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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...Read More

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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

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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 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (20)
  • Good feel (20)
  • Fun to play (19)
  • Stays in tune (14)
  • Consistent (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (18)
  • Jamming (17)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Recording (9)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (7), 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

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.

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    (6 of 8 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!

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Big Sound for a Big Baby

    By Dean

    from Aiken SC

    About Me Novice

    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.

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      (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!

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      (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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      5.0

      Excellent, if you find the right one

      By MR_MOJOMAN

      from SUFU SD

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Not Consistent

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

      I always suggest that people try playing a few different guitars before thinking of purchasing one. Here is a good example. I have a BBT here and it is my favorite acoustic guitar. Excellent tone and build -- I would choose it over higher-end guitars in a heartbeat, but I'm glad I tried a couple out before buying, because I noticed quite a bit of inconsistency in tone after trying a few models. Taylor makes excellent guitars with a general bright quality to them, but each guitar is itself an individual piece of artwork with its own voice and tone coming from its construction materials and workmanship put into it.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Light and lively

      By Musicaltrees

      from Amelia Island, Fl

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

        I have owned two of these now and found it to be the perfect guitar as I travel and live on my sailboat... The weight is very light and the smaller body size is ideal for jamming in tight quarters.... Great tone and playability. I love it. My living environment is exposed to harsh marine conditions so I wanted a guitar that played well and wouldn't break the bank...the finish is somewhat porous and not a true hard varnish and will tend to look dry in time, so I plan to keep my new one treated in lemon oil to keep it from drying out from sun exposure.... The zipper on my gig bag froze up but that's to be expected from salt spray while in the dinghy. All in all, it plays great for outdoor beach and camp settings. I preferred the feel and play of this over the Taylor GS Mini which felt more like a toy. I plan to use a Dean Markley snap on pick up for gigs along the way.... Fair winds!

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        5.0

        A good guitar

        By mac123

        from MN, US

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

            I only play guitar for three months so I don't have many experience. However, I do like this guitar a lot. It is easy to hold and has nice sound. It is unfair to compare it with other regular size guitar. Overall, the price, size, and sound are making it a nice choice.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A fantastic buy

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            By e.abrams

            from Queens, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fantastic Tone
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Great Value
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

              It's a very low-risk buy. If you want a moderately priced acoustic to noodle around with, I can't think of a better-sounding and more playable guitar. I used to really love Martin Guitars, but none that I've played come close to the tone and the feel of the Big Baby. It's not a full-sized guitar, but I honestly would never be able to tell the difference had I not known to begin with - I actually prefer the size of it to most standard-sized acoustics I've played. Can't recommend it highly enough.

              Also, the gig bag it comes with is pretty sweet

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              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Poor Construction

              By EOD08

              from WA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent

              Cons

              • Poor Construction
              • Requires Constant Tuning

              Best Uses

              • Jamming

              Comments about Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar:

              This guitar does need a few adjustments before it can preform optimally. Strings sit pretty high around the 10 fret, needs tuning constantly, and can sound a bit dull in open E. All of this can be adjusted, but I would expect Taylor to produce ready to play instruments. I use this for camping and small group jamming.

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