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Taylor Big Baby - Acoustic Guitar Review

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Model: Taylor Big Baby

No. Strings: 6
Body Type: Dreadnought 15/16 Size
Top Material: Sitka Spruce - Solid
Back & Sides: Sapele Laminate
Binding: None
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
Fretboard: Ebony
Scale Length: 25.5"
Total #Frets: 20
Nut Width: 1-11/16" Finish: Body Satin, Neck Satin
Bridge: Ebony
Bracing: "X" Bracing
Tuners: Enclosed, Die cast Chrome Plated
Guitar Dimensions: Overall=40.25"; Body Length=19.5"; Body Width=15.0"; Body Depth=4.0"
Electronics: None

Taylor Big Baby Acoustic MSRP: $598.00 (incl. Gig Bag)
Get this guitar today for a discounted price of $449.00. Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Taylor Big Baby Taylor Big Baby Acoustic Guitar

The Taylor Big Baby Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar gives you sweet, full voice and open tone from an ultraportable 15/16-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.

Taylor Big Baby Acoustic MSRP: $598.00 (incl. Gig Bag)
Get this guitar today for a discounted price of $449.00. Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Taylor Big Baby Acoustic Guitar:
    Sapele high pressure laminate back and sides
    Solid Sitka spruce top
    Laser etched soundhole rosette
    Tropical American mahogany neck
    Ebony fretboard
    Pearloid dot inlays

    Enclosed, die-cast chrome-plated tuning machines

    15/16 dreadnought size

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Taylor Big Baby Front Overall
Taylor Big Baby Partial Top
Taylor Big Baby Back
Taylor Big Baby Headpiece
Taylor Big Baby Bridge

The Taylor Big Baby

When my niece was looking to purchase a first guitar for her teenage son, she contacted me about recommendations for guitars. As he is quite a tall guy and had long fingers, I immediately was thinking along the line of a full-size starter dreadnought or 000 concert sized guitar.

After trying several guitars that matched the price range they were looking to stay within, I landed on the Taylor Big Baby for him. It is just a tad bit smaller in size than a full-sized dread, but that would be perfect. Also if he took good care of this guitar, it would be a excellent one for him to take along to college in a few years.

Features: 6.5

This is a very basic dreadnought guitar, that is just a bit smaller in stature from a full sized Taylor or Martin. I would place the size at, or very nearly the size of a typical 000 concert guitar, which makes it very comfortable to play.

It has a hand-rubbed, solid Spruce top, with no binding protection around the outside edge. The fretboard is ebony and the neck is a bolt-on variety that easily comes off for compact packing and traveling purposes.

It has a great looking taylor bridge, a good pick-guard, and the rosette is laser cut into the top, which actually looks rather nice.

The back and sides are constructed of Sapele finished High Pressure Laminate, the headstock is a plastic composite and the tuners are Grover-like cast, chrome plated and seem to work rather well.

There are some workmanship issues with this guitar, but again nothing too alarming. I noticed quite a bit of excess glue on the inside bracing that was not cleaned up.

This guitar comes with a padded gig bag, which is quite nice, but I would definitely go for a better hard-shell case if this guitar was to be taken on the road or used for more than casual traveling.

Sound Production: 6.0

I played several other similarly priced acoustics such as Yamaha's, Fenders, Takamine's, but the Taylor Big Baby came out on top.

While this can make an excellent flatpicking or fingerstyle guitar, it leans quite a bit toward a more treble tone, mostly because of the laminate back and sides, I would imagine. Projection is very good, as is the balance of the tone, with a good sustain as well.

The guitar comes from the factory with Elixir Strings, which is a great, long lasting string, that is hard to beat. The problem that I have with Elixirs on this guitar however, is that they tend to accentuate the treble, and this guitar certainly does not need this. So replacing the strings for the first time I would shop around for strings with a slightly warmer feeling.

One very positive aspect of this guitar is the solid wood Spruce top. You will find that with age, this top will mellow-out a bit and some of that edgy sound will disappear with the aging process.

Action: 7.0

The strings were a bit high right out of the box, and the guitar needed a bit of setup, but all in all, not out of the ordinary for a guitar in this price range.

Both the nut and the saddle were just a bit high, but this is done on purpose, to allow some pretty hard banging on the strings, if that is what you do. If you choose to do some intricate flatpick or fingerstyle passages, definitely lower the action just a bit.

The guitar I bought also needed to have the neck relief adjusted just a bit, so the strings could be brought down a bit. Thank goodness for the adjustable truss rod in the neck of this guitar, which make this a very simple task.

Durability: 8.5

You will find that this is a rugged and dependable guitar, that can take some abuse. I do wish that it had a binding around the top though, as the Spruce top is very fragile, especially the end grain, and a good rap on that exposed edge could start a crack.

The Sapele HPL sides are built for durability. They will not crack or react to humidity changes nearly as much as would solid wood plates, which makes this an ideal travel guitar or a guitar that can take some bumps and knocks every now and again.

Customer Service: 10.0

Taylor offers a lifetime warranty to the original owner of this guitar. You will experience that Taylor is very easy to work with on their tech support, and warranty issues. They state in their warranty that each customer and instrument is unique and thus are very important to them. They are perfectly willing to work with you on any issue, no matter how minor or silly it may seam.

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.

Overall Score: 7.6

This is a guitar suitable for doing gigs, taking to the beach, to college, or as a starter guitar for adolescents, but don't expect too much more than that.

Some guitarists could use this great little guitar for performances and recording, but it really does not come close to a fully solid-wood instrument, nor is it expected to.

For a guitar in this price range this is about as good as it gets, and the people at Taylor pulled it off.

I would put a warmer set of strings on it, purchase a better case and, just work a little on the setup.

Overall this a a great guitar for the price and blows away most of the competition in the same price range.