HOME 2: ENQUIRIES - SUMMER 2021 - AS LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS EASE, I HOPE TO DO SOME (UK ONLY!) TRAVELLING, BIKING & HILLWALKING, BUT HOPE TO REMAIN IN EMAIL CONTACT - SEE NOTE BELOW.
Available Guitars - VTG INVENTORY - "AVAILABLE NOW!" or "RESTORATIONS AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER", - In the Workshop & Available to Reserve + ARCHIVE of past restorations/sales for interest.
 
Intro
*** SUBJECT TO THE HEADLINE ABOVE, VTG IS USUALLY OPEN FOR ONLINE & PHONE SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES MOST DAYS, BUT IF NOT IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE, PLEASE LEAVE ME A MESSAGE. GUITARS CAN BE VIEWED BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT.

IF OTHER ACTIVITIES DO INTERVENE, AS INDICATED IN HEADLINE ABOVE, I MAY NOT BE QUITE AS AVAILABLE AS USUAL, BUT HOPE TO REMAIN FULLY IN CONTACT BY EMAIL AT LEAST!

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*** Important Notes on Packing & Postage, VAT & Import Duty ***
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European Postage:  

Update - 24/03/2021 - Having suspended offering the postage services to European buyers that I have maintained through the previous 12 years or so, following the immediate post-Brexit upheaval, I'm not sure that we are clear yet as to how individual guitar shipments will be treated by the various European Union member countries on import from the UK for Import Duty & VAT purposes....see below.

Shipping Cost: I have re-researched carrier's shipping costs, which initially seemed to vary widely, and in some cases to have increased dramatically, and established a clearer level of costs, in order to be able to confirm that I SHOULD be able to post guitars to many European destinations, at a cost of approx.£40...the same cost I have needed to re-charge for many years, so that is the good news....read on for the less good news....

Import Duty, VAT and Other Importation Requirements: As a small business VTG is not required to register for VAT purposes, so prices do not include any VAT element. Therefore if buying from outside the UK, there is no price adjustment. There are usually customs fees and taxes to pay on import, we cannot calculate those costs from here, and they must be paid by the importer when the goods reach customs.

I must stress that all requirements of the buyer's home country import authorities regarding payment of Import Duties and/or VAT will be the buyer's responsibility, and buyer's should note that I will not be able to send any guitars containing timbers which are restricted under CITES regulations.

UK Postage Costs:

After about 10 years of maintaining Parcelforce Express 24 UK postage charge at £15.00, which I have been increasingly often subsidising, Parcelforce have now introduced a surcharge for all packages over 1 metre in length, so I'm sorry that I am now obliged to increase UK postage charge to £20.00.

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*** MANY PAGES OF THE VTG WEBSITE ARE UNDER REVISION! PLEASE BEAR WITH ME DURING CHANGES, AND PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO CONTACT ME, IF YOU REQUIRE ADDITINAL INFORMATION, IF DETAILS ARE NOT CLEAR, OR YOU NOTICE ANY DISCREPANCIES!

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*** MAIN SECTIONS ARE: ***

INVENTORY: AVAILABLE - NOW OR SOON, INCLUDING CUSTOMER'S COMMISSION SALES - GUITARS BOTH IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE - Not only the VTG speciality of Vintage Harmony, Stella & other Chicago/USA-made Blues guitars, also variety of other guitars, modern & vintage, incl. Customer's Commission Sales.

INVENTORY: RESTORATIONS AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - AWAITING RESTORATION, AVAILABLE FOR "PRE-ORDER" OR RESERVATION - PRICES QUOTED ARE FOR THE COMPLETED RESTORED GUITAR - Guitars either already "In the Workshop" or waiting for restoration...mainly the Vintage Harmony Stella & other Chicago/USA-made guitars, as above, but not exclusively so, particularly also some iconic luthier classicals.

PRE-ORDERED: RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - Already reserved for customers, both in the UK & Europe, so of them repeat buyers, and in the process of restoration.

RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD!, RESTORATION SALE: PRE-ORDER COMPLETED & VTG RECENT COMPLETED SALE - recently completed restorations & sales, prior to archiving.

VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - Sectioned for various types of guitar & folk instruments.

VTG USEFUL LINKS & INFORMATION: Brief directory.

VTG WORKSHOP ARCHIVE: Previous repairs & restorations completed for customers.

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*** SEE BELOW MAIN GUITAR TYPES I RESTORE & SELL.

Many Guitars are available for "Pre-Order" or "Reservation" while I complete the Restoration Works.

I am now finding that I regularly "pre-sell" most of my restoration guitars, either before commencing work or at the stage where I am still working on them.

This arrangement has now worked well in so many cases that quite a few of the guitars coming through the workshop are now listed & described here, in advance of them being fully ready, but certainly not all of them, so if not hooked on any you see at the moment, I welcome further enquiries, and may have something else to interest you!
Description
*** SOME OF THE MAIN HEADING CATEGORY HEADINGS YOU ARE LIKELY TO FIND COVERING THE VARIOUS GUITAR TYPES I LIKE TO RESTORE & SELL.

BLUES & JAZZ VINTAGE ARCHTOPS *** HARMONY USA MADE ALL SOLID WOODS GUITARS FROM 1930s TO 1960s.

BLUES VINTAGE 12 STRINGS *** USA HARMONY & HARMONY-MADE STELLA ALL SOLID WOODS GUITARS FROM 1940 TO 1975.

BLUES VINTAGE 3/4 SIZE/TERZ GUITARS *** USA HARMONY & HARMONY-MADE STELLA MODELS FROM 1950s TO 1970.

BLUES VINTAGE KAY ACOUSTICS *** CHICAGO, USA MADE 6-STRING GUITARS FROM THE 1950s & 1960s.

BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT GUITARS *** HARMONY USA ALL SOLID WOODS FLATTOP MODELS FROM 1940 TO 1975.

BLUES VINTAGE PARLORS *** HARMONY & OTHER CHICAGO, USA MADE GUITARS FROM THE 1930s & 1940s.

BLUES VINTAGE PARLORS *** USA HARMONY-MADE STELLA & SILVERTONE FIXED BRIDGE TYPE GUITARS 1950s/1960s.

BLUES VINTAGE PARLORS *** USA HARMONY-MADE STELLA, SILVERTONE, AIRLINE & REGAL GUITARS 1940 & 1975 - Floating Bridge & Tailpiece Style Models.

BLUES VINTAGE ROUNDHOLE ARCHTOPS *** HARMONY & REGAL USA MADE GUITARS FROM THE 1930s.

BLUES VINTAGE TENOR GUITARS *** USA HARMONY, STELLA, REGAL & KAY 4-STRING MODELS FROM 1920s TO 1970s.

BLUES VINTAGE TENOR GUITARS *** USA HARMONY-MADE STELLA ALL SOLID WOODS 4-STRING MODELS FROM THE 1950 TO 1970.

CLASSICAL/SPANISH & FLAMENCO GUITARS VINTAGE & MODERN *** ENGLISH, SPANISH & BRAZILIAN MADE FROM 1950s TO 2000s.

CLASSICAL/SPANISH & FLAMENCO VINTAGE MIJ GUITARS *** JAPANESE MADE QUALITY GUITARS FROM 1960s/1970s/1980s.

ELECTRIC GUITARS *** VINTAGE USA HOLLOW-BODY 1950s/1970s, MIJ SOLID GUITARS & BASSES 1970s/1980s & SEMIS FROM 1970s/90s.

ELECTRIC JAZZ GUITARS *** USA MADE ARCHTOPS FROM 1950s-1970s, MODERN HOLLOW & BIG BODIED JAZZERS.

VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL 12 STRINGS *** JAPANESE MADE GUITARS FROM THE 1970s & 1980s.

VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL 12 STRINGS *** MODERN TRADITIONAL STYLE ACOUSTIC GUITARS.

VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL 12 STRINGS *** YAMAHA GUITARS FROM THE 1970s & 1980s.

VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL ACOUSTICS *** USA, SWEDISH, BRITISH LUTHIER MADE & MIJ 6-STRING GUITARS FROM THE 1960s & 1970s.

VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL ACOUSTICS *** MODERN TRADITIONAL TYPE 6-STRING GUITARS.

VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL GYPSY JAZZ MANOUCHE GUITARS *** FROM 1970s TO MODERN TRADITIONAL TYPE.

VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL RESONATORS *** FROM THE 1930s TO MODERN TRADITIONAL TYPE GUITARS.
Condition
All guitars are prepared to the same high standards as the scores of other vintage and modern guitars, which I have restored and/or sold over the years.

The concentration is on structural soundness and playability, rather than cosmetic touching-up, although when the need for some finish reinstatement is unavoidable I do have the best possible aid from Colin Keefe, who is expert at making good finish on vintage guitars, without it being obvious, but of course the guitars are sympathetically cleaned, setup and re-strung, as part restoration.

For availability and individual details on the various guitars, and the restoration work being done on them, please do contact me by email or telephone.
Action, strings & cases
All guitars are set-up to be correctly playable. I set out to achieve a 12th. fret action and overall set-up appropriate to the type of guitar....not necessarily ultra-low, but correct for the type of guitar. Particularly on Vintage & Classical guitars the action heights may sound high to younger players, who have learned to play electric guitars only...please bear in mind that we are in a totally different world of guitar-playing here, to which we cannot apply the "all my guitars have an action of less than 2mm." approach. Many players have particular requirements for their playing styles or restrictions to their playing, and I'm always happy to advise on the possibilities & options.

I often fit as standard Martin Bronze Light 12-54 steel strings on Blues Parlors, Flattops & Archtops, Martin Light or Ultra-Light 12 Strings & La Bella USA strings on Classicals, but have used a variety strings, including of Eagle Music Puretone Tenor sets dedicated for Standard, Irish & Chicago tenor tunings, Newtone Michael Messer National Resonator, Jon Gomm Baritone, Heritage Series, Master Class & Archtop Acoustic Strings & Electric Masters, John Pearse Baritone & Tenor Strings, Clifford Essex Tenor Strings, Martin Silk & Steel & Retro Monel Nickel Strings, plus Fender & GHS Electric Strings, amongst others.

The guitars usually do not come with cases, although some may have older type but sturdy cases. Alternatively, I may be able to offer a suitable size Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case, offering infinitely better protection. Additional case prices available on request.
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Delivery details
You are welcome to come and view or try out the guitars I have available, and of course to collect your guitar on purchase. Otherwise, I will pack securely and post, as per arrangements made with you.

Postage Costs: No charge for packing time & materials, postage service at cost.
To U.K. addresses, usually £20.00, for Parcelforce Express 24 service.
To European addresses, usually £30.00 to £50.00, for Parcelforce Euro Priority service, depending on size, weight, value & delivery location....BUT PLEASE SEE "IMPORTANT NOTE" IN "INTRO" SECTION ABOVE.

*** POSTAGE DETAILS SHOWN ARE VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL GUITARS STANDARD SHIPPING CHARGES FOR UK & EU ADDRESSES, BUT THESE MAY NOT COVER COSTS ON HIGHER VALUE GUITARS, AND MAY NOT APPLY IN THESE CASES, UNLESS SPECIFICALLY CONFIRMED, SO PLEASE DO CHECK WITH ME!

If you need further information postage costs/timing/insurance or advice on other matters, please contact me via Contact form above, telephone 01543 677140. If no immediate response, I may be contactable via my mobile number 07970 832955, and I will do my best to answer any questions.

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**** INTERNATIONAL SALES ****
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In addition to hundreds of UK sales, during the last few years I have sold and had safely delivered many guitars to buyers in EU Countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, and also to Switzerland and Norway. I am always happy to advise potential buyers from throughout Europe with regard to postage arrangements and delivery costs.

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**** FEEDBACK AND TESTIMONIALS ****
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In addition to the testimonials on the Home Page, to see the hundreds of complimentary feedback comments kindly left for me by eBay buyers, please check out my eBay ID "vintagetraditionalguitars".

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**** OTHER GUITARS ****
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I have a stock of guitars which is added to regularly, but some tend to take a little time to find their way through my workshop, so if you do not see what you are looking for on my website currently, please enquire - who knows, I may have just what you are looking for!

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**** YOUTUBE ****
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Some buyers have made YouTube clips of gigs/sessions on the guitars they have bought from VTG, and I have embedded one of these as the YouTube Video below... The Hot House Four - "Clockwatching", July 2014, The Devon Arms, Torquay, showing Lola's solo on the 1946 Harmony Monterey H1456 with "Wartime" wooden tailpiece, she bought from VTG shortly before that gig, and by then with added pickup.

Then there is Useful Link #1 below....David Bristow playing the same model Stella H929TG tenor guitar I restored for him...."Three Tat Ladies" at the Musician, Leicester.

....plus, T-Bone Burnett, his mid-'50s Kay Thin Twin, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss....does it get any better?

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**** PICKUPS ****
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There is nothing to fully compare with the sound of a good acoustic guitar via a good quality microphone through a good PA/Acoustic Amp......but, it isn't always easy to get that....so, the industry has spent the last few decades trying to find the best way of amplifying acoustic guitars!

Acoustic Flattop:

Soundhole pickups, undersaddle/piezo pickups, internal microphones, etc., etc., but we think that the best we have heard, so far, is the fairly recently introduced L.R.Baggs Lyric Acoustic Guitar Microphone with TRU-MIC noise canceling technology, No pickup, Analog signal conditioning, All discrete mic preamplifier, Soundhole volume control & Microphone presence control.

Professionally installed this system can be fitted to any flattop guitar with a bridge plate. Not cheap, but if you want true acoustic sound amplified, without feedback problems, then this is the best we know. We can supply and fit it to any guitar of suitable type for the usual retail list price of £229.00, without any additional charge for the fitting installation work.

Acoustic Archtop:

Certain pickups can be built into floating bridges, but generally bridge pickup options for archtops are limited,
but there are options for various pickguard or fingerboard end mounted floating pickups. Body mounted pickups may be less prone to feedback problems, but will involve permanent alterations to the vintage guitar's body, which generally I would like to avoid.
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Useful links
YouTube Clip - David Bristow - Three Fat Ladies
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Rich Woman/Gone, Gone, Gone/Done Moved On (Grammys 2009)
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