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.
5. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES, JAZZ & SWING VINTAGE ARCHTOP - HARMONY H955 "BROADWAY" CHICAGO, USA 1944-1946 ALL SOLID WOODS ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1567.6. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - KAY SILVERTONE MOD. 661 CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE 1964/66 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY 000/OM SIZE GUITAR - VTG1089.6. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - HARMONY STELLA H929TG CHICAGO, USA 1955 ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE PARLOR GUITAR - VTG1536.
6. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION  - BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY "ARCHTONE" H1215T CHICAGO, USA 1960 SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1563.6. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - HARMONY "SOVEREIGN" H1201TG CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE 1960s ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY GUITAR - VTG1498.6. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY "ARCHTONE" H1215T CHICAGO, USA 1948 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1546.
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
5. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES, JAZZ & SWING VINTAGE ARCHTOP - HARMONY H955 "BROADWAY" CHICAGO, USA 1944-1946 ALL SOLID WOODS ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1567.
Rare Early H955 Model, rather than more numerous H954 Broadway, "Wartime" Wooden Tailpiece - waiting to go "In the Workshop" for restoration & available for reservation on "pre-order".
POA
6. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY "ARCHTONE" H1215T CHICAGO, USA 1960 SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1563.
All Solid Birch 23" Scale, All Original, to be Prof. Restored, Excellent Structural/Playing Condition - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration & available to "pre-order".
POA
6. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE ARCHTOP TENOR - HARMONY "ARCHTONE" H1215T CHICAGO, USA 1948 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC 4-STRING GUITAR - VTG1546.
All Solid Birch 23" Scale, All Original, Prof. Restored, Excellent Structural/Playing Condition - "In the Workshop", restoration nearing completion & available to "pre-order"!
£799
6. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - HARMONY "SOVEREIGN" H1201TG CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE 1960S ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY GUITAR - VTG1498.
All Solid Woods 23" Scale Ladder Braced 4-String Parlor Tenor Guitar - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration & available to "pre-order".
£599
6. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - HARMONY STELLA H929TG CHICAGO, USA 1955 ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE PARLOR GUITAR - VTG1536.
Ladder Braced, Excellent, Professionally Restored Condition, Great Sound, 4-String Blues/Folk/Banjo Player - waiting to go into the workshop for Restoration & Available for "pre-order".
£499
6. VTG AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - KAY SILVERTONE MOD. 661 CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE 1964/66 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY 000/OM SIZE GUITAR - VTG1089.
23" Scale Ladder Braced 4-String Spruce & Mahogany Tenor Guitar - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration - available to "pre-order".
£459
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