Taran DS5 Taran, Macassar Ebony & Master Grade Swiss Moon Spruce - Pre-Owned


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To celebrate his 12 years of building guitars, Scottish luthier Rory Dowling has crafted a series of very special instruments, utilizing his most coveted tonewoods and build materials. The fifth in that series, this Dowling Signature 5, or DS5 Taran, was completed in May 2019.

The Taran model is Rory's slightly scaled down OM design. The smallest in his range, its easy responsiveness, comfortable curvature, and balanced voice will delight any fingerstylist. Featuring a richly figured set of Macassar ebony for the back and sides, paired with master-grade Swiss moon spruce, the tone of this particular Taran is as clear and articulate as could be, with a strong midrange, tight yet warm bass, crisp trebles, and a clean sustain. The tapering of the lower bout adds comfort with no tonal sacrifice, while a slight arm bevel adds even more playability and comfort. The artistic touches on this guitar are outstanding, and perfectly accent its tone. Touches of burl elm and Scottish sycamore are seen on the purfling and asymmetrical rosette, and fine line fret markers are as functional as they are attractive.

This Taran DS5 is in excellent condition, and comes with its original custom fit Calton case, as well as a hand signed letter and spec sheet from Rory.

  • Model: Taran (OM-sized)
  • Top: Master-grade Swiss moon spruce
  • Back and sides: Macassar ebony
  • Neck: Reclaimed mahogany with negative taper
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Ebano, bound with ebano
  • Peghead veneer: Hot Sand fade Scottish Walnut
  • Rosette: Asymmetric with Hot Sand fade Scottish burl elm with Scottish sycamore, Macassar ebony and .2 black and red veneer lines
  • Binding: Ebano
  • Purfling: Rippled Scottish sycamore
  • Bridge and pins: Ebony
  • Saddle: Bone, compensated
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510 21:1, gold with black buttons
  • Brace pattern: Compression braces on back
  • Scale length: 25.4" (645mm)
  • Nut width: 1-3/4" (45mm)
  • String spacing at the saddle: 2-1/4" (57mm)
  • Lower bout: 15" (382mm)
  • Depth: 4.17" (106mm)
  • Length: 18.9" (480mm)
  • Serial number: DS 5
  • Year of build: 2019
  • Case: Calton (teal and black)


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Taran Guitars

Set up by Rory Dowling in 2007, Taran Guitars quickly became synonymous with high-quality instruments played by amazing musicians, such as Martin Simpson, and guitar players throughout Britain and beyond. 

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