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.
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE OVAL/ROUNDHOLE ARCHTOP - KAY MARVELTONE CHICAGO, USA C.1940 SPRUCE & MAPLE SUNBURST JUMBO 26" SCALE GUITAR - VTG1584.INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - ACOUSTIC "SLOPE-SHOULDER" DREADNOUGHT - MORRIS MG-30 c.1991 SPRUCE/MAHOGANY J-45 TYPE GUITAR, L R BAGGS SOUNDHOLE PICKUP INSTALLED - VTG1581.INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - EASTMAN 2009 AR910CE, ALL SOLID CARVED SERIES, FLOATING NECK P/UP & P/GUARD CONTROLS - VTGC1065.
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - AFTER OVERHAUL - ACOUSTIC BLUES/BLUEGRASS SQUARE-NECK RESONATOR - REGAL RD-40CHS RESOPHONIC SPIDER CONE LAP SLIDE DOBRO GUITAR - VTG1580 - NOW SOLD!INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - WASHBURN J-10 ORLEANS 1997 SPRUCE/FLAMED SYCAMORE 17" DEEP-BODIED SINGLE FLOATING P/UP RARE/LIMITED PRODUCTION GUITAR! - VTG1547.INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - AFTER OVERHAUL - ACOUSTIC BLUES RESONATOR GUITAR - REGAL RD-30M STUDIO SERIES RESOPHONIC - CUSTOM MAHOGANY SPIDER-CONE - VTG1570.
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
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - WASHBURN J-10 ORLEANS 1997 SPRUCE/FLAMED SYCAMORE 17" DEEP-BODIED SINGLE FLOATING P/UP RARE/LIMITED PRODUCTION GUITAR! - VTG1547.
Fine example of Top-of-Range Washburn Jazz Guitar only limited production period in the '90s, so hard to find, excellent condition, Quality hard case.
£999
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - EASTMAN 2009 AR910CE, ALL SOLID CARVED SERIES, FLOATING NECK P/UP & P/GUARD CONTROLS - VTGC1065.
Fine example of the Top-of-the-Range Sunburst Eastman Jazz Guitar, excellent condition, Large 17" Archtop Body, Spruce top, Carved Maple Back & Sides, Fibreglass fitted hard case.
£2099
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - ACOUSTIC "SLOPE-SHOULDER" DREADNOUGHT - MORRIS MG-30 C.1991 SPRUCE/MAHOGANY J-45 TYPE GUITAR, L R BAGGS SOUNDHOLE PICKUP INSTALLED - VTG1581.
A Rare Guitar over here! Beautiful Reddish Sunburst Finish top, and remarkable Fiddleback type Grain Banding to Book-matched back. Quality Soundhole Pickup, and Quality Case included.
£549
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE OVAL/ROUNDHOLE ARCHTOP - KAY MARVELTONE CHICAGO, USA C.1940 SPRUCE & MAPLE SUNBURST JUMBO 26" SCALE GUITAR - VTG1584.
A Very Rare & All Original Acoustic Guitar, Excellent Restored Condition, Fingerboard Re-levelled & Re-fretted, Original Kluson Single-line Tuners, Newtone Heritage Strings.
£799
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - AFTER OVERHAUL - ACOUSTIC BLUES RESONATOR GUITAR - REGAL RD-30M STUDIO SERIES RESOPHONIC - CUSTOM MAHOGANY SPIDER-CONE - VTG1570.
Low-profile Round Neck, Aluminium Cone, Spider Bridge, Classic Sunray Cover Plate, 14:1 Vintage-style tuners, Adjusted & Set-up, Custom Scratchplate, Newtone MM Resonator Strings.
£289
INVENTORY: AVAILABLE NOW! 1: NEW! - AFTER OVERHAUL - ACOUSTIC BLUES/BLUEGRASS SQUARE-NECK RESONATOR - REGAL RD-40CHS RESOPHONIC SPIDER CONE LAP SLIDE DOBRO GUITAR - VTG1580 - NOW SOLD!
Cherry Sunburst, Spruce/Mahogany body, Square Mahogany Neck, Aluminium Cone, Classic Sunray Cover Plate, Vintage-style tuners, Adjusted & Set-up, Michael Messer Resonator Strings.
SOLD
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