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 AVAILABLE NOW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - EASTMAN 2009 AR910CE SUNBURST, ALL SOLID CARVED SERIES, FLOATING NECK P/UP & PICKGUARD CONTROLS- VTGC1065.1. 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. CONTENT UPDATE - THE VTG OPERATION DOES NOT SUPPORT EXPENSE OF NEW, MORE FUNCTIONAL WEBSITE, SO PLEASE BEAR WITH ME WHILE I WORK THROUGH TO CREATE A MORE MANAGEABLE FORMAT.
1. VTG AVAILABLE NOW & READY TO GO! - OVERHAUL COMPLETED - VINTAGE 12-STRING - YAMAHA FG-512 SPRUCE & ROSEWOOD 1981 OPEN-HEADSTOCK TOP-OF-LINE GUITAR - VTG1433.1. VTG AVAILABLE NOW & READY TO GO! - JAZZ, BLUES & SWING TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP - WASHBURN J6 "MONTGOMERY" SPRUCE & MAPLE 2001 L-5 TYPE GUITAR - VTG1082.1. VTG AVAILABLE NOW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - HANDCRAFTED JUMBO ACOUSTIC - ROB ARMSTRONG 1993 SPRUCE/WALNUT/EBONY GUITAR, PRO. REFURB/UPGRADE - VTGC1063.
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. CONTENT UPDATE - THE VTG OPERATION DOES NOT SUPPORT EXPENSE OF NEW, MORE FUNCTIONAL WEBSITE, SO PLEASE BEAR WITH ME WHILE I WORK THROUGH TO CREATE A MORE MANAGEABLE FORMAT.
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. 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.
Guitars both "READY TO GO!" & available now or "IN THE WORKSHOP" for Professional Restoration & meantime available to "PRE-ORDER" - Please also check below or enquire for other guitars which may be coming available in the future.
 
1. VTG AVAILABLE NOW & READY TO GO! - JAZZ, BLUES & SWING TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP - WASHBURN J6 "MONTGOMERY" SPRUCE & MAPLE 2001 L-5 TYPE GUITAR - VTG1082.
Mature, Iconic Style, Deep-Bodied Blond Jazzer, Adjustable Floating Hardwood Bridge, Gold Hardware, Grover Tuners, "Reso-Tone" Tailpiece, Rosewood Fingerboard & Block Inlays.
£599
1. VTG AVAILABLE NOW & READY TO GO! - OVERHAUL COMPLETED - VINTAGE 12-STRING - YAMAHA FG-512 SPRUCE & ROSEWOOD 1981 OPEN-HEADSTOCK TOP-OF-LINE GUITAR - VTG1433.
Really Excellent, Original Condition, Overhaul & Set-up completed in the workshop, Replacement Graph Tech Tusq nut fitted, plus Ernie Ball Earthwood 2012 Medium 11-52 Gauge strings.
£399
1. VTG AVAILABLE NOW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - EASTMAN 2009 AR910CE SUNBURST, ALL SOLID CARVED SERIES, FLOATING NECK P/UP & PICKGUARD CONTROLS- VTGC1065.
Fine example of the Top-of-the-Range Eastman Jazz Guitar, excellent condition, Large 17" Archtop Body, Spruce top, Carved Maple Back & Sides, Fibreglass fitted hard case.
£2399
1. VTG AVAILABLE NOW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - HANDCRAFTED JUMBO ACOUSTIC - ROB ARMSTRONG 1993 SPRUCE/WALNUT/EBONY GUITAR, PRO. REFURB/UPGRADE - VTGC1063.
Fine example of Rob Armstrong's individual design guitars, 16.25" Jumbo body, similar size to Gibson J-185, but with longer 25.5" scale length. Quality Hard Case Incl.
£1399
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