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.
7.1. VTG PRE-ORDERED - RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY "ARCHTONE" H1215T CHICAGO, USA 1960 SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1563.7.2. VTG PRE-ORDERED & NOW SOLD! - RESTORATION COMPLETED - BLUES VINTAGE 12-STRING - HARMONY STELLA H912 CHICAGO, USA, MID-1960s ALL SOLID BIRCH 12 FRET GUITAR - VTG1557.7. VTG PRE-ORDERED - RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY H1030 CHICAGO, USA 1938 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH STELLA-TYPE GUITAR - VTG1340.
7.1. VTG PRE-ORDERED - RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY STELLA H929 USA "WARTIME" 1945 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1445.7.4. VTG PRE-ORDERED & NOW SOLD! - RESTORATION COMPLETED - VINTAGE ELECTRIC SLIMLINE SEMI - HARMONY H54 "ROCKET" USA 1967 SINGLE-CUTAWAY 2 "DOUBLE MUSTACHE" P/U ARCHTOP GUITAR - VTG1572.7.3. VTG PRE-ORDERED & NOW SOLD! - RESTORATION COMPLETED - BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT - HARMONY H165 CHICAGO, USA MID-1960s ALL SOLID MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1390.
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
7. VTG PRE-ORDERED - RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY H1030 CHICAGO, USA 1938 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH STELLA-TYPE GUITAR - VTG1340.
Rare Pre-War forerunner of the later Harmony Stella parlors, Great Character, Blues Tone & Volume - Ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration, and now "pre-ordered"!
£599
7.1. VTG PRE-ORDERED - RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY "ARCHTONE" H1215T CHICAGO, USA 1960 SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1563.
All Solid Birch 23" Scale, All Original, to be Prof. Restored, Excellent Structural/Playing Condition - "In the Workshop" for restoration & already "pre-ordered"!
£699
7.1. VTG PRE-ORDERED - RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY STELLA H929 USA "WARTIME" 1945 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1445.
Rare 1st. Year of Prod., Great Character, Ladder Braced, Great Blues Tone & Volume - Ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration, and now "pre-ordered"!
POA
7.2. VTG PRE-ORDERED & NOW SOLD! - RESTORATION COMPLETED - BLUES VINTAGE 12-STRING - HARMONY STELLA H912 CHICAGO, USA, MID-1960S ALL SOLID BIRCH 12 FRET GUITAR - VTG1557.
All Original, Professional Restoration, Ladder Braced, Great Character, Looks & BluesTone - "In the Workshop" for restoration & already "pre-ordered"!
SOLD
7.3. VTG PRE-ORDERED & NOW SOLD! - RESTORATION COMPLETED - BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT - HARMONY H165 CHICAGO, USA MID-1960S ALL SOLID MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1390.
The Lightnin' Hopkins Model!, Professionally Restored Condition, Excellent Sound/Playing - "In the Workshop" for restoration & already "pre-ordered"!
SOLD
7.4. VTG PRE-ORDERED & NOW SOLD! - RESTORATION COMPLETED - VINTAGE ELECTRIC SLIMLINE SEMI - HARMONY H54 "ROCKET" USA 1967 SINGLE-CUTAWAY 2 "DOUBLE MUSTACHE" P/U ARCHTOP GUITAR - VTG1572.
DeArmond Goldfoil Pickups, Short 24.25"/615mm. Scale, Minor Restoration in Progress, incl. Re-fret - restoration completed "In the Workshop" following "pre-order" reservation!
£799
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