Brief details of previously sold USA National Original & Modern Traditional National & Dobro Type Resonator guitars - see "VTG AVAILABLE" listings, for similar available guitars or contact me.
As with other VTG Archive pages the guitars shown here reflect my likes & interests in terms of vintage guitars, particularly Blues Guitars.

From 1930s Harmony & Regal made Wood-bodied Dobro Resonators and Faux Resonators to Modern Traditionally designed Repro models the Resonator or Dobro, whatever you call it is essential to many forms of Blues, Bluegrass & Country Music.
Here are some, not all, of the Resonator 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 *** TANGLEWOOD TBS600 SPIDER RESONATOR BLUES/SLIDE GUITAR - National Style F-Holes Cherry Sunburst Maple Top Spider Single Cone Bound Rosewood Fingerboard Great Condition, Play, Sound & Vibe - VTG1125 Photo #2.


*** SOLD *** TANGLEWOOD TBS700 "BLUE SOUND" ACOUSTIC SPIDER RESONATOR BLUES/BOTTLENECK GUITAR - Great Traditional Dobro-Style Looks Excellent Condition, Sound & Playing Low Action Newtone Michael Messer National Strings - Sold to gigging player in London - VTG1207 - Photo #3.

2012 SALES:

*** SOLD *** OZARK 3515 SPIDER RESONATOR ACOUSTIC BLUES/BOTTLENECK/SLIDE/BLUEGRASS GUITAR - Roundneck Dobro Spruce & Mahogany Body Single Spider-Bridge Cone Superb Sound Newtone Michael Messer National Strings - Sold to buyer in Oxfordshire - VTG1314 - Photo #4.


*** SOLD *** SKYLARK 12 FRET/SLOTTED HEADSTOCK SINGLE CONE ROUNDNECK STEEL RESONATOR BLUES GUITAR - Duolian style Great Condition Sound & Play Case Included Near new condition except for added White Pearloid Scratchplate styled on those fitted to original models around 1936-1937 - Sold on behalf of the "Big Daddy of British Blues" Perry Foster to happy buyer in Kent! - VTGC1005 - Photo #1.

2014 SALES:

*** SOLD QUICKLY! *** BUSKER "DELTA" 12 FRET SLOTTED HEADSTOCK TRADITIONAL RESONATOR GUITAR WITH CASE - Near New Condition. Classic steel bodied, single cone, with a tough 'aged grey' plating, another ex-Perry Foster guitar - the "Big Daddy of British Blues" - to buyer in County Durham "under the Christmas Tree!" - 141204 - VTG1489 - Photo #5.

2015 SALES:

*** SOLD *** GRETSCH AMPLI-SONIC G9220 BOBTAIL RESONATOR GUITAR W/FISHMAN NASHVILLE P/U - Near New Condition. "Roots Collection" Classic Round Neck, Wood Bodied, 12 Fret/Slotted Headstock, Gretsch Ampli-sonic cone - Tony Boadle, Skibbereen, County Cork, who sent this feedback and consent to to attribute:-
...."Buying a guitar from a distance (I'm in Ireland) can be a stressful business. Thankfully I chose to deal with Bob Chaffer.
The transaction was smoothly handled, and the instrument was as described in every respect. 5 stars to VTG!"...."I have to say that I'm absolutely delighted, I sat for over an hour just pickin' away, purely for the pleasure of it......something I haven't done for years. I honestly can't fault it, it's exactly right for me and definitely my "keeper" guitar. I particularly like the parlour size, so easy to hold and play (especially as I switch between banjo and guitar repeatedly during gigs.
So thanks again for the chance to own this instrument, I must now introduce it to life in Irish bars, St Patrick's Day approaches!" - 150301 - VTG1492 - Photo #6.


*** SOLD *** MICHAEL MESSER MM LIGHTNING 2011 NICKEL-PLATED BRASS 12-FRET BLUES TRADITIONAL RESONATOR - Sparingly used 2011 model, with Pod Case, Purchase Certificate & 2 Extra sets of Newtone/MM National Strings included - Sold to buyer in Manchester - 151002 - VTGC1027 - Photo #7.

2016 SALES:

*** SOLD *** NATIONAL RESO-PHONIC POLYCHROME TRICONE 2006 BLUES TRADITIONAL RESONATOR 12-FRET GUITAR - Superb, Steel-Bodied, Modern Traditional Tricone, Vintage/Art Deco Styling, Little-used Mint Condition in Original Case - Sold to buyer in Devon - 160902 - VTGC1033 - Photo #8.

All guitars are prepared to the same high standards as the scores of other vintage and modern guitars, which I have restored/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 12th. fret action of around 3mm. to 3.5mm. on Resonator guitars, but each guitar is setup for correct playability, and for Lap Slide playing, the action can be readily raised using a Nut Riser costing only a few pounds.

I fit Martin Bronze Light 12 Gauge Strings as standard on most Acoustics, but have used Newtone Michael Messer National Strings on Resonators, but happy to fit other string types/gauges to buyer's choice.

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 ****

You can find numerous vintage resonator clips on YouTube, including the one embedded here..."Dobro resonator guitar. My 1937-1940 Dobro. Likely made at the Regal factory" by "madrone55".

Additional Link #1 is to YouTube clip entitled "National Polychrome Tricone Guitar" by "oatmeal7" & the second link is another YouTube clip by BottleneckJohn - "1930's resonator guitar blues."
Useful links
YouTube clip - National Polychrome Tricone Guitar - oatmeal7
YouTube clip by BottleneckJohn - 1930's resonator guitar blues
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