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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)

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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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(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big Baby Taylor - The best of both worlds

By RW

from Houston Tx

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Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

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.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's the sound, stupid

By Islander

from Colorado

About Me Novice

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

      I was on the verge of buying a non-laminated 000 size guitar from another manufacturer when I happened to pick this one up and strum it. After 9 months of ownership, the sound continues to improve. I was surprised how quickly the sound deepened after I got it. The design is roughly the size of 000 guitars, but with a curved back, there's more cubic inches inside. Non-glossy design might put some off, but not me. Very easy to play; I follow Taylor's recommendation with light Elixers.

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Aged Taylor

      By Milwaukee mike

      from Naples fl

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

        I've owned a Big Baby for ten years and the older it gets the better it sounds. I have many musician friends that pick my BBG and they are amazed by the quality of sound and how smooth moving up and down the neck it is. By far the best money I've every spent for any music instrument. Do your self a favor and start with a Taylor.

        (10 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Big Baby Taylor

        By Ted Brown

        from Florida

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        Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

        Buy it for beginner or intermediate, Hard to beat for the price. Fun little guitar that sounds great for the money. Easy to play and comes with nice padded carry bag.
        Well, i have had my Big Baby Taylor for two weeks now. It is a fantastic beginner guitar, it sounds nice and is easier to play than my Yamaha.

        It is, by the company's own admission a sensitive instrument, so you may want to consider that before purchase.

        It is not an extremely well built or solid guitar, but it is light, easy to play and sounds great. I got it new for a low price and for that price it is a fine purchase. I would purchase it again as it is fun to sit around and pic on.

        I practice mostly on my BBT and am going to use my Yamaha for a camping guitar or as a backup.

        I would recommend purchasing for a beginner or intermediate. Songs that sounds the best are contemporary christian, Ode to Joy by bethoven, Jingle bells, etc.

        It is a slim guitar and is eay to get your arms around and pick on....best of luck
        No quality issues as of yet. But have only had it for two weeks.
        sounds nice for the price....One of my favorite sounding guitars. And i tried picking on several guitars over the last 3 months at different shops.

        (9 of 13 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!

        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The best acoustic other than customs

        By Brett

        from Brandon, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • 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:

          Acoustics (In my opinion) are very hit and miss. There is very little middle ground. They are either fun to play and sound lovely, or are trash. Fortunately this guitar is the former. Good playability, great tone, and sturdy construction are present in the Big Baby.

          I have played probably 50 or 60 different acoustic guitars in my time, and this one is my second favorite. I've had this guitar for 6 years now, and taken it to several countries and played in front of small crowds, several thousand people in an auditorium, and recorded professionally with it. The only guitar that's ever surpassed it is a 4k+ Martin one of my good friends had. I still prefer the tones of the Big Baby, but his Martin played extraordinarily well.

          When I first got the guitar the tone was bright but not too crisp. After spending some time in the humidity of the Amazon jungle (as well as getting rained on once or twice, oops) the tone deepened out and now it's got one of the best mid-lows I've ever heard. It's perfect for singing against

          The only knock I could make on it is the tune doesn't hold as well as my Carvin. But my Carvin is a very high end, custom instrument and has sperzel locking tuners on it. It still holds better than the average user is probably used to and its only a minor flawed noticed by someone who has spent thousands of hours playing the instrument.

          Bottom line: Unless you have found an acoustic that you have fallen in love with, or want a nylon/12/steel string, buy this guitar. It's an amazing piece of art.

          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Surpasses all my expectations

          By Cookie

          from Kansas

          About Me Experienced

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

          This Taylor BBT has surpassed all my expectations. High quality build. Nice even tonal qualities. The neck is smooth and comfortable. Nice projection and loudness. This is my 5th acoustic but my 1st Taylor. Two of my other acoustics were 2 to 2 1\2 times more expensive than this BBT. This Big Baby beats all my other acoustics hands down on playability, tone and fun. If lost or stolen I would replace this guitar without hesitation with the same model. I also want to compliment Musiciansfriend for there outstanding customer service, packaging and shipping. Everything was perfect. I'm definitely sold on Taylor guitars and Musiciansfriend.

          (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Buy for the money

          By Guitarprov356

          from Bonsall,CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Worship Leader

            Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

            This is such a great guitar. I bought this guitar because I wanted to have a guitar that's easy to carry around and such. Also I'm a worship leader at my church so I use it then to. It sounds so crisp and stays in tune nicely. I can't put it down or get over the amazing sound. This guitar a the best for its price so you want quality and a kinda strap for cash this is the perfect guitar.

            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Taylor Big Baby

            By Dale123

            from Charlotte NC Area.

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            Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

            Very nice guitar. Plain and simple. Very little that can go wrong. I keep a humidifier in the Gig Bag so the humidity stays around 48%. Don't want any wood to split. I keep fresh Elixir NanoWeb lights or custom lights on her and she plays great (as well as I'm capable, anyway.)
            Not a lot of features, except great sound and playability. Of course, I played an old Yamaha all laminate parlor size for years. Boy did my fingers hurt.

            A fellow on the internet who was selling Guitar Lesson DVDs suggested that you get a good sounding, easy to play guitar before starting to learn. He suggested the Big Baby as a top value.
            Solid Sitka Spruce top makes for rich sound quality, even with laminate sides and back.
            Mine has a rough, almost unfinished look instead of the high gloss on other guitars. I like that just fine.
            IMHO one of the best values you can find.

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love my baby

            By Stephan "Giggles" Johnston

            from Dallas, Tx

            About Me Experienced

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            Pros

            • Amazing sound
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

              I honestly couldn't be happier with this guitar. I visited my local guitar center looking for a simple acoustic to play around with. I played all day looking at other acoustics. They all sounded to flat or to plastic. Finally the guy there pointed me to this one. I picked it up and played a bit, holy cow, it sounds amazing. I've had it for 6 months now, it stills sounds good, still stays in tune, still very satisfied. I recommend picking one up, it is a solid guitar.

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