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.
9.1. VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - BLUES VINTAGE 12-STRINGS - HARMONY SOVEREIGN H1270 & OTHER HARMONY & GUILD, USA 12-STRING GUITARS FROM THE 1960s/1970s.9. VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - OVERHAULED & READY TO GO! - VINTAGE 12-STRING ACOUSTIC W/PICKUP - YAMAHA FG-412SB 1980 OPEN-HEADSTOCK, FITTED ARTEC S/H P/U - VTG1438.9. VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - VINTAGE RESONATOR MANDOLIN - REGAL CHICAGO, USA DOBRO 1930s/c.1940 TOP-OF-THE-LINE MODEL 290 W/ORIG. CASE - VTGC1056.
9. VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - HAND CRAFTED MANDOLIN - PAUL HATHWAY MODEL M-I ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY FLAT BACK BODY - VTGC1054.9. VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - LUTHIER RESTORED & READY TO GO! - BLUES TENOR RESONATOR - DOBRO "CYCLOPS" USA, OMI PERIOD, MAPLE BISCUIT BRIDGE 4-STRING GUITAR - VTGC1052.9. VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - IRISH HANDCRAFTED TENOR BANJO - CLAREEN "SPECIAL" MODEL, CLOSED BACK/RESONATOR 19 FRET, 23" SCALE.
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
9. VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - HAND CRAFTED MANDOLIN - PAUL HATHWAY MODEL M-I ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY FLAT BACK BODY - VTGC1054.
With Quality Hard Case included, standard 360mm. scale Mandolin, Paul Hathway traditional folk style instrument with Rosewood Fingerboard & 1.25" width nut.
SOLD
9. VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - IRISH HANDCRAFTED TENOR BANJO - CLAREEN "SPECIAL" MODEL, CLOSED BACK/RESONATOR 19 FRET, 23" SCALE.
Made by Tom Cussen, Galway + Prof. Overhaul, Maple Pot/Resonator/Neck, Nickel Plated Fittings/Armrest, Rosewood Fingerboard/Peghead, MOP Shamrock/Dot Inlays, 30mm. Nut Width.
POA
9. VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - VINTAGE RESONATOR MANDOLIN - REGAL CHICAGO, USA DOBRO 1930S/C.1940 TOP-OF-THE-LINE MODEL 290 W/ORIG. CASE - VTGC1056.
Outstandingly Good Condition, Restored Playability by Professional Luthier, 14" Scale, Genuine Dobro Licensed Amplification, Spider Bridge Single Cone, Original Nickel-Plated Cover.
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.
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
9. VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - OVERHAULED & READY TO GO! - VINTAGE 12-STRING ACOUSTIC W/PICKUP - YAMAHA FG-412SB 1980 OPEN-HEADSTOCK, FITTED ARTEC S/H P/U - VTG1438.
Really Excellent, Original, Professionally Overhauled & Set-up Condition, Iconic Cherryburst Finish over Spruce/Mahogany, Decorated Batwing Pickguard & Artec WSH Pickup.
SOLD
9.1. VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - BLUES VINTAGE 12-STRINGS - HARMONY SOVEREIGN H1270 & OTHER HARMONY & GUILD, USA 12-STRING GUITARS FROM THE 1960S/1970S.
Brief details of previously sold Harmony USA made acoustic 12 string guitars - see "VTG AVAILABLE" listings, in the 12-String Guitar section, for similar available guitars or contact me.
SOLD
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