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.
2. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT - HARMONY H165 CHICAGO, USA 1970 ALL SOLID MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1552.2. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT - HARMONY H165 CHICAGO, USA MID-1960s ALL SOLID MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1390.2. VTG AVAILABLE NOW! - OVERHAULED & READY TO GO! - JAZZ, BLUES & SWING TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP - WASHBURN J-6 "MONTGOMERY" SPRUCE & MAPLE 2001 L-5 TYPE GUITAR - VTG1082.
2. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT - HARMONY H162 CHICAGO, USA 1965 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1514.2. VTG AVAILABLE NOW! - OVERHAULED & READY TO GO! - VINTAGE 12-STRING ACOUSTIC W/PICKUP - YAMAHA FG-412SB 1980 OPEN-HEADSTOCK, FITTED ARTEC S/H P/U - VTG1438.2. VTG AVAILABLE SOON! - AFTER MINOR OVERHAUL - BLUES RESONATOR GUITAR - REGAL RD-30M STUDIO SERIES RESOPHONIC ACOUSTIC - NATURAL 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
2. VTG AVAILABLE NOW! - OVERHAULED & READY TO GO! - JAZZ, BLUES & SWING TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP - WASHBURN J-6 "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.
POA
2. VTG AVAILABLE NOW! - 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.
£459
2. VTG AVAILABLE SOON! - AFTER MINOR OVERHAUL - BLUES RESONATOR GUITAR - REGAL RD-30M STUDIO SERIES RESOPHONIC ACOUSTIC - NATURAL MAHOGANY SPIDER-CONE - VTG1570.
Low-profile Round Mahogany Neck, Aluminum Cone, Spider Bridge, Classic Sunray Cover Plate, 14:1 Vintage-style tuners, Adjusted & Set-up, Michael Messer National Strings.
£289
2. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT - HARMONY H162 CHICAGO, USA 1965 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1514.
All Solid Woods, Professional Restoration Condition, Excellent Condition, Sound & Playing - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration, available for pre-order, pending restoration!
£599
2. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT - HARMONY H165 CHICAGO, USA 1970 ALL SOLID MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1552.
The Lightnin' Hopkins Model! Last year of model production, Professionally Restored, Excellent Original Condition & Sound/Playing. - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration & available to "pre-order"!
£599
2. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT - HARMONY H165 CHICAGO, USA MID-1960S ALL SOLID MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1390.
The Lightnin' Hopkins Model!, Professionally Restored Condition, Excellent Sound/Playing - "In the Workshop" with restoration in progress and now "pre-ordered".
£599
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