Brief details of previously sold Classical & Flamenco guitars - see "VTG AVAILABLE" listings, in the Classical Guitar section, for similar available guitars or contact me.
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 another page of the Vintage Japanese Classicals I have sold....Kimbara, Suzuki, etc., which I think represent great value, but on this page 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 Luthier-made Petersen A & B models, and a couple of Ramirez Studio guitars.

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.
Here are some, not all, of the Classical Guitars I have sold in recent times - in some cases other examples of the same models may be currently available, or at least "in the workshop". Please enquire for current availability, prices and further details.


*** SOLD *** PETERSEN VINTAGE 1977 MODEL "B" CLASSICAL CONCERT GUITAR - Excellent Condition, Sound & Playing Guitar made by the Petersen sons - VTG1053 - Photo #8.


*** SOLD *** JUAN MONTES RODRIGUEZ LUTHIER SPANISH CLASSICAL GUITAR - A Fine Guitar sold to my son Tom Chaffer, who has played it on recordings on the "Intoxicated" Album by his band Dyonisis - Photo #11.


*** SOLD *** ALHAMBRA 2F VINTAGE 1970s ALL SOLID WOODS FLAMENCO/CLASSICAL GUITAR - Excellent Condition - quote from email from Alhambra Factory - "Solid Spruce top(from the North of Spain) and the back and sides are made of solid Platanus Acerifolia" (London Plane?) - VTG1002 - Photo #10.

2012 SALES:

*** SOLD *** PETERSEN MODEL "A" VINTAGE 1975 CLASSICAL GUITAR - Excellent Condition, Sound & Playing Guitar made by the Petersen sons - VTG1268 - Photo #2.


*** SOLD *** MANUEL RODRIGUEZ CABALLERO C1/MATE SOLID TOP MATURE SPANISH CLASSICAL GUITAR - Great Sound/Play New Bone Nut Saddle & La Bella Strings Minor overhaul I completed included purpose making and fitting new Bone Nut & Saddle - VTG1333 - Photo #7.

2013 SALES:

*** SOLD *** RAMIREZ VINTAGE 1950s SPRUCE & MAHOGANY STUDIO LABEL SPANISH CLASSICAL GUITAR w/CASE - Luthier Repaired Restored Condition Exceptional Sound/Volume and Condition Excellent Action Major repairs completed in 1995 by Tobias Braun - VTG1114 - Photo #1.


*** SOLD *** PETERSEN VINTAGE 1964 ENGLISH LUTHIER MADE CLASSICAL GUITAR - Rare & Unusual Guitar with Sitka Spruce top made by Thomas Petersen - VTG1315 - Photo #9.


*** SOLD *** GIANNINI AWN21 VINTAGE 1978 SPRUCE AND BRAZILIAN WALNUT CLASSICAL/BOSSA NOVA GUITAR - Excellent Condition Sound & Play w/Shorter Scale & New La Bella Strings All Original with no past repairs - VTG1385 - Photo #5.


*** SOLD *** ADMIRA SOMBRA SOLID CEDAR TOP STRIKING "NEGRA" SPANISH MADE CLASSICAL GUITAR - Excellent Condition Sound & Play New La Bella Strings - Minimal Overhaul I carried out included cleat repair to localised top crack - VTG1302 - Photo #3.


*** SOLD *** ALHAMBRA 3C VINTAGE 1973 RESTORED SOLID CEDAR & MAHOGANY SPANISH MADE CLASSICAL GUITAR - Excellent Sound and Condition, with Professionally Completed Repairs - Minimal restoration I carried out included cleating repairs to minor age cracks - VTG1005 - Photo #4.


*** SOLD *** RAIMUNDO Mod.112 MATURE SOLID SPRUCE TOP & MAHOGANY SPANISH CLASSICAL GUITAR - Excellent Condition Sound & Play New La Bella Strings - VTG1368 - Photo #6.

2016 SALES:

*** SOLD *** PETERSEN MODEL "A" VINTAGE 1978 BRITISH LUTHIER MADE CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE CONCERT GUITAR - Iconic Maker, Western Red Cedar & Maple/Sycamore, Excellent Condition & Play - Sold to buyer in Somerset - "Lovely rich mellow sound" - VTG1506 -160102.


*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** DI GIORGIO STUDENT NO.18 VINTAGE 1972 SPRUCE/PAU FERRO CLASSICAL/BOSSA NOVA/SAMBA GUITAR - very extensive restoration including neck reinforcement, re-levelling fingerboard & re-fretting, refinishing top, back & neck due to heavy crazing of original finish, re-setting the bridge, with new back edge binduing & bone saddlepre-order for a customer in Leeds whose feedback included - "ideal for the Bossa recording project I mentioned" - VTG1519 - 160201.

2018 SALES:

*** SOLD *** ESPANA SL-1 B&J BJARTON RARE VERSION SWEDISH VINTAGE 1961 SPRUCE & SAPELE CLASSICAL/FOLK/CROSSOVER GUITAR - Previously Nylon Strung, but Metal Roller Tuners + 45mm. Nut Width Fingerboard suggest unusual early Hybrid design model version for either Nylon or Silk & Steel Strings - sold to an existing customer in Germany for his third VTG purchase! - VTG1325 -


*** SOLD *** HARALD PETERSEN MODEL "B" VINTAGE VINTAGE 1966 BRITISH LUTHIER MADE CLASSICAL/SPANISH CONCERT GUITAR - RARE OPPORTUNITY! - SOLD OVERNIGHT! - Iconic Maker, Spruce & Rosewood, Really Exceptional Condition & Play, "One Owner from new" until recently, and now with further provenance! - VTGC1044 -

All guitars are restored to the same high standards as the scores of other Classical 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 availability and 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, but happy to discuss other string types/tensions to buyer's requirements.

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 usually £15.00 for Next Day Delivery.
To European Addresses £30.00 to £50.00, 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".


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 ****

Unfortunately, and perhaps surprisingly, I haven't been able to find any YouTube clips of similar vintage Ramirez Studio, Petersen or Alhambra Classicals, or vintage Alhambra Flamencos, but very fortunately there is an excellent YouTube clip, which I have embedded here, of a piece named "Cheio de Dedos" by Brazilian Composer Guinga being played on a 1977 example of the same model Giannini AWN21 guitar, by "TheSetras".

Not finding other clips of guitars similar to the ones sold, I have embedded 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 - Joaqu�n Rodrigo played by Paco de Luc�a as Link #2.
Useful links
YouTube clip - Francisco Tarrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra played by atrafana
YouTube Clip - Concierto de Aranjuez - Adagio - Joaquin Rodrigo - Paco de Lucia
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