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.
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - HANDCRAFTED JUMBO ACOUSTIC - ROB ARMSTRONG 1993 SPRUCE/WALNUT/EBONY GUITAR, PRO. REFURB/UPGRADE - VTGC1063 - NOW SOLD!INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - EASTMAN 2009 AR910CE, ALL SOLID CARVED SERIES, FLOATING NECK P/UP & P/GUARD CONTROLS - VTGC1065.INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 2: CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - LUTHIER-BUILT ELECTRIC - COLIN KEEFE "L" MODEL 2006 LES PAUL SPECIAL STYLE GUITAR, SEYMOUR DUNCAN HUMBUCKER P/UPS - VTGC1060.
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - RESTORATION COMPLETED - BLUES VINTAGE 12-STRING - HARMONY STELLA H922 CHICAGO, USA 1964 ALL SOLID BIRCH, LADDER BRACED, 12 FRET GUITAR - VTG1524.INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - WASHBURN J-10 ORLEANS 1997 SPRUCE/FLAMED SYCAMORE 17" DEEP-BODIED SINGLE FLOATING P/UP RARE/LIMITED PRODUCTION GUITAR! - VTG1547.INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 2: CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - LUTHIER BUILT ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC - COLIN KEEFE MODEL RB "JAZZ" 2002 CUTAWAY-BODIED GUITAR, B-BAND ELECTRICS - VTGC1061.
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
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - WASHBURN J-10 ORLEANS 1997 SPRUCE/FLAMED SYCAMORE 17" DEEP-BODIED SINGLE FLOATING P/UP RARE/LIMITED PRODUCTION GUITAR! - VTG1547.
Fine example of Top-of-Range Washburn Jazz Guitar only limited production period in the '90s, so hard to find, excellent condition, Quality hard case.
POA
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - EASTMAN 2009 AR910CE, ALL SOLID CARVED SERIES, FLOATING NECK P/UP & P/GUARD CONTROLS - VTGC1065.
Fine example of the Top-of-the-Range Sunburst Eastman Jazz Guitar, excellent condition, Large 17" Archtop Body, Spruce top, Carved Maple Back & Sides, Fibreglass fitted hard case.
£2399
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - HANDCRAFTED JUMBO ACOUSTIC - ROB ARMSTRONG 1993 SPRUCE/WALNUT/EBONY GUITAR, PRO. REFURB/UPGRADE - VTGC1063 - NOW SOLD!
Fine example of Rob Armstrong's individual design guitars, 16.25" Jumbo body, similar size to Gibson J-185, but with longer 25.5" scale length. Quality Hard Case Incl.
£1399
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - RESTORATION COMPLETED - BLUES VINTAGE 12-STRING - HARMONY STELLA H922 CHICAGO, USA 1964 ALL SOLID BIRCH, LADDER BRACED, 12 FRET GUITAR - VTG1524.
The Blind Willie McTell model - Original Restored Condition, Great Character, Looks & Bluestone, Upgraded Purpose-Made New Reproduction Rosewood Bridge & fitted L R Baggs Lyric Pickup.
POA
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 2: CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - LUTHIER BUILT ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC - COLIN KEEFE MODEL RB "JAZZ" 2002 CUTAWAY-BODIED GUITAR, B-BAND ELECTRICS - VTGC1061.
Rare Opportunity to buy a Colin Keefe Guitar, signature design model, excellent condition, Spruce top, "Cat's Eyes" soundholes, American Cherry Back & Sides, Hiscox Liteflite case.
£2299
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 2: CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - LUTHIER-BUILT ELECTRIC - COLIN KEEFE "L" MODEL 2006 LES PAUL SPECIAL STYLE GUITAR, SEYMOUR DUNCAN HUMBUCKER P/UPS - VTGC1060.
Rare Opportunity to buy a Keefe Guitar, really excellent cond....LP Special inspired but w/Tune-o-matic Bridge/Stop Bar T/piece Twin Seymour Duncan H/Buckers Gold Hardware Freestyle case.
£1799
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