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 NOW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - IRISH HANDCRAFTED TENOR BANJO - CLAREEN "SPECIAL" MODEL 1999, CLOSED BACK/RESONATOR 19 FRET, 23" SCALE - VTGC1059 - NOW SOLD!2. PICKGUARDS & PICKUPS - CUSTOM-MADE ARCHTOP PICKGUARDS WITH OR WITHOUT PRE-FITTED PICKUPS, MOUNTED CONTROLS & JACK UNDER GUARD + FLATTOP PICKGUARDS & MORE.2. VTG AVAILABLE NOW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE - YAMAHA GC-3D NIPPON GAKKI, JAPAN LABEL 1974 GRAND CONCERT GUITAR - VTG1576.
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 NOW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - VINTAGE RESONATOR MANDOLIN - REGAL CHICAGO, USA DOBRO 1930s/c.1940 TOP-OF-THE-LINE MODEL 290 W/ORIG. CASE - VTGC1056 - NOW SOLD!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. PICKGUARDS & PICKUPS - CUSTOM-MADE ARCHTOP PICKGUARDS WITH OR WITHOUT PRE-FITTED PICKUPS, MOUNTED CONTROLS & JACK UNDER GUARD + FLATTOP PICKGUARDS & MORE.
In Association with SOS Vintage Guitars & Guards, NY, United States. Extensive range of Pickguards & Pickups, either to fit yourself, or our fitting service.
POA
2. VTG AVAILABLE NOW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - CLASSICAL/SPANISH VINTAGE - YAMAHA GC-3D NIPPON GAKKI, JAPAN LABEL 1974 GRAND CONCERT GUITAR - VTG1576.
Luthier Inspected/Believed to be All Solid, Top, Back & Sides, Beautiful Tonewoods & Quality Detailing, Ebony Fingerboard, New Bone Nut & Saddle, Clear Golpeador fitted.
£699
2. VTG AVAILABLE NOW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - IRISH HANDCRAFTED TENOR BANJO - CLAREEN "SPECIAL" MODEL 1999, CLOSED BACK/RESONATOR 19 FRET, 23" SCALE - VTGC1059 - NOW SOLD!
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
2. VTG AVAILABLE NOW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - VINTAGE RESONATOR MANDOLIN - REGAL CHICAGO, USA DOBRO 1930S/C.1940 TOP-OF-THE-LINE MODEL 290 W/ORIG. CASE - VTGC1056 - NOW SOLD!
Outstandingly Good Condition, Restored Playability by Professional Luthier, 14" Scale, Genuine Dobro Licensed Amplification, Spider Bridge Single Cone, Original Nickel-Plated Cover.
SOLD
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.
£659
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.
TBA
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