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 COMPLETED!: CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - EC "BEANO" LP TYPE ELECTRIC GUITAR - JHS "VINTAGE" BRAND/CUSTOMISED MODEL, CHERRYBURST, PRO. SET-UP/UPGRADE - VTGC1064.VTG SALE COMPLETED!: NEW! - DIY RESTORATION PROJECT - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY STELLA H927 CHICAGO, USA 1970 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1393.VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - ACOUSTIC BLUES & RAGTIME VINTAGE 12-STRINGS - HARMONY SOVEREIGN H1270 & OTHER HARMONY & GUILD, USA GUITARS FROM THE 1960s/1970s.
RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD!: OVERHAUL/UPGRADE COMPLETED - VINTAGE 12-STRING ACOUSTIC - YAMAHA FG-312 SPRUCE/MAHOGANY 1978 OPEN-HEADSTOCK W/ARTEC P/U & ENDPIN PREAMP - VTG1078.VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - ACOUSTIC BLUES & RAGTIME VINTAGE 12-STRINGS - HARMONY STELLA USA H912, H913 & H922 (BLIND WILLIE McTELL) GUITARS FROM 1940s TO 1960s.RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD!: NEW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - HARMONY STELLA H929TG CHICAGO, USA MID-1960s ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE PARLOR GUITAR, RARE FINISH DETAIL - VTG1583.
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
RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD!: NEW! - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE TENOR - HARMONY STELLA H929TG CHICAGO, USA MID-1960S ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE PARLOR GUITAR, RARE FINISH DETAIL - VTG1583.
Ladder Braced, Excellent, Original Condition, Great Sound, 4-String Blues/Folk/Banjo Player - The Cleanest & Best Preserved of the many Stella Tenor Guitars I have Restored & Sold!
SOLD
RESTORATION COMPLETED & SOLD!: OVERHAUL/UPGRADE COMPLETED - VINTAGE 12-STRING ACOUSTIC - YAMAHA FG-312 SPRUCE/MAHOGANY 1978 OPEN-HEADSTOCK W/ARTEC P/U & ENDPIN PREAMP - VTG1078.
Good, Overhauled & Upgraded, Original Condition, following fingerboard re-levelling and re-fret, plus new Artec Pickup Replacement, Endpin Pre-Amp Installation & Set-up.
SOLD
VTG SALE COMPLETED!: CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - EC "BEANO" LP TYPE ELECTRIC GUITAR - JHS "VINTAGE" BRAND/CUSTOMISED MODEL, CHERRYBURST, PRO. SET-UP/UPGRADE - VTGC1064.
Excellent Condition, Upgraded with Pro Modified, Unlogoed Gibson-style "Open Book" Headstock & Kluson Revolution Keystone/Tulip button tuners, Quality Pod-type Case incl.
£259
VTG SALE COMPLETED!: NEW! - DIY RESTORATION PROJECT - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY STELLA H927 CHICAGO, USA 1970 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1393.
Ladder Braced, Great Character, Great Blues Tone & Volume! - Very decent cosmetic condition, so worthwhile project, ready to go into your workshop for restoration, or play bottleneck as-is.
SOLD
VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - ACOUSTIC BLUES & RAGTIME VINTAGE 12-STRINGS - HARMONY SOVEREIGN H1270 & OTHER HARMONY & GUILD, USA GUITARS FROM THE 1960S/1970S.
Brief details of previously sold USA-made 12-strings - please see "Inventory: Available Now or Restorations Available to Pre-Order" pages for any similar guitars currently for sale, or contact me.
SOLD
VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - ACOUSTIC BLUES & RAGTIME VINTAGE 12-STRINGS - HARMONY STELLA USA H912, H913 & H922 (BLIND WILLIE MCTELL) GUITARS FROM 1940S TO 1960S.
Brief details of previously sold Stella 12-strings - please see "Inventory: Available Now or Restorations Available to Pre-Order" pages for any similar guitars currently for sale, or contact me.
SOLD
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