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 7.2 - PRE-ORDERED - VTG RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY ARCHTONE H1215T CHICAGO, USA 1961 ACOUSTIC 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1558.PAGE 7.1 - VTG RESTORATION - CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE - HARALD PETERSEN VINTAGE 1950s BRITISH LUTHIER MADE SPRUCE & SYCAMORE CONCERT GUITAR - VTG1252.PAGE 7.2 - PRE-ORDERED - VTG RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE FAUX RESONATOR - HARMONY USA 1936 ACOUSTIC W/ORIG. PUNCHED METAL COVER PLATE - VTG1542.
PAGE 7.1 - VTG RESTORATION - CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE - ALHAMBRA 3C c.1970 ALL SOLID CEDAR & MAHOGANY SPANISH MADE CLASSICAL GUITAR - VTG1008.PAGE 7.2 - PRE-ORDERED - VTG RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY MONTEREY H950T CHICAGO, USA 1948 ACOUSTIC 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1562.PAGE 7 - VTG RESTORATION - MANDOLIN VINTAGE USA - HARMONY STELLA H331 1964 & c.1969 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES & BLUEGRASS FLAT-BACK MANDOLIN - VTG1068 & VTG1511.
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
PAGE 7 - VTG RESTORATION - MANDOLIN VINTAGE USA - HARMONY STELLA H331 1964 & C.1969 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES & BLUEGRASS FLAT-BACK MANDOLIN - VTG1068 & VTG1511.
"A" Shape Lute Style Body, Really Excellent Condition, Martin Bluegrass Strings - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration - available to "pre-order".
POA
PAGE 7.1 - VTG RESTORATION - CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE - ALHAMBRA 3C C.1970 ALL SOLID CEDAR & MAHOGANY SPANISH MADE CLASSICAL GUITAR - VTG1008.
Excellent Sound and Play, Professional Overhaul/Repairs to be completed - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration - available to "pre-order".
POA
PAGE 7.1 - VTG RESTORATION - CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE - HARALD PETERSEN VINTAGE 1950S BRITISH LUTHIER MADE SPRUCE & SYCAMORE CONCERT GUITAR - VTG1252.
Iconic Maker, Spruce & Sycamore - "In the Workshop" for extensive restoration & partial rebuild, and available to reserve on "pre-order".
POA
PAGE 7.2 - PRE-ORDERED - VTG RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY ARCHTONE H1215T CHICAGO, USA 1961 ACOUSTIC 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1558.
All Solid Birch 23" Scale, All Original, to be Professionally Restored, Excellent Structural/Playing Condition - "In the Workshop" for restoration & already to "pre-ordered"!
POA
PAGE 7.2 - PRE-ORDERED - VTG RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY MONTEREY H950T CHICAGO, USA 1948 ACOUSTIC 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1562.
All Solid Birch "Redburst" 23" Scale, Professional Restoration overall inc. finishes to be completed - "In the Workshop" and already "pre-ordered"!
£699
PAGE 7.2 - PRE-ORDERED - VTG RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE FAUX RESONATOR - HARMONY USA 1936 ACOUSTIC W/ORIG. PUNCHED METAL COVER PLATE - VTG1542.
Fully Original 1930s "A poor man's Blues instrument" Solid Birch-Bodied V-Neck 12 Fret Faux Flame/Dark Sunburst Finish - "In the Workshop" for restoration & already "pre-ordered"!
£699
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