The process of having Rory create my guitar was thoroughly rewarding from start to finish.
When I first had the chance to play one of Rory's instruments I was impressed by the quality of tone, the playability and the finish. Though I was not immediately free to commit the funds to a purchase, that guitar and Rory himself stuck in my mind. He had been friendly, very responsive to my questions, knowledgeable and generous with his time.
As it became clearer I could aim to have a guitar made especially for me, I returned to Rory without hesitating. I had also decided going to a Scottish guitar-maker was important to me. He welcomed me to his workshop, we talked over my ideas of what I wanted at some length and came up with tweaks to one of his base models which would suit my needs. I was, again, impressed by his knowledge and responsiveness to building an instrument that would suit the style of playing I wanted. A deposit was placed, a specification contracted to and plans set in motion.
Nearer the time of the build, Rory invited me back, showed me the pieces of wood he'd chosen for the neck, the back and top, checked the specification was still suitable and he started construction. He particularly showed me his idea for the cutaway which best matched my needs. Some weeks later it was time to collect the finished Taran Mhor, ready to go with beautiful cutaway and pickup. A few tweaks to the setup on collection and that it was it.
In short, I am delighted with my virtually unique, Scottish, hand-crafted guitar. It looks lovely, plays easily, and sounds marvellous for both rhythm accompaniment and fingerstyle.
- Allan Pettie