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.
PAGE 1 - VTG RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT - HARMONY H162 CHICAGO, USA 1965 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1514.PAGE 1 - VTG RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY ARCHTONE H1215T CHICAGO, USA 1948 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1546.PAGE 1 - VTG RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY STELLA H917 CHICAGO, USA 1945 WARTIME SLOTTED HEADSTOCK/V-NECK/12 FRET GUITAR - VTG1442.
AVAILABLE GUITARS INVENTORY & ARCHIVE - AVAILABLE AS INDICATED, EITHER "READY TO GO!" OR "IN THE WORKSHOP" & AVAILABLE FOR "PRE-ORDER", PLUS ARCHIVE OF PAST RESTORATIONS & SALES FOR INTEREST.PAGE 1 - VTG NEWLY AVAILABLE, OVERHAULED & READY TO GO! - STRATOCASTER ELECTRIC GUITAR - FENDER SQUIER, MADE IN JAPAN, 1993/1994 SERIAL NUMBER - VTG1548.ENQUIRIES - VTG IS OPEN FOR ONLINE & PHONE SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES MOST DAYS, BUT IF NOT IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE, PLEASE LEAVE ME A MESSAGE. GUITARS CAN BE VIEWED BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT.
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
AVAILABLE GUITARS INVENTORY & ARCHIVE - AVAILABLE AS INDICATED, EITHER "READY TO GO!" OR "IN THE WORKSHOP" & AVAILABLE FOR "PRE-ORDER", PLUS ARCHIVE OF PAST RESTORATIONS & SALES FOR INTEREST.
Not only the VTG speciality of Vintage Harmony, Stella & other Chicago/USA-made guitars, plus a variety of guitar types modern & vintage, including Customer's Commission Sales. *PRICES QUOTED ARE FOR THE COMPLETED RESTORED GUITAR.*
 
ENQUIRIES - VTG IS OPEN FOR ONLINE & PHONE SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES MOST DAYS, BUT IF NOT IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE, PLEASE LEAVE ME A MESSAGE. GUITARS CAN BE VIEWED BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT.
Still experiencing some website operational difficulties, including photo upload....apologies if some info. may be incomplete, or photos appearing in random order....will be corrected as soon as possible.
 
PAGE 1 - VTG NEWLY AVAILABLE, OVERHAULED & READY TO GO! - STRATOCASTER ELECTRIC GUITAR - FENDER SQUIER, MADE IN JAPAN, 1993/1994 SERIAL NUMBER - VTG1548.
Excellent Original, Overhauled Condition, Fender Pure Nickel strings, White with 3-Ply Red Tort. Scratchplate, Rosewood 9.5" Rad., '60s-style 21 fret Fingerboard.
POA
PAGE 1 - VTG RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY ARCHTONE H1215T CHICAGO, USA 1948 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1546.
All Solid Birch 23" Scale, All Original, Prof. Restored, Excellent Structural/Playing Condition - "In the Workshop", restoration nearing completion & available to "pre-order"!
£799
PAGE 1 - VTG RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT - HARMONY H162 CHICAGO, USA 1965 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1514.
All Solid Woods, Professional Restoration Condition, Excellent Condition, Sound & Playing - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration, available for pre-order, pending restoration!
£599
PAGE 1 - VTG RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY STELLA H917 CHICAGO, USA 1945 WARTIME SLOTTED HEADSTOCK/V-NECK/12 FRET GUITAR - VTG1442.
All Solid Birch Ladder Braced Slot Headstock Floating Bridge & Original Wooden Wartime Tailpiece - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration & available to "pre-order"!
£599
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