00, depending on size, weight, value and delivery location.

If you need further information postage costs/timing/insurance or advice on other matters, please contact me via Contact form above, telephone 01543 677140. If no immediate response, I may be contactable via my mobile number 07970 832955, and I will do my best to answer any questions.


In addition to hundreds of UK sales, during the last few years I have sold and had safely delivered many guitars to buyers in EU Countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, and also to Switzerland and Norway. I am always happy to advise potential buyers from throughout Europe with regard to postage arrangements and delivery costs.


In addition to the testimonials on the Home Page, to see the hundreds of complimentary feedback comments kindly left for me by eBay buyers, please check out my eBay ID "vintagetraditionalguitars", and eBay Shop "Vintage and Traditional Guitars".


I have a stock of guitars which is added to regularly, but some tend to take a little time to find their way through my workshop, so if you do not see what you are looking for on my website currently, please enquire - who knows, I may have just what you are looking for!

**** YOUTUBE ****

Not having found clips of guitars similar to the ones I have available, I found the clip I have now embedded of the Eric Clapton piece "Signe" - cover by Martin O'Rourke ("natrelacoustix") on what turns out to be also a Model No. 169 Kimbara Classical!

I have added a clip of a favourite piece, Francisco Tarrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra played with the Flamenco Tremolo (piami) on a Flamenco guitar as Link #1, and Concierto de Aranjuez - Adagio - Joaquín Rodrigo played by Paco de Lucía as Link #2.
Useful links
YouTube clip - Francisco Tarrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra played by atrafana
YouTube Clip - Concierto de Aranjuez - Adagio - Joaquín Rodrigo - Paco de Lucía
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