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 RECENTLY COMPLETED - CLASSICAL/FOLK/CROSSOVER VINTAGE  - ESPANA SL-1 B&J BJARTON RARE VERSION SWEDISH 1961 SPRUCE & SAPELE GUITAR - VTG1325 - NOW SOLD! (a)VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED *** BLUES, JAZZ & SWING VINTAGE ARCHTOP *** RADIOTONE 7812 c.1935 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & FLAME MAPLE GUITAR - VTG1541 - SOLD IMMEDIATELY! (a)VTG RESTORATION RECENTLY SOLD - BLUES, JAZZ & SWING VINTAGE ARCHTOP - HARMONY H1320 MONTEREY USA LATE 1930s/1940 ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1487 - SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! (a)
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - BLUES VINTAGE 12-STRING - KAY KD28-12 MID-1970s KOREAN-MADE RARE TAILPIECE STYLE DREADNOUGHT GUITAR - VTGC1038 - NOW SOLD! (a)VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED *** BLUES, JAZZ & SWING TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP *** WASHBURN J-6 MONTGOMERY SPRUCE & MAPLE c.2000 L-5 TYPE 17" GUITAR - VTG1529 - NOW SOLD! (a)VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED *** BLUES TRADITIONAL RESONATOR *** NATIONAL RESO-PHONIC POLYCHROME TRICONE 2006 12-FRET GUITAR - VTGC1033 - NOW SOLD! (a)
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
VTG RESTORATION RECENTLY SOLD - BLUES, JAZZ & SWING VINTAGE ARCHTOP - HARMONY H1320 MONTEREY USA LATE 1930S/1940 ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1487 - SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! (A)
Fully Original All Solid Woods Spruce Top Deep Red Wine Sunburst/Check Binding Flamed Back & Sides Finish Soft "V" Neck - Through the Workshop - restoration now completed, and buyer has collected.
SOLD
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED *** BLUES TRADITIONAL RESONATOR *** NATIONAL RESO-PHONIC POLYCHROME TRICONE 2006 12-FRET GUITAR - VTGC1033 - NOW SOLD! (A)
Superb, Steel-Bodied, Modern Traditional Tricone, Vintage/Art Deco Style, Little-used Mint Condition in Original Case.
SOLD
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED *** BLUES, JAZZ & SWING TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC ARCHTOP *** WASHBURN J-6 MONTGOMERY SPRUCE & MAPLE C.2000 L-5 TYPE 17" GUITAR - VTG1529 - NOW SOLD! (A)
Mature, Iconic Style, Deep-bodied Blond Jazzer. Excellent Professionally Overhauled Condition, Playability, Sound & Vibe.
SOLD
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED *** BLUES, JAZZ & SWING VINTAGE ARCHTOP *** RADIOTONE 7812 C.1935 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & FLAME MAPLE GUITAR - VTG1541 - SOLD IMMEDIATELY! (A)
Really Well-Known Danceband Guitar, L-5 influenced, Cremona Brown finish & reported to have Carved Top. Wider Fingerboard 48mm. Nut Width.
SOLD
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - BLUES VINTAGE 12-STRING - KAY KD28-12 MID-1970S KOREAN-MADE RARE TAILPIECE STYLE DREADNOUGHT GUITAR - VTGC1038 - NOW SOLD! (A)
Blues 12-string - "American Heritage Series"? Prof. Overhauled, 47.5mm. Nut Width, Approx. 2.25mm./2.75mm. 12th. fret string adjustable action height, 650mm. Scale Length.
SOLD
VTG SALE RECENTLY COMPLETED - CLASSICAL/FOLK/CROSSOVER VINTAGE - ESPANA SL-1 B&J BJARTON RARE VERSION SWEDISH 1961 SPRUCE & SAPELE GUITAR - VTG1325 - NOW SOLD! (A)
Currently Nylon Strung, but Metal Roller Tuners + 45mm. Nut Width Fingerboard suggest unusual early Hybrid design model version for either Nylon or Silk & Steel Strings.
SOLD
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