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.
RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD! - PRE-ORDERED: ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - WASHBURN J-6 "MONTGOMERY" SPRUCE & MAPLE 2001 JAZZ/BLUES/SWING TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP L-5 TYPE GUITAR - VTG1082.RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD! - PRE-ORDERED: NEW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - HARMONY "SOVEREIGN" H1201TG CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE 1960s ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY GUITAR - VTG1585.RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD!: NEW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - HARMONY STELLA H929TG CHICAGO, USA MID-1960s ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE PARLOR GUITAR - VTG1583.
RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD! - PRE-ORDERED: NEW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE DREADNOUGHT - HARMONY OPUS V CHICAGO, USA c.1973 J-45 TYPE "SLOPE-SHOULDER" TOP-LINE GUITAR - VTG1582.RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD! - PRE-ORDERED: NEW! - AFTER OVERHAUL - ACOUSTIC BRAZILIAN STEEL-STRUNG - GIANNINI GS-350 VINTAGE 1972 EXOTIC TIMBER GRAND CONCERT GUITAR - VTG1380.RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD! - PRE-ORDERED: ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY H1009 USA 1936 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH, ALL ORIGINAL 12-FRET SOFT "V" NECK GUITAR - VTG1505
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
RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD! - PRE-ORDERED: ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY H1009 USA 1936 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH, ALL ORIGINAL 12-FRET SOFT "V" NECK GUITAR - VTG1505
Prof. Restored USA Harmony "Depression Era" Parlor - Great Condition, Character & BluesTone! - "In the Workshop" for restoration & already "pre-ordered"!
£599
RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD! - PRE-ORDERED: ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - WASHBURN J-6 "MONTGOMERY" SPRUCE & MAPLE 2001 JAZZ/BLUES/SWING TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP 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.
SOLD
RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD! - PRE-ORDERED: NEW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE DREADNOUGHT - HARMONY OPUS V CHICAGO, USA C.1973 J-45 TYPE "SLOPE-SHOULDER" TOP-LINE GUITAR - VTG1582.
All Solid Spruce and Mahogany, Late USA Production Top-Line X-Braced Model, similar to J-45 - restoration completed, incl. New Exact Replacement Set Grover "Milk Bottle" Tuners!
SOLD
RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD! - PRE-ORDERED: NEW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - HARMONY "SOVEREIGN" H1201TG CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE 1960S ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY GUITAR - VTG1585.
All Solid Woods 23" Scale Ladder Braced 4-String Parlor Tenor Guitar, with "Bug" pickup fitted - completed "In the Workshop" for overhaul & now immediately available.
£599
RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD! - PRE-ORDERED: NEW! - AFTER OVERHAUL - ACOUSTIC BRAZILIAN STEEL-STRUNG - GIANNINI GS-350 VINTAGE 1972 EXOTIC TIMBER GRAND CONCERT GUITAR - VTG1380.
Generally Smart, Original Condition, now out of the workshop after Overhaul, Fingerboard Re-levelling, Re-fret & Set-up, fitted JLD Bridge System & Newtone Heritage strings.
SOLD
RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD!: NEW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - HARMONY STELLA H929TG CHICAGO, USA MID-1960S ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE PARLOR GUITAR - VTG1583.
Ladder Braced, Excellent, Original Condition, with Rare Finish Detail, Great Sound, 4-String - Cleanest/Best Preserved of the many Stella Tenor Guitars I have Restored & Sold!
SOLD
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