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.
1. VTG PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - HAND CRAFTED MANDOLIN - PAUL HATHWAY "MODEL I" ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY WITH CASE - VTGC1054.1. ENQUIRIES - VTG IS 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.1. VTG PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - HANDCRAFTED ACOUSTIC GUITAR - ROB ARMSTRONG 2006 "92" SHAPE SPRUCE & ROSEWOOD - VTGC1057.
1. VTG PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - VINTAGE RESONATOR MANDOLIN - REGAL CHICAGO, USA DOBRO 1930s/EARLY 1940s MODEL 250 W/ORIG. CASE - VTGC1056.1. AVAILABLE GUITARS - VTG INVENTORY - GUITARS EITHER "READY TO GO!" OR "RESTORATION", IN THE WORKSHOP, AVAILABLE FOR "PRE-ORDER" + ARCHIVE OF PAST RESTORATIONS/SALES FOR INTEREST.1. VTG PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - HAND CRAFTED 12-STRING CITTERN OR OCTAVE GUITAR - PAUL HATHWAY MODEL C-I-12 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY - VTGC1055.
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
1. AVAILABLE GUITARS - VTG INVENTORY - GUITARS EITHER "READY TO GO!" OR "RESTORATION", IN THE WORKSHOP, AVAILABLE FOR "PRE-ORDER" + ARCHIVE OF PAST RESTORATIONS/SALES FOR INTEREST.
Not only the VTG speciality of Vintage Harmony, Stella & other Chicago/USA-made guitars, also variety of other guitars, modern & vintage, incl. Customer's Commission Sales - PRICES QUOTED ARE FOR THE COMPLETED RESTORED GUITAR.
 
1. ENQUIRIES - VTG IS 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.
Still experiencing some website photo upload issues....apologies if some photos appearing in random order....will be corrected as soon as possible - PLEASE ENQUIRE IF THE GUITAR TYPE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IS NOT LISTED.
 
1. VTG PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - HAND CRAFTED 12-STRING CITTERN OR OCTAVE GUITAR - PAUL HATHWAY MODEL C-I-12 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY - VTGC1055.
All Solid Timbers, with case. Further Details & Photos to be added shortly. Please contact me for information, if you are interested meantime.
TBA
1. VTG PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - HAND CRAFTED MANDOLIN - PAUL HATHWAY "MODEL I" ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY WITH CASE - VTGC1054.
Details & Photos to be added shortly. Please contact me for information, if you are interested meantime.
TBA
1. VTG PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - HANDCRAFTED ACOUSTIC GUITAR - ROB ARMSTRONG 2006 "92" SHAPE SPRUCE & ROSEWOOD - VTGC1057.
With Quality Hard Case. Further Details to be added shortly. Please contact me for information, if you are interested meantime.
TBA
1. VTG PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - VINTAGE RESONATOR MANDOLIN - REGAL CHICAGO, USA DOBRO 1930S/EARLY 1940S MODEL 250 W/ORIG. CASE - VTGC1056.
Details to be added shortly. Please contact me for information, if you are interested meantime.
TBA
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