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.
PRE-ORDERED: RESTORATIONS IN PROGRESS - LIST OF USA-MADE VINTAGE ACOUSTIC BLUES & BRITISH LUTHIER CLASSICAL GUITARS CURRENTLY RESERVED, "IN THE WORKSHOP", UNDERGOING RESTORATION!PRE-ORDERED: RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - P.M.I.Co. NEW YORK, "COLLEGIATE" 1930s LAUREL-LEAF DECO ALL SOLID BIRCH GUITAR - VTG1330.VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - ACOUSTIC BLUES & RAGTIME VINTAGE 12-STRINGS - HARMONY SOVEREIGN H1270 & OTHER HARMONY & GUILD, USA GUITARS FROM 1960s/1970s.
PRE-ORDERED: RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT - HARMONY SILVERTONE S1214 CHICAGO, USA 1969 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID SPRUCE/BIRCH ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1407.VTG RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD! - RARE OPPORTUNITY! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY "ARCHTONE" H1215T CHICAGO, USA 1960 SOLID BIRCH 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1563.VTG SALE COMPLETED! - ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MANDOLIN - TANGLEWOOD TWM-F-VS-E, VINTAGE SUNBURST F-STYLE BASIC SCROLL CUTAWAY W/SINGLE-COIL PICKUP - VTG1593.
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
PRE-ORDERED: RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - P.M.I.CO. NEW YORK, "COLLEGIATE" 1930S LAUREL-LEAF DECO ALL SOLID BIRCH GUITAR - VTG1330.
25" Scale, All Original, Ladder Braced, Floating, Fretwire Saddle Bridge/Tailpiece, Great Condition Sound & Play - "In the Workshop" undergoing restoration, and already pre-ordered!
POA
PRE-ORDERED: RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT - HARMONY SILVERTONE S1214 CHICAGO, USA 1969 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID SPRUCE/BIRCH ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1407.
Good Original Condition, Prof. Restored, Excellent Sound/Playing - "In the Workshop" restoration nearing completion - may be available if reserving buyer unable to complete.
£599
PRE-ORDERED: RESTORATIONS IN PROGRESS - LIST OF USA-MADE VINTAGE ACOUSTIC BLUES & BRITISH LUTHIER CLASSICAL GUITARS CURRENTLY RESERVED, "IN THE WORKSHOP", UNDERGOING RESTORATION!
Currently including Harmony Depression Era, Wartime & 1950s Parlors, Harmony OM/Grand Concert * Archtop Tenor models from '60s, and 1920s & '30s Lyon & Healy & P.I.M.Co. models.
 
VTG RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD! - RARE OPPORTUNITY! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY "ARCHTONE" H1215T CHICAGO, USA 1960 SOLID BIRCH 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1563.
All Solid Birch 23" Scale, All Original, but following newly completed Professionally Restoration, Excellent Structural/Playing Condition, and with Custom-made Pickup fitted.
SOLD
VTG SALE COMPLETED! - ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MANDOLIN - TANGLEWOOD TWM-F-VS-E, VINTAGE SUNBURST F-STYLE BASIC SCROLL CUTAWAY W/SINGLE-COIL PICKUP - VTG1593.
Restored Condition, following structural rectification...see "Condition" notes below...Spruce top, adjustable bridge, overhauled & re-strung with Martin Monel strings.
SOLD
VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - ACOUSTIC BLUES & RAGTIME VINTAGE 12-STRINGS - HARMONY SOVEREIGN H1270 & OTHER HARMONY & GUILD, USA GUITARS FROM 1960S/1970S.
Brief details of previously sold USA-made 12-strings - please see "Inventory: Available Now or Restorations Available to Pre-Order" pages for any similar guitars currently for sale, or contact me.
SOLD
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