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 2.6: AVAILABLE NOW! - ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - WASHBURN J-10 ORLEANS 1997 SPRUCE/FLAMED SYCAMORE 17" DEEP-BODIED SINGLE P/UP RARE/LIMITED PRODUCTION GUITAR! - VTG1547.INVENTORY 2.4: NEW! - AVAILABLE NOW - AFTER OVERHAUL - RARE MODEL ES-335-STYLE SEMI - TANGLEWOOD "MEMPHIS" 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY 1999 LIMITED EDITION ELECTRIC GUITAR - VTG1572.INVENTORY 2.3: NEW! - AVAILABLE NOW - AFTER OVERHAUL - VINTAGE ES-335-STYLE SEMI - CMI MARSHALL LATE '70s MIJ ELECTRIC GUITAR, TRANS. CHERRY RED FINISH, BLACK H/WARE - VTG1015.
INVENTORY 2.5: AVAILABLE NOW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - HARMONY STELLA H929TG USA 1970 ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE PARLOR 4-STRING GUITAR - LEFT OR R/H CONVERSION - VTG1592.INVENTORY 2.1: NEW! - AVAILABLE NOW - LUTHIER SALE - BURNS TR-2 RARE VINTAGE 1963/64 BLOND SEMI-SOLID ELECTRIC GUITAR, PROF.RESTORED, INCL.UP-RATED ORIG. ONBOARD "BOOSTER" - VTGC1075.INVENTORY 2.2: AVAILABLE NOW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE OVAL SOUNDHOLE ARCHTOP - KAY MARVELTONE CHICAGO, USA C.1940 SPRUCE/MAPLE SUNBURST JUMBO 26" SCALE - VTG1584.
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 2.1: NEW! - AVAILABLE NOW - LUTHIER SALE - BURNS TR-2 RARE VINTAGE 1963/64 BLOND SEMI-SOLID ELECTRIC GUITAR, PROF.RESTORED, INCL.UP-RATED ORIG. ONBOARD "BOOSTER" - VTGC1075.
Restored by Professional luthier, Colin Keefe, essentially original, with upgrades also incl., re-wound Original Ultra Sonic p/ups, upgraded Bridge, Re-levelled Fingerboard & Re-fret.
£1599
INVENTORY 2.2: AVAILABLE NOW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE OVAL SOUNDHOLE ARCHTOP - KAY MARVELTONE CHICAGO, USA C.1940 SPRUCE/MAPLE SUNBURST JUMBO 26" SCALE - VTG1584.
A Very Rare & All Original Acoustic Guitar, Excellent Restored Condition, Fingerboard Re-levelled & Re-fretted, Original Kluson Single-line Tuners, Newtone Heritage Strings.
£799
INVENTORY 2.3: NEW! - AVAILABLE NOW - AFTER OVERHAUL - VINTAGE ES-335-STYLE SEMI - CMI MARSHALL LATE '70S MIJ ELECTRIC GUITAR, TRANS. CHERRY RED FINISH, BLACK H/WARE - VTG1015.
"Terry Bickers model"! Previous owner replaced orig. h/ware with black fittings, incl. Tune-O-Matic Bridge, Stop Tailpiece & Black Tulip Key Encl. Tuners, Orig. Black/White Ply P/guard.
£359
INVENTORY 2.4: NEW! - AVAILABLE NOW - AFTER OVERHAUL - RARE MODEL ES-335-STYLE SEMI - TANGLEWOOD "MEMPHIS" 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY 1999 LIMITED EDITION ELECTRIC GUITAR - VTG1572.
Rare & Beautiful Limited Edition model, Quilt Maple Top, Gold Hardware including Grover Machine Heads, Rosewood Fingerboard with Spectacular Dragon Inlay.
POA
INVENTORY 2.5: AVAILABLE NOW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - HARMONY STELLA H929TG USA 1970 ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE PARLOR 4-STRING GUITAR - LEFT OR R/H CONVERSION - VTG1592.
Professional Restoration Completed on Pre-Order, here in 2016, including LEFT-HANDED CONVERSION, Ladder Braced, Really Excellent Condition, Low Action, Great Sound.
£559
INVENTORY 2.6: AVAILABLE NOW! - ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - WASHBURN J-10 ORLEANS 1997 SPRUCE/FLAMED SYCAMORE 17" DEEP-BODIED SINGLE P/UP RARE/LIMITED PRODUCTION GUITAR! - VTG1547.
Fine example of Top-of-Range Washburn Floating Pickup Jazz Guitar only limited production period in the '90s, so hard to find, excellent condition, Quality hard case.
£949
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