Ron Jappy


After trying out a whole range of guitars, and visiting a variety of different luthiers, I knew instantly that a Taran was the right choice for me. From the moment I picked up one of Rory’s guitars in the workshop, I could just tell that so much care and attention had gone in to building it, something you don’t get from every guitar you pick up. You can’t really explain it, it’s just a feel thing. A truly wonderful feel thing at that!

When I first went to visit, Mhairi, who essentially became my guitar shopping buddy as we travelled around the country to various workshops and guitar outlets, described Rory’s guitars as “a wonderful cushion of sound” that surrounded her whilst playing, and it made her feel “free in the tune”, something that she’d never experienced from a guitar before! A testimony in itself to his great work.

Rory’s knowledge and experience is second to none. From choosing the types of wood, to what colours would work for the rosette design, or what kind of pick up would work with my style of playing, to which fine tuners would suit the overall design, every step was met with the highest calibre of expertise and professionalism. I am a firm believer in customer care, and I can honestly say nothing compares to the customer care and experience you get at Taran guitars.

Since getting my Tirga Beag in September 2014, I’ve played it non-stop (and guitar isn’t the only instrument I play!). From UK & European tours, to recording in the studio, plugged in or acoustically, the versatility and adaptability of my Taran is truly remarkable. I’ve not even had my guitar for a year yet, and it keeps getting better. Every time I pick it up, I discover something new, or something else sings from the body. It’s quite simply a true masterpiece, and I couldn’t recommend Rory and Taran guitars highly enough.


Photo by Somhairle MacDonald

Photo by Somhairle MacDonald

Ron Also plays on the formidable Scott Wood Band

Described as “a collaboration of the most promising young Scottish Musicians”, and fronted by one of the world’s leading young bagpipers, the band features finalists from the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year and BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year competitions. Their success was also recognised with a nomination for the prestigious ‘Folk Band of the Year’ category at the 2014 BBC MG ALBA Scots Trad Awards.
— Scott Wood Band .com