I build instruments from the range that are purchasable throughout the year. As with all of my instruments, these are built to the highest standards from the very best materials. For me, it is essential that clients are 100% delighted with an instrument, so I offer a 7 day 'play it' period to all clients buying an instrument on spec.

Madagascan Rosewood Taran

The Taran - In  Madagascan Rosewood and Bearclaw Swiss Spruce

Saved for a Taran


I've been lucky enough to have been able to work with some of the best wood specialists in the country over the years. In 2013, I bought some sets of Madagascan Rosewood. Unbelievably beautiful in their own visual subtlety, but even more incredible for their glasslike tap tone and endless sustain. 


This is the classic 'Taran'. A smaller than Om guitar, perfect for evenings by the fire although equally at home on stage or in the recording studio with excellent balance across a hugely dynamic range. 

The Master Grade Madagascan Rosewood delivers power and clarity with the depth of tone you would expect to find from any exceptional Rosewood.

The Neck is Old reclaimed Brazilian Mahogany and has carbon fibre reinforcement rods as well as a 2 way truss-rod making this Slim C profile neck sing all the way up to the ‘dusty end’ with no wolf notes and no loss of power in the high notes. The polished Rocklite fret board is an incredibly stable and sustainable Ebony like material that is so easy to maintain, with a 45mm nut width giving a great balance between comfort and room. The bridge is solid Ebony from Cameroon and is hand carved to maximise strength and reduce weight. A string spacing for light to medium strings of 59mm break over the careful intonated bone saddle with an increased break angle, heightening even further the response and clarity of this guitar.

This guitar's side unit is single sided with laminated Scottish Lime linings. These linings increased the side stiffness and thus increase response of the soundboard getting the most out of the Master Grade Swiss Bearclaw Alpine Spruce top and its bracing of Sitka Spruce. The Taran has its own unique bracing pattern using a mixture of hand carved parabolic and scalloped bracing to balance the guitar's powerful full bass, with thick singing trebles and everything in between.

The rosette is a Mosaic of reclaimed Belizean Rosewood which has an almost holographic look, this wood shimmers in the light! The guitar is bound with highly rippled Mahogany and has a purfling of fine black and white veneers, this is also echoed on the bound rosette inner edge.

Matching Madagascan rosewood veneers with black under sheaths for the headstock face and back, the scarfed head of this guitar is virtually indestructible. Beautifully crafted tuners by Keith Robson in gold and Ebony for the most accurate and stable tuning around and the timeless t. logo is hand cut from solid gold and then hand inlaid to finish the head stock. Gold also features in the fret markers with circular 12th fret markers with polished gold dots for all the other major frets. Fret Wire is the highest quality Jesscar wire, hard wearing nickel silver finished with semi hemispherical fret end for maximum comfort.

The whole guitar is finished in Melamine Lacquer polished to a high gloss. This incredibly durable finish, applied in extremely thin coats, gives a protective finish that doesn’t hinder the guitar's wonderfully responsive soundboard.


  • Back & Sides - Madagascan Rosewood.
  • Soundboard - Swiss Bearclaw Spruce.
  • Rosette  - Reclaimed Belizean Rosewood and Rippled Mahogany.
  • Bindings - Reclaimed Rippled Mahogany and Scottish Sycamore purfling.
  • Neck - Old reclaimed low density Brazilian Mahogany.
  • Headstock - Madagascan Rosewood grafts with black veneers under sheaths.
  • Handmade Tuners in Gold and Blued steel by none other than Keith Robson.
  • Hand Carved Solid Ebony Bridge with Ebony Pins.
  • t. Hand cut from solid Sterling Silver.


Frets to body: 14 

Body Length: 480mm

Max Body Width: 382mm 

Depth: 113mm

Scale length: 645mm

Width at nut: 45mm

Spacing at saddle: 59mm 


This unique guitar is available now for £5110. This includes a Hiscox Artist Case and delivery within the UK. I can deliver anywhere in the EU for the additional cost of postage.

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