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.
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - VINTAGE MANDOLIN - HARMONY H8026 c.LATE 1970s VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - TRADITIONAL 12-STRING - SUZUKI SD312 1989 MIJ SPRUCE & MAHOGANY DREADNOUGHT GUITAR - VTG1240 - NOW SOLD!VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - VINTAGE 12-STRING - KASUGA T-300 1969 JAPANESE-MADE CEDAR & ROSEWOOD DREADNOUGHT ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1491 - NOW SOLD!
VTG WORKSHOP ARCHIVE - RESTORATIONS & REPAIRS COMPLETED FOR CUSTOMER'S ON THEIR ACOUSTIC & RESONATOR GUITARS, VINTAGE & MODERN.VTG USEFUL LINKS & INFORMATION - INFORMATION/RESEARCH & MUSIC SITES, LUTHIERS, SUPPLIERS OF PARTS, TOOLS, PICKUPS, STRINGS & CASES I KNOW & USE.VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - RARE OPPORTUNITY! - CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE - HARALD PETERSEN MODEL
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
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - RARE OPPORTUNITY! - CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE - HARALD PETERSEN MODEL "B" VINTAGE 1966 BRITISH LUTHIER MADE CONCERT GUITAR - VTGC1044 - RESERVED OVERNIGHT!
Iconic Maker, Spruce & Rosewood, Really Exceptional Condition & Play, "One Owner from new" until recently, and now with further provenance!
POA
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - TRADITIONAL 12-STRING - SUZUKI SD312 1989 MIJ SPRUCE & MAHOGANY DREADNOUGHT GUITAR - VTG1240 - NOW SOLD!
Clearance - Playable As-is - normal 12-string tuning down to D, Approx. 4mm. @ 12th. fret action, reducing to 3mm./3.5mm., capoed at 2nd. fret.
£159
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - VINTAGE 12-STRING - KASUGA T-300 1969 JAPANESE-MADE CEDAR & ROSEWOOD DREADNOUGHT ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1491 - NOW SOLD!
Beautiful Guild D-55-like Styling, Excellent Overhauled Condition, Fingerboard Re-levelled/Re-fretted, Bridge dressed, Great Sound & Play.
SOLD
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - VINTAGE MANDOLIN - HARMONY H8026 C.LATE 1970S "BATWING" ACOUSTIC BLUES & BLUEGRASS - VTGC1042 - NOW SOLD!
Professionally Overhauled, Set-up & Re-strung, by Colin Keefe, Luthier, Long Eaton, Nottingham. Really Excellent Condition, Sound & Play!
SOLD
VTG USEFUL LINKS & INFORMATION - INFORMATION/RESEARCH & MUSIC SITES, LUTHIERS, SUPPLIERS OF PARTS, TOOLS, PICKUPS, STRINGS & CASES I KNOW & USE.
If you should be included here & I have forgotten, apologies & please do give me a nudge!
 
VTG WORKSHOP ARCHIVE - RESTORATIONS & REPAIRS COMPLETED FOR CUSTOMER'S ON THEIR ACOUSTIC & RESONATOR GUITARS, VINTAGE & MODERN.
Not available for sale. Record of Restoration Commissions completed for customers.
 
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