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! 2: READY TO GO! - OVERHAUL COMPLETED - VINTAGE 12-STRING - YAMAHA FG-512 SPRUCE & ROSEWOOD 1981 OPEN-HEADSTOCK TOP-OF-LINE GUITAR - VTG1433 - NOW SOLD!INVENTORY: NEW! - AVAILABLE SOON! - AFTER OVERHAUL - VINTAGE 12-STRING ACOUSTIC - YAMAHA FG-512 SPRUCE & ROSEWOOD 1980 OPEN-HEADSTOCK TOP-OF-LINE GUITAR - VTG1447.INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 2: NEW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - LES PAUL TYPE ELECTRIC GUITAR - JHS "VINTAGE" BRAND/CUSTOM MODEL, CHERRYBURST, PRO. SET-UP/OVERHAUL/UPGRADE - VTGC1064.
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 2: NEW! - READY TO GO! - BLUES RESONATOR MANDOLIN - JHS "VINTAGE" BRAND, NO HEADSTOCK LOGO, METAL-BODIED NATIONAL STYLE 1 DESIGN SINGLE-CONE - VTG1298 - NOW SOLD!INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 2: CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - STRATOCASTER ELECTRIC GUITAR - FENDER SQUIER AFFINITY, SUNBURST, PROFESSIONAL SET-UP/OVERHAUL, IDEAL FIRST GUITAR - VTGC1062 - NOW SOLD!INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 2: READY TO GO! - JAZZ, BLUES & SWING TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP - WASHBURN J-6 "MONTGOMERY" SPRUCE & MAPLE 2001 L-5 TYPE GUITAR - VTG1082.
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! 2: CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - STRATOCASTER ELECTRIC GUITAR - FENDER SQUIER AFFINITY, SUNBURST, PROFESSIONAL SET-UP/OVERHAUL, IDEAL FIRST GUITAR - VTGC1062 - NOW SOLD!
Excellent Original, Pro Overhauled & Upgraded Condition, 3-Ply Scratchplate, Rosewood 9.5" Radius '60s-style 21 fret Fingerboard, Large Style Headstock, 5-way Switch, Hard Case incl.
SOLD
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 2: NEW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - LES PAUL TYPE ELECTRIC GUITAR - JHS "VINTAGE" BRAND/CUSTOM MODEL, CHERRYBURST, PRO. SET-UP/OVERHAUL/UPGRADE - VTGC1064.
Excellent Condition, Upgraded with Pro Modified, Unlogoed Gibson-style "Open Book" Headstock & Kluson Revolution Keystone/Tulip button tuners, Quality Pod-type Case incl.
£279
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 2: NEW! - READY TO GO! - BLUES RESONATOR MANDOLIN - JHS "VINTAGE" BRAND, NO HEADSTOCK LOGO, METAL-BODIED NATIONAL STYLE 1 DESIGN SINGLE-CONE - VTG1298 - NOW SOLD!
Modelled on the original National Mandolin from the 20s/30s - Eye catching resonator mandolin. Very loud – Longer 15" Scale! - great for acoustic music sessions.
SOLD
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 2: READY TO GO! - JAZZ, BLUES & SWING TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP - WASHBURN J-6 "MONTGOMERY" SPRUCE & MAPLE 2001 L-5 TYPE GUITAR - VTG1082.
Mature, Iconic Style, Deep-Bodied Blond Jazzer, Adjustable Floating Hardwood Bridge, Gold Hardware, Grover Tuners, "Reso-Tone" Tailpiece, Rosewood Fingerboard & Block Inlays.
£599
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 2: READY TO GO! - OVERHAUL COMPLETED - VINTAGE 12-STRING - YAMAHA FG-512 SPRUCE & ROSEWOOD 1981 OPEN-HEADSTOCK TOP-OF-LINE GUITAR - VTG1433 - NOW SOLD!
Really Excellent, Original Condition, Overhaul & Set-up completed in the workshop, Replacement Graph Tech Tusq nut fitted, plus Ernie Ball Earthwood 2012 Medium 11-52 Gauge strings.
SOLD
INVENTORY: NEW! - AVAILABLE SOON! - AFTER OVERHAUL - VINTAGE 12-STRING ACOUSTIC - YAMAHA FG-512 SPRUCE & ROSEWOOD 1980 OPEN-HEADSTOCK TOP-OF-LINE GUITAR - VTG1447.
Really Excellent, Original Condition, in the workshop for Overhaul & Set-up, and available for "pre-order" - Restored Price details on request.
£459
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