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Taylor Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar 

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The Baby Taylor's scaled-up sibling, the Big Baby (15/16th-size), makes a sleek yet full-sounding travel companion with its svelte four-inch body dep...Click To Read More About This Product

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A perfect travel companion with a Sitka spruce top and full Taylor tone.

The Baby Taylor's scaled-up sibling, the Big Baby (15/16th-size), makes a sleek yet full-sounding travel companion with its svelte four-inch body depth, which is about a half-inch shallower than the depth of a standard Dreadnought. Slightly bigger than a Baby Taylor and just shy of a full-size guitar, the Big Baby Taylor is ideal for easy-playing, great-sounding guitar fun. The overall size keeps you in the ""portable"" category, yet with an extra dose of volume and fullness. Like the Baby, the Big Baby has an arched back that provides strength and contributes to its big tonal output. All Big Baby Taylor models ship with a durable travel-worthy gig bag made by Taylor for optimal fit and protection.

Tone Woods
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Sitka Spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. Layered back and sides create a sturdy yet receptive platform for the vibrating string energy sent by the guitar's top. Layered wood is less susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity, making it an excellent choice for players who travel with their instruments or simply require more durability.  

What sets Taylor Guitars apart? Unmatched build quality, the most stable and playable necks, a vast array of tonal options, eco-conscious and ethically-sourced raw materials, and a lifetime of service and support.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body type: Dreadnought 15/16th-Scale
  • Cutaway: No
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Layered Sapele
  • Bracing pattern: Taylor Standard Big Baby X-Bracing
  • Body finish: Matte 2.0
  • Orientation: Right-Handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Taylor Standard Big Baby Profile
  • Nut width: 1 11/16" (42.8mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Sapele
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Matte 2.0
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: None
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay: Lexan
  • Tuning machines: Chrome Big Baby Tuners and Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta Saddle and Nubone Nut
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features: n/a
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Big Baby Gig Bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Taylor Guitars Factory, Tecate, Mexico

Take a little Taylor tone along with you through life. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar

  • Body Width: 15"
    Body Depth: 4"
    Body Length: 19-1/2"
    Overall Length: 40-1/4"
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Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (25)
  • Good feel (25)
  • Fun to play (23)
  • Stays in tune (18)
  • Consistent (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (23)
  • Jamming (21)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Recording (11)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Novice (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Big Baby Taylor - The best of both worlds

I'm thinking about getting a spare cause it is that good and I am afraid Taylor may quit making them if they feel the GS makes the BBT obsolete. And it doesn't in the...Read complete review

I'm thinking about getting a spare cause it is that good and I am afraid Taylor may quit making them if they feel the GS makes the BBT obsolete. And it doesn't in the least.
The BBT is a great sounding guitar that is very portable. It is smaller than a normal guitar, but not as small as the Baby Taylor (which I tried and returned for its noticeable "small sound") or as small as the new GS Mini. The BBT's well padded case is great, I had it on planes in the overheads all over the world (except for Canada, they made me check it plane side, it survived just fine).
It went to NY (from TX) and back again strapped on a VTX 1300 Honda, it's also been to a few other states on the bike.
It has an LR Baggs pickup (self installed) that allows me to plug in and busk with it or show up at open mic nights. In short it is a great guitar for everything described above. It is worth mentioning I have a Taylor 414CE and found several of my guitar playing friends preferring the BBT over the 414 (I think they're insane personally). Lastly the GS Mini. I thought I might be ready to replace my BBT with the GS (thwarting the Canadian airlines) as it is 2-3 inches smaller than the BBT and here is what I found. I could not capo the GS to save my life. I took it back and worked on setting the action with the guitar shop but to no avail. As I use capos a lot, it was just not an option for me. Without capos the mini was awesome, I would say it may sound better than the BBT but not by much.
Anyway, if you want a good sounding, very portable guitar, (that you can capo the crap out of) the BBT beats out the smaller Martins (I tried one), the GS Mini, and the Baby Taylor.
No problems to speak of after 6 years using medium gauge Elixirs (against Taylor's recommendations) and the LR Baggs PU. It has traveled 25000+ miles and counting strapped to a motorcycle, in a car, and stashed on a plane. A very robust guitar indeed.
The 9 rating is because of the price increase. I got mine for $360 (on sale) some 6 yrs ago. They're now $450 or so, a 25% increase.

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Taylor Integrity

I will qualify my opinion by sharing with you my backround as a Luthier and repairman for Guild, Ovation (R&D for Adamus prototype) & Augustino LoPrinzi. Love the sound....Read complete review

I will qualify my opinion by sharing with you my backround as a Luthier and repairman for Guild, Ovation (R&D for Adamus prototype) & Augustino LoPrinzi. Love the sound. Around the 1 yr point the neck twisted. The bass side is fine, the treble side has a rise from frets 10-15 that becomes a challenge with some of the open tunings I use. Tuned to concert pitch, the challenge is minimized but doesn't stand up to aggressive flat-picking without fret buzz. Taylors chief repairman tells me I need to change the gauge of individual strings for the different tunings I use to replicate the string tension of concert pitch (A=440hz). In other words, I would need a different guitar for every different tuning I use.
Your on your own with your decision to speculate on neck behavior. Its like a Strat neck with a neck pocket held on with drywall screws (2).
Taylor is very innovative with their body bracing engineering. Sapelle plywood sounds sublime. They did not brace the back of the guitar along with the solid Sitka top produces incredible overtone production and sustain. They have that guitar body exceptionally dialed in. The neck and it's attachment design is the risk. Good Luck!

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5.0

Taylor made

By Bluboy

from Madison, WI

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

    Got this for me and for my fiance' to learn on. Pretty thrilled with the overall sound and playability. Maybe a little brighter than some people would prefer but has a nice rich boom. It's 15:16 scale length, so slightly undersized but easier to play for those with smaller hands/stature. My fiancé' said it was the only one at Guitar Center that felt 'right' for her to hold and play.

    It does have an odd neck design as it is screwed in from the front instead of braced in the back, but after doing my online diligence, didn't find any issues from it unless you are trying to do special kinds of tunings with odd string gauges (try not to get TOO creative with this, I guess). Did have to get the truss rod adjusted to lower the action but not a big investment and more of a preference than a problem.

    For the money, best acoustic I've ever played. Buy it.

     
    5.0

    Best Value for a Taylor

    By Pigtool

    from Buffalo, NY

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great value
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Smaller size for smaller hands.
      • Travels well.

      Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

      Fantastic value in a "scratch and dent" model. Guitar came structurally flawless. I can only assume it was a scratch and dent because Taylor's impeccable quality control didn't like some inconsistency in the wood coloration.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Quality Guitar at an Entry Level Price

      By ms4787

      from Montana

      About Me Novice

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Playing
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues
        • Travel/Camping

        Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

        A product has to be special for me to rate it at 5 stars. This guitar is special! I bought it as an open box item listed as "mint". When it arrived I was not disappointed. The thinner body makes it an easy playing guitar while sitting in any position (slouching on the sofa). The sound is rich and full. The smaller size (15/16) adds to it's easy playing without sacrificing sound quality. The fact that it comes with a very high quality gig bag makes it an exceptionally good value,This is my first Taylor guitar but it won't be my last.

         
        5.0

        You get MORE than what you pay for

        By Craig Brannon

        from Mission Viejo, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

          I played through a ton of acoustic guitars at guitar center. I'd pick one up, play it, it would sound good and have a decent feel, then I would look at the price tag revealing a price of 800+. When I played the Big Baby Taylor, it blew all of the other guitars away! When I looked at the price tag it was on sale for around 419. I couldn't believe it. Long story short, I bought it and I still play it to this day. Probably one of the best acoustic guitars on the market with an amazing sound for a very good price.

           
          5.0

          Bbt

          By Pigmeat

          from Racine wi

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

            Excellent guitar

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By Alison18

            from United Kingdom

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

              Only owned this guitar a few days and really happy with it.

              (8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Taylor Integrity

              By Al

              from Sedona, AZ

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Incredible Sound For
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

              • Neck Twisted
              • Poor Construction

              Best Uses

              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

              I will qualify my opinion by sharing with you my backround as a Luthier and repairman for Guild, Ovation (R&D for Adamus prototype) & Augustino LoPrinzi. Love the sound. Around the 1 yr point the neck twisted. The bass side is fine, the treble side has a rise from frets 10-15 that becomes a challenge with some of the open tunings I use. Tuned to concert pitch, the challenge is minimized but doesn't stand up to aggressive flat-picking without fret buzz. Taylors chief repairman tells me I need to change the gauge of individual strings for the different tunings I use to replicate the string tension of concert pitch (A=440hz). In other words, I would need a different guitar for every different tuning I use.
              Your on your own with your decision to speculate on neck behavior. Its like a Strat neck with a neck pocket held on with drywall screws (2).
              Taylor is very innovative with their body bracing engineering. Sapelle plywood sounds sublime. They did not brace the back of the guitar along with the solid Sitka top produces incredible overtone production and sustain. They have that guitar body exceptionally dialed in. The neck and it's attachment design is the risk. Good Luck!

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Big Sound for a Big Baby

              By Dean

              from Aiken SC

              About Me Novice

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

                I was actively looking for a second guitar and read all the reviews. I was hoping that it would live up to the hype and the first strum let me know I had made a good decision. Full authoritative sound in the low end and good mid and highs. Great sustain. Easy to play. It did have some fret buzz which I had do get fixed but it is perfect now. Overall construction is solid. I had bought a Yamaha recently FG650 and it sounds flat and tinny compared to the BBT. The guitar is a 15/16 dreadnaught size but the body is not as deep. Playing the BBT you would not know it as the body just vibrates beautifully to carry the low end especially when you dig in. So I didn't break the bank and got a good brand name that will hold its value and it is really fun to play and I got got a great guitar.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome!!

                By McCool

                from Perry, OK

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

                Bought this for my 13 yr old daughter. She loves it! Nice looking guitar, beautiful woodwork. Thanks for the quick shipment!

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                nice guitar

                By pj

                from bloomington, in

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                Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

                for a small, lightweight guitar she produced nice sound....good sustain and very playable.

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