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 SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - DREADNOUGHT VINTAGE - KISO SUZUKI TAKEHARU WT-100 1975 MIJ SPRUCE & MAHOGANY GUITAR - VTG1484 - NOW SOLD! (a)VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - F-STYLE BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN - ASHBURY GR-3138 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAPLE SCROLL BODY ACOUSTIC - VTGC1043 - NOW SOLD! (a)VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - DREADNOUGHT VINTAGE - IBANEZ 952 JAPANESE-MADE 1976 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY FLATTOP/ARCHED BACK GUITAR - VTGC1039 - NOW SOLD!
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - ELECTRIC VINTAGE GUITAR - CMI MARSHALL LATE 1970s MIJ HERITAGE CHERRY SUNBURST LES PAUL CUSTOM - VTG1018 - NOW SOLD! (a)VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE - N. KUNIHARU K50 c.LATE 1970s MIJ SOLID WESTERN RED CEDAR TOP CONCERT GUITAR - VTGC1040 - NOW SOLD! (a)VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE - TAMA 3550P c.1973 MIJ WESTERN RED CEDAR TOP "GRAND CONCERT" GUITAR - VTGC1041 - QUICKLY SOLD! (a)
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 SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE - N. KUNIHARU K50 C.LATE 1970S MIJ SOLID WESTERN RED CEDAR TOP CONCERT GUITAR - VTGC1040 - NOW SOLD! (A)
Rare & Exceptional Quality, Beautifully Appointed, Japanese Handcrafted, Western Red Cedar & Rosewood MIJ Classical Guitar, in Really Very Nice Condition.
SOLD
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE - TAMA 3550P C.1973 MIJ WESTERN RED CEDAR TOP "GRAND CONCERT" GUITAR - VTGC1041 - QUICKLY SOLD! (A)
Exceptional Quality, Beautifully Appointed, Western Red Cedar & Rosewood MIJ Guitar, in Beautiful Condition, with probably Original Case - see Juan Orozco & Kohno link info.
SOLD
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - DREADNOUGHT VINTAGE - IBANEZ 952 JAPANESE-MADE 1976 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY FLATTOP/ARCHED BACK GUITAR - VTGC1039 - NOW SOLD!
Maker's 1976 Catalog Description: "Full Reflection Braceless Construction", Restrained Quality Styling with echoes of J45/J50, Excellent Sound & Play, Minor overhaul completed.
SOLD
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - DREADNOUGHT VINTAGE - KISO SUZUKI TAKEHARU WT-100 1975 MIJ SPRUCE & MAHOGANY GUITAR - VTG1484 - NOW SOLD! (A)
Restrained Quality Styling, Excellent Sound & Play, New Martin Strings - minor overhaul has been completed, including fingerboard re-levelling & re-fret.
SOLD
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - ELECTRIC VINTAGE GUITAR - CMI MARSHALL LATE 1970S MIJ HERITAGE CHERRY SUNBURST LES PAUL CUSTOM - VTG1018 - NOW SOLD! (A)
Excellent Professionally Overhauled & Set-up Condition, including Fret Stoning & Re-profiling, Gold Hardware, part aged/worn, part replaced.
SOLD
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - F-STYLE BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN - ASHBURY GR-3138 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAPLE SCROLL BODY ACOUSTIC - VTGC1043 - NOW SOLD! (A)
Professionally Overhauled, Set-up & Re-strung, by Colin Keefe, Luthier, Long Eaton, Nottingham. Really Excellent Condition, Sound & Play!
SOLD
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