Spotlight on Luthiers: Taran Guitars

Today the spotlight moves north to Scotland, and for a change it falls on a luthier who makes acoustic instruments.  Rory Dowling is the man behind Taran Guitars (Taran means ‘Thunder’ in Gaelic, apparently) and he builds a range of different acoustic guitars, tenors, mandolins and bouzoukis.  I’m not much of an acoustic player but these instruments look beautiful, and his website has some great build photos showing the innards of his guitars, as well as the finished products.

Here are a couple of examples of Rory’s work.  They almost make me want to play without an amplifier!

The 'Taran' model acoustic gutiar
The ‘Taran’ model acoustic gutiar
The Archtop Bouzouki
The Archtop Bouzouki

Author: gloopyjon

I grew up in England, attending school in Gloucester and then reading Classics at Peterhouse, Cambridge University. After working in London for three years, I moved to Belgium in 1993 where I have lived ever since. I played the piano as a child and also started playing the guitar, but never took it seriously until 2012, thanks to Rocksmith. I've also done a lot of singing, including over 30 amateur shows. Since 2012 I have been avidly accumulating guitar-related information as well as guitars and related gear, and I decided to create this site to share some of my knowledge, experiences and opinions with anybody who might be interested.

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