Baby Taylor - Acoustic Guitar Review
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No. Strings: 6
Body Type: Dreadnought 3/4 Size
Top Material: Sitka Spruce - Solid
Back & Sides: Sapele Laminate
Binding: White Plastic
Neck Material: Tropical American Mahogany 14 Frets To Body
Neck Shape: Low Profile
Neck Trussrod: Yes, Adjustable
Nut & Saddle Materials: Tusq
Fretboard Radius: 15"
Fretboard Inlay: Pearloid Dots
Headstock Overlay: Lexan
Scale Length: 22.75"
Total #Frets: 19
Nut Width: 1-11/16" Finish: Body Satin, Neck Satin
Bracing: "X" Bracing
Tuners: Enclosed, Die cast Chrome Plated
Guitar Dimensions: Overall=33.75"; Body Length=15.75"; Body Width=12.5"; Body Depth=3.375"
Baby Taylor Acoustic MSRP: $398.00 (incl. Gig Bag)
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Warranty: Limited Lifetime
The Baby Taylor Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar gives you sweet, full voice and open tone from an ultraportable 3/4-scale instrument.
A solid Sitka spruce top, sapele arched back and sides, ebony bridge and fretboard, and laser-etched rosette look great and add crisp projection.
Sapele high pressure laminate back and sides
- Solid Sitka spruce top
Laser etched rosette
- Tropical American mahogany neck
- Ebony fretboard
- Pearloid dot inlays
- Enclosed, die-cast chrome-plated tuning machines
- Limited lifetime warranty
The Baby Taylor is a 3/4 size acoustic guitar that is ideal for either a starter guitar for your small children or it serves as a great smaller travel guitar as well.
With its laminated sides and bullet proof finish, this guitar will stand up to the rigors of travel and to some of the abuse that a small child can dish out as well.
The Baby Taylor is an ideal starter guitar for young children and adults on the go as well. The neck is easily detachable with (2) Phillips head screws and easily comes apart for packing in a suitcase.
I feel that the satin finish on this guitar is total appropriate. If you travel with guitar or it is used by a young child, a gloss finish would get totally trashed. The satin finish will give you a great looking guitar for many years.
Besides being 3/4 the size of a full-sized Martin or Taylor, this is a very fundamental, no-frills guitar.
Even though the guitar has a solid Spruce top, it lacks a binding around the outside edge to protect the fragile top end grain.
The high pressure laminate back and sides have a Sapele appearance and the guitar also comes equipped with cast, chrome-plated tuning machines that work very smoothly.
While I spotted a few workmanship issues, there was nothing that was alarming that would affect the guitar longevity or its performance.
I selected similarly priced guitar manufactured by Martin, Fender, Yamaha and Takamine, and the Taylor was in my estimation, a better deal for the money.
I have found that because this guitar his a thinner profile body and also aided by the high pressure laminate back and sides, this guitar tends to be a little thin on the bass side and there is more treble than I would like.
Even so, this will make for a fine fingerstyle or flatpick guitar for the beginning player.
The sustain of this guitar is quite good and as I mentioned it is a little heavy on the treble side, but the projection is quite good as well.
One of my favorite features of this reasonably priced guitar is the solid Sitka Spruce top. You will find that with age, this top will mellow-out a bit and some of that edgy treble tone will disappear with the aging process.
Although it arrived in a playable condition, this guitar required a bit of setup.
The strings were a bit high, so there was a need to adjust the action of the strings.
Certainly if you will be getting into so difficult fingerstyle or flatpicking passages, you will want to lower the action to a certain degree.
Also if you have a youngster starting out, they would appreciate a lower string action.
The Baby Taylor is a very dependable guitar and you will find that it is rugged and will take a certain amount of abuse.
As the Sitka Spruce top is very fragile I do wish that the guitar had a protective binding around the to edge to protect the end grain of the top.
A sharp knock to this end grain could cause a crack to develop.
You will experience greater crack resistance with the high pressure laminate back and sides as opposed to solid wood back and sided guitars.
Taylor offers their typical lifetime warranty for this guitar. Warrantee resolving is a very strong element from Taylor when you purchase one of their guitars.
They state in their warranty that each customer and instrument is unique and thus are very important to them.
They will work with you on any issue, no matter how trivial or silly it may seem to you. Tech support is offered both by toll-free telephone and on-line.
Also, Taylor is known to travel around the country several times a year, putting on clinics for Taylor guitar owners, offering free tune-ups, set-ups, minor fixes, and a total once-over by a Taylor Factory Technician.
This gives a lot of customer satisfaction knowing that they can walk out of the store with a guitar that is as good or better than when they first bought it.
This is a desirable guitar for gig picking, taking to the beach, to college or to used as a notable starter guitar, but don't expect much more than that.
As I said this is a fantastic starter guitar, or what I would term a stepping stone guitar that you would outgrow as your musical capabilities progress.
It is difficult to produce a quality guitar in this low price range, but the people at Taylor have managed to pull it off with this classic little dreadnought.
Just a couple of things. I would purchase a good hard-shell case for this guitar because it really could use that to protect against abuse.
Additionally when the Elixir strings have worn out, replace them with strings that have a bit warmer tone. Taylor outfits the Baby Taylor guitar with Elixir Nanoweb Strings, which are great long-lasting strings.
I give this guitar a relatively high rating of 7.3 stars because I felt that it absolutely blew away many of the competitions guitars in the same price range.