I would buy another Taylor Big Baby in a heartbeat. Overall, a great guitar for the price (even if the price was higher!!!).
Model Year: 2005
Where Obtained: Local Music Shop
My wife wanted to start learning to play the guitar, so I figured that I would start her out with a good guitar. I came across the big baby Taylor in a local music store not too long ago and decided to play it a bit. I fell in love with the guitar right away and decided to buy it for my wife, and as a backup guitar for me.
The action on this guitar is out of this world! Nice and low which helps to make it very playable. The neck is on the skinny side and a bit flatter than most acoustics, so it has an electric-like feel to it, and will make the Taylor Big Baby well suited to players with smaller hands.
With a fresh set of Elixir 12's on, the Taylor Big Baby sounds unbelievable! It has a very full, rich sound similar to acoustics that cost 2-3 times as much.
A very well built guitar and very durable.
Very good guitar for the price. Beats alot of guitars that are more expensive also. I was going to pick up a 170 dollar epiphone guitar but decided to pay the extra 140 to get this guitar because I think its worth it. Instead of having dull sounding guitar.
Price: $310.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
I don't really know how to rate the features of an acoustic guitar. I don't know what type of wood or anything like that. Its a very simple guitar in terms of design theres no gloss finish or stuff like that.
It play great you can fret the notes cleanly and easily. It has no flaws. The neck is very playable.
The sound sounds very good. It has a very bright sound to it. Like another review said its a little bit too bright. I would have liked it to have a little bit more bass.
Not sure I've had the guitar for about 2 hrs.
I like this guitar. The price was right, the sound is good, and I enjoy playing it. When it comes down to it, isn't that all that really matters?
Model Year: 2001
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Monster Music/Independence, MO
It's an acoustic dreadnought made in the USA(as far as I know). It has a mahogany neck, spruce top, ebony fretboard and a mahogany laminate of some type for the sides and back. It doesn't have any electronics.
The action was good from the store without any adjustment. (I know this because I snatched it right from the box that it was delivered in.) It also played better than ANY guitar I tried in its price range.(And a lot of guitars well above its price range.)Believe me, I tried a lot of guitars. It doesn't seem to have any flaws that I can see!
This is the main reason i bought this guitar.(Not because of all the Taylor hype!) It sounds real good. Kind of a mellow mid range with nice bass to it. It sounds especially good fingerpicked.
This guitar is new, so I'm not sure how it will hold up. But, Taylor seems to have a good warranty, so I'm not too worried. The one thing that I wonder about, is the lack of any internal bracing. Taylor seems to have incoporated the back and top to form a brace of its own. The back is slightly convex(bowl shaped? Heh heh). This is the only thing that concerns me about long lasting durability. It should be ok.
I took my epi into the store to get it set up for lighter gauge strings, and to take a look at a korg mfx unit. i was wondering around when i saw this big baby hanging up against the wall. my heart pounding in my chest, (where else would it be pounding, right?), i asked the sales dude how much it was, thinking it'd be way outside my price range - and the amount of money my wife would allow me to spend. i was right, so we drove away empty handed. but i managed to convince her, we did an about turn, and went back.
i've been wanting a taylor (any taylor, truth be told) for some time. most wholenutters who spoke about the big baby did so with something close to shirley temple-like adoration (!?!) in their posts, so i tried this one out in their acoustic room. it played so sweetly, with plenty of sound all over place - the low end isn't altogether there, but i figure being a smaller scale guitar might have something to do with that. it's strung with elixir lights (.12 to .53 gauge stings) and positively sings.
i'd been playing it for about 10 minutes before i noticed the lr baggs micro eq unit, so i plugged it in. (this pickup is not standard, from what i understand.) not that this is a review for the baggs unit, but that kinda, erm, bagged it for me. it also comes with a rather spiffy taylor gig bag which incorporates a book/tab/pick/lead/whatever pouch on the front and a carry strap. the case is very
tight fitting especially around the headstock - so i recommend putting the guitar into the bag headstock first. the bag seems very sturdy.
two things - there's no pickguard, but a faux-tortoiseshell one is available as an after-market accessory if that really worries you. and second - the eq controls of the baggs micro eq unit are a little awkwardly placed - just below the waist of the guitar on the lower bout, right where my arm rests...
otherwise, this guitar has just about everything i could want, and i don't care what anyone says, this is about as much bang for your buck as getting the winning lotto numbers spelled out in your alphabet soup.
go out. now. and get one. trust me.
lost?!? stolen?!? please, don't even make me think about it...
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: andy mcgibbon's guitar world
- made in the US
- solid sitka spruce top
- sapele-laminate back and sides
- neck is tropical american mahogony, whatever that is
- fretboard and bridge ebony
- tuners are chrome, enclosed, die cast (dunno what brand, probably taylor though, eh?)
- adjustable truss rod
- 20 fret
- satin finish
- laser-etched soundhole rosette
- non-standard lr baggs micro eq unit featuring ribbon transducer - clickety click here for more details.
- 6-string 15/16 scale dreadnought guitar
The action on the big baby is even lower than my washburn wd20-s, and i struggled to get the washburn that low. the neck is scrumptious, consistent, and firm under my fingers - this is the first ebony neck i've ever played, and i gotta tell ya, i like it. i also enjoy the slightly smaller size of this guitar, it's very comfortable to play, sitting or standing - and it's very light to hold if you're standing.
As i bought this guitar to use - primarily - unplugged, i won't be buying an acoustic amp just yet. suffice to say i plugged it through my marshall g50rcd once to check it out - and it sounds great through the amp. then again, it sounds pretty good plugged straight into my computer's sound card! go figure. it's got lovely tone, somehow bright and
mellow - i think the guitar's naturally bright, and the elixirs just manage to take the edge off. the brightness is probably due to the smaller scale, as i said.
i bought this guitar to mess around on and that's what i do. i mainly play chords and scales on the guitar, and a little fingerstyle too. it's just too yummy to put down though - so beware! i don't think anyone who's really seriously recording would go for the big baby - but then again - who knows?!? i've recorded a couple things with it (just on my 'puter) and i wouldn't be afraid of using it in a real recording situation... plug it in and i'll use it on stage too.
the only thing i might consider doing is fitting that pickguard. i'm a demon with a pick in my hand...
Small concern here - the gig bag. taylor makes a heluva hoo-hah about keeping your taylor in its case when you ain't playing. this is evidently to control and minimise the impact of temperature and humidity changes. so why supply a guitar without a case? still, as i mentioned, the bag does look pretty sturdy, and the zip seems to close it quite solidly. obviously my baby is more at risk in a bag than she (yeah, she...) would be in a hardshell or flight case, but i'm not particularly worried about that aspect. i've only had it for a couple of weeks, so durability remains to be seen.
i'll let ya know if anything happens thought - it'll be posted in every forum on wholenut. it'll go something like this...
look out for it...
I wanted a guitar that sounded good and was easy to play, and I didn't have a lot of money to spend. The Big Baby came highly recommended, and I didn't run across anything I thought sounded nearly as good that didn't cost a whole lot more. The solid wood top and adjustable truss rod were both points in its favor, as was Taylor's reputation for quality and excellent customer service. If something happened to this guitar, I'd definitely want another Big Baby. Personally, I think the Big Baby is nothing but a plot to get entry-level customers like me hooked on Taylor guitars so we'll come back and buy Taylor again when we're ready to spend more money. And I'm afraid it just may work...on me at least! :oD
Model Year: 2001
Price: $340.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center, Highland Park, IL
American-made 15/16-scale Dreadnought with solid Sitka spruce top, sapele-laminate back and sides, satin finish, American tropical mahogany (bolted on) neck, ebony fretboard, ebony bridge, and ajustable truss rod. It comes equipped with Elixir acoustic light-gauge bronze strings. More complete information on features and specifications is available at the Taylor website: Taylor Big Baby
Taylor supplies a gigbag with all their guitars, and it's nice one, attractive, well-padded and sturdily made. Unbeknownst to me at the time, Guitar Center sells the guitars with or without the gigbag, and there's an extra charge if you take the bag. So I recommend checking on that before agreeing on a price; otherwise you may end up paying more than you expected, as I did.
This is a well-constructed instrument, but it's a "no frills," entry-level guitar, and for that reason, I give it a 4 for features, rather than a 5.
Playability was a major concern of mine, and this guitar definitely measures up in that area. Nice low action, smooth playing guitar.
This is a basic acoustic guitar, suitable for any kind of music you'd normally play on that type of guitar. For a guitar in this price range, it's got a great sound. It's full, loud, and very bright...almost too bright, depending on personal taste.
I haven't had it long enough to be able to tell, but I know that the Big Baby, like its smaller brother, the Baby, is meant to be very durable. Time will tell.
I feel that this guitar is in the overall best catagory for the price you are going to pay for an acoustic. there is just no reason you should pay 400 dollars for a guitar that sounds like crap. The Big Baby from Taylor is the absolute best choice for the price range.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $413.00 (new)
Where Obtained: boogie music
For the price, you can't get a better sounding guitar, built with the quality of taylor's ability to make a guitar. Using elixor strings really helps any guitar too.
You would have to know when Taylor makes a guitar the playability is going to be great.
Although it isn't a full size guitar, the bottom end is endless, and the top end is bright. Verry well done by people that know how to make a guitar
This particular guitar is set up a little different than a usual acoustic, but the hardware is still from taylor and well worth the money.
I went into the store to look at guitars in the $800-$1000 price range. Having always liked the deep bass of the Martins they were at the top of my list. I also looked at some other brands that I was told were good and might offer more bang for the buck like Guild, Larrivee, and Washburn. One of the sales people suggest that I check out the Taylors. I had played a Baby before, it is was a nice little guitar but it didn't have anything like the nice bass of the Martins, and I had tried a used full size Taylor that was not tuned correctly or had old stings or something and had not been impressed with it's tone.
The ones I played the last few weeks though all sounded great, and played like a dream. The guild's sounded pretty nice and were cheaper, but they did not play as well and almost all of them showed signs of sloppy glue and other flaws. The Larivee's were very nice but not quite as playable. I did not get to play too many Washburns, but the ones I did get to play didn't blow me away with their quality or sound. I ended up buying the Big Baby since I was having trouble deciding which Taylor I wanted and since I was going to be spending a lot of money, I figured I would pick up the Big Baby as a "throw-down" guitar and keep looking/saving for my dream Taylor guitar later.
The store I bought this Big Baby at only had one. I tried it and liked it, but wanted to keep looking. I drove to another shop and played a few guitars and decided I really should grab that guitar. I headed back and in the 30 minutes I was gone, someone had snatched it up! Since it was the only one in Houston, I had to have it shipped from Austin. You snooze you loose I guess.
I would buy this guitar again if lost or stolen.
I am not sure how it could be better. It is no-frills, but great sound and playability.
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Model Year: 2000
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This is a made in USA Taylor. It is a satin finish dreadnaught with a Solid Sitka Spruce top and Sapele veneer back and sides. It has an ebony fretboard and bridge and an ajustable truss rod. Otherwise it is pretty no frills and hence the low price. It comes with a gig bag of course.
This is of course a very playable guitar, with the same great low action that the more expensive Taylors offer. All the Taylors I have tried play wonderfully and this on is no exception. No flaws noted.
Great sound from a relatively cheap (read inexpensive) guitar. It is 15/16 ths scale, so it is slightly shy in the low end but not bad at all. It's sound is very comparable to the more expensive models in their line.
Not sure about that since it is brand new. I know people with Baby Taylors who have found them to be very durable. They are meant to be carried arround after all. Mine is going to be my throw-down guitar so I am counting on it being fairly durable.