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.
8. VTG PRE-ORDERED & NOW SOLD! - RESTORATION COMPLETED - BLUES VINTAGE SUPER AUDITORIUM - KAY K6116 CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE c.1959/1961 SPRUCE & MAPLE GUITAR - VTG1238.8. VTG RESTORATION RECENTLY SOLD - SQUARE-NECK VINTAGE ACOUSTIC - STELLA H929 "HAWAIIAN" 1959 LAP SLIDE, BLUEGRASS, COUNTRY, BLUES, DOBRO GUITAR - VTG1539 - NOW SOLD.9. VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - LUTHIER RESTORED & READY TO GO! - BLUES TENOR RESONATOR - DOBRO "CYCLOPS" USA, OMI PERIOD, MAPLE BISCUIT BRIDGE 4-STRING GUITAR - VTGC1052.
8. VTG RESTORATION RECENTLY SOLD - RESTORED & READY TO GO! - BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY H900 CHICAGO, USA 1936 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH 12 FRET V-NECK ACOUSTIC - VTG1560.9. VTG RESTORATION RECENTLY SOLD - UPGRADED & READY TO GO! - SQUARE-NECK SPIDER RESONATOR - OZARK 3515SQ LAP SLIDE, BLUEGRASS, COUNTRY, BLUES, DOBRO GUITAR - VTG1313.9. VTG PRE-ORDERED & NOW SOLD! - RESTORATION COMPLETED - BLUES VINTAGE OVAL/ROUNDHOLE ARCHTOP - KAY MARVELTONE CHICAGO, USA c.1940 JUMBO 26" SCALE GUITAR - VTG1248.
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
8. VTG PRE-ORDERED & NOW SOLD! - RESTORATION COMPLETED - BLUES VINTAGE SUPER AUDITORIUM - KAY K6116 CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE C.1959/1961 SPRUCE & MAPLE GUITAR - VTG1238.
Rare Vintage "Super Auditorium" Ladder-braced Solid Top Acoustic - "In the Workshop" for restoration, and already pre-ordered pending completion!
£699
8. VTG RESTORATION RECENTLY SOLD - RESTORED & READY TO GO! - BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY H900 CHICAGO, USA 1936 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH 12 FRET V-NECK ACOUSTIC - VTG1560.
Essentially Original, Fully Professionally Restored, part by VTG- Fingerboard Re-levelled, Re-fretted & Bridge Work, plus previous Neck Reset by Luthier elsewhere, original Waverly Tuners.
£499
8. VTG RESTORATION RECENTLY SOLD - SQUARE-NECK VINTAGE ACOUSTIC - STELLA H929 "HAWAIIAN" 1959 LAP SLIDE, BLUEGRASS, COUNTRY, BLUES, DOBRO GUITAR - VTG1539 - NOW SOLD.
Great Character, Really Excellent Condition, Dobro/Lap-slide Action, Great Blues Tone & Volume!- currently "In the Workshop" for restoration & available to "pre-order".
SOLD
9. VTG PRE-ORDERED & NOW SOLD! - RESTORATION COMPLETED - BLUES VINTAGE OVAL/ROUNDHOLE ARCHTOP - KAY MARVELTONE CHICAGO, USA C.1940 JUMBO 26" SCALE GUITAR - VTG1248.
A Very Rare & All Original Acoustic Guitar, Excellent Restored Condition, Fingerboard Re-levelled & Re-fretted, Original Kluson Single-line Tuners, Newtone Master Class Strings.
SOLD
9. VTG RESTORATION RECENTLY SOLD - UPGRADED & READY TO GO! - SQUARE-NECK SPIDER RESONATOR - OZARK 3515SQ LAP SLIDE, BLUEGRASS, COUNTRY, BLUES, DOBRO GUITAR - VTG1313.
Spruce & Mahogany 12-Fret Neck, Bound Flat Fingerboard, Slotted Headstock, Upgraded Reversed Stewmac Golden Age Machineheads, Michael Messer National strings.
£279
9. VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - LUTHIER RESTORED & READY TO GO! - BLUES TENOR RESONATOR - DOBRO "CYCLOPS" USA, OMI PERIOD, MAPLE BISCUIT BRIDGE 4-STRING GUITAR - VTGC1052.
Very Rare, Iconic, "Single Screen" Guitar, based on the original Early '30s model, revived in the OMI Dobro Period, and recently Luthier Rebuilt by Colin Keefe.
£1299
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