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Review by a visitor on 22.1.2008




Bought mine in 2001 from R & B Music in Aberdeen, Scotland. Was immediately attracted to the playibility compared to other accoustics in the price range. Also if Inullm honest wanted the Taylor badge.

 
 
  Features  
 
This guitar is as basic as they come and has nothing that isnnullt necessary. Hence the price.I think thats the point of it.
 
 
 
  Playability  
 
As I hinted at in the summary, I was blown away by the playability of this guitar from the moment I picked it up. Quite simply it has the best neck Ive ever played on an accoustic and compares favourably with most electrics for ease of fretting. If there is a negative, I find that the top E sometimes slips off the side of the neck at about the 5th fret if I try to hammer off from the 7th and apply a little vibrato, buit that is probably more do do with my technique that the guitar.
 
 
 
  Quality  
 
It is a bright sound, being a light weight and unvarnished guitar and will not probably suit everyones tastes. I like it.
 
 
 
  Durability  
 
Mine is now about seven years old and has a few dings, particularly around the unbound edge. One slightly annoying aspect is the scratchplate , which was never really glued down proparly and lifts a little around the edges when I clean the guitar. Its seems pretty sturdy. I have noticed that the frets are now starting to get a little worn but it has had a lot of play. I have
 
 
 
  Overall  
 
Of all of my guitars it is the one that I have at the side of my chair most of the time. This is partly down to the fact that it is tough, allready a bit bruised and therfore not so precious as the shiny expensive things on stands and above all light weight and comfortable.
The real reason is cause it plays so well and so effortlessly, stays in tune, sounds (to my ears) great and is just right, like an old pair of Levis.
 
 

Review by a visitor on 2.9.2007




Went to Guitar Center to squelch a play crave while on the road ( I travel a lot) and found the minimalist looks of the Big Baby attractive. What happened next was unexpected--so many thoughts--can I fit in in the trunk, will my wife mind me spending $350, how can I not buy this? The sound is gorgeous and it plays as good as my null76 Gibson MK-81 and even feels like my null83 Fender Strat Elite with its thin neck. Playing guitar is a daily joy to me and this guitar adds a lot to that.

 
 
  Features  
 
The Big Baby cannot be compared. It is what it is. Appreciate it for that. Maybe I got lucky, but mine just sings. The frets were great from the factory. The action was just the way I prefer, low but still able to strum percussively without buzzing. I didnnullt even notice the screw heads that hold the neck to the body until a couple weeks after I bought it. I used to wonder if they were enough, but its been six years now and its perfect still. The matte finish is thin and has worn to a shiny surface on the back of the neck and top of the belly where my arm rests.
The important things for any acoustic guitar were not left out when the design decisions were made. Really good quality, high ring count, solid Sitka spruce sound board. I havennullt seen the bracing, but it must accommodate the reduced size of the guitar as the tonal range is broad and dynamic. The neck is mahogany; fully and adjustably trussed. The plywood sides and back along with pretty decent tuners make for a very stable guitar that stays in tune and holds up well to travel. This guitar is light. I play it much more than any of my others--so much so that ANY of the others seem heavy to me now.
 
 
 
  Playability  
 
Anything that is created with a particularly successful combination of intent and execution will establish itself as an object with a quality of open and welcome recurrence. Great artwork will never be boring to you. Great food will always satisfy the palette. Great cars will always thrill. Great guitars will always satisfy the soul. The Big Baby Taylor isnnullt one of Sam Maloofnulls rockers. It isnnullt Tonynulls Ossobucco. And it surely isnnullt a Veyron. But -- it does make you want to come back to it time and time again. Thatnulls due to its playability and sound.
 
 
 
  Quality  
 
The features are sparse, but those included have been done with traditional Taylor quality.
 
 
 
  Durability  
 
There is no binding to protect the edges from small inevitable dings. Woodworkers out there might like the look of no binding, I know I do. It was set up great from the factory, but I did tweak it a bit. Wow, this thing is easy to play. It still amazes me with its tone. I havennullt had to adjust anything in five years. The ebony bridge is that pretty Taylor shape but I have always wanted to replace the plastic bridge pins with ebony ones. I donnullt gig any more and havennullt with this guitar so I cannullt say that it would or would not hold up to those extremes (those who do know what Inullm talking about).
 
 
 
  Overall  
 
I think about it this way. If I were to try to build this guitar, what would it cost? I am not sure I could get all the materials to match for much less than the cost of the Taylor. How many times would I have to build it to get it right? Even then there are good ones and ok ones and great ones. I got a great one. Lucky me.
 
 

Review by a visitor on 29.8.2007




Bought at BLUE GUITAR in Columbia, Mo. Paid a little under $400. Played every guitar in the store that was OM size or smaller. I liked the sound of this better than any other. Wanted a more comfortable and better quality instrument than I was playing.

 
 
  Features  
 
Consider that this isnnullt a high end guitar when you see my EXCELLENT rating, but it puts out a high end sound. VERY full sound for a small instrument. Taylor does a free guitar clinic where they come to a local music store, put free strings on your guitar, and check it for needed maintenance (free). Of course, they are showing off other guitars in their line, but they improved the set up and playability of my guitar immensely. I donnullt know any other company that will give you free strings and factory trained maintenance techniciansfor the life of the guitar! STAYS IN TUNE better than any guitar Inullve ever owned, both in the case and while playing. EBONY fretboard is not found on many more expensive guitars. Ebony is THE hardest wood and almost impossible to purchase anymore.
 
 
 
  Playability  
 
I love the size. A big dread tends to put a kink in my right shoulder after playing for an hour or so. I can hold my Big Baby for a long time without that. BARRE CHORDS are a breeze because of the 7/8 neck.
 
 
 
  Quality  
 
It sounds so rich. When I play any other guitar, I am disappointed. This does include some very special old Martins, a 1940s Gretsch jazz guitar, and ovation, yamaha.... THe natural wood finish lets the wood ring. There are layers of sound that remind me of the sound of a brook. Overtones are balanced. Sound is very live and beautiful. When seasoned performers pick up my guitar, they donnullt want to put it down.
 
 
 
  Durability  
 
Some people donnullt like the screw on neck design, but when I watched the Taylor technician take the neck off and do a precision adjustment, I was impressed. I think it is a great innovation and allows for keeping the neck straight and true, without the expensive of resetting the neck (200 bucks or more...). Comes with a gig bag that doesnnullt open wide enough to take the guitar in/out easily without fear of scratching the body:( I bought a hard case. Gig bag also only comes with one shoulder strap; I bought another so I could wear it like a backpack when hiking or biking.
 
 
 
  Overall  
 
Can you tell I love my guitar? If I buy another guitar, it wlll be a little 3/4 size travel Baby Taylor or a Alvarez 3/4 cedar top. I probably wonnullt buy another acoustic for a very long time. This guitar suits me, so why spend money on something else!
 
 

Review by a visitor on 13.10.2006




Got it at Samash for $399 with free Taylor gig bag. Hard case from Musicians Friend.

 
 
  Features  
 
The only bad thing is the gig bag is a super tight fit, not very safe to keep the guitar in while going to gigs.
 
 
 
  Playability  
 
truly shocked me on how well this guitar plays, beautiful low action.
 
 
 
  Quality  
 
build quality is a taylor, its great even at the low end price range for taylors.
 
 
 
  Durability  
 
its actually quite a tough guitar, dispite its feel.
 
 
 
  Overall  
 
I have so much to say about this guitar! First I would like to say that my vintage was damaged so I was looking for a cheap guitar to hold me over for a while until I spent some serious money (Inullm broke at the moment haha) I went to the store with my mind set on a $200-250 range guitar, just something to play. I literally played every guitar in that range (about 20 guitars).

I found one that I kind of liked and then I went to compare it to the real deal guitars like Martins, Taylors, and Guilds... After playing some Guilds and other Taylors I randomly picked up another Taylor on the wall and started playing... My ears said WOW! This guitar had the most amazing sound, almost hard to explain but sounded in its own way better than the $1,800 Taylors there. Then I looked at the price tag and I was shocked, it was really cheap! and then I saw the name "Big Baby Taylor" I thought to myself... Ohh I?ve heard about this guitar!

This guitar puts to shame any other guitar in the $1,000 range and under, hands down. This guitar has very low action so its a dream to play, like playing a strat that?s an acoustic.

Its extremely accurate in the fret placement all the way up, its just perfect. Its very loud, its finished in a light varnish not a heavy lacquer, so the sound escapes the wood much more and sounds beautiful (has a natural wood feel, wonderful to run your hands on). When you pick up this guitar it feels very light, don?t be fooled its a strong guitar.

This guitar is slightly smaller than a full size, it cannullt be noticed to the eye really, its 15" at the bottom instead of the normal 16" or so... This slightly affects the bottom end, and at first I was worried about other reviews calling it "twangy, no low end, or bright" but it all depends on how you play/ what you play. There?s a lot of bottom end for me, in fact its the low end on this guitar that makes it sound great to me... again this is all subject to your ears, but there?s tons of low end for me and itnulls rich too.

The bottom end is very clear "Guild like", not muddy. I find that when recording with this guitar (stereo setup with 2 large condenser mics) you have all the bottom end you could need. There?s just a slight bit less than normal when playing it live, but after playing it for about 5 mins you start to notice that, yes there?s a lot more bass there.

The mid range is in my opinion perfect, exactly what im looking for, I wont go into detail about its sound only because everyone?s ear hears differently and I donnullt want to be describing it wrong.

There?s only ONE downside to this guitar and that?s the gig bag it comes with, the gig bag is very high quality made, and is beautiful. BUT its such a tight fit that it makes you feel like you are forcing it in until you stress the body. Invest in a hard case, even if you are satisfied with the gig bag, you NEED the protection of a case. It is hard to find a properly fitting case because of this guitars size, buy the Musician Friends brand tweed classical guitar case (only $56 after shipping!), the dimensions are right for this guitar. So yes I sold my old PA the next day for the extra $200 bux and got this guitar!

So in conclusion, if you are looking to spend $200-250 on a guitar? pick up a Big Baby Taylor and play for a few minutes, you?ll soon catch yourself trying to figure out what you can sell for the extra $200 bux! It?s worth the investment; in fact it?s a steal! It honestly plays and sounds better than most guitars 2-3 times as much, with no exaggeration on that fact. It?s great for people of all playing skills... I have friends who own $1,500 Taylor?s who?ve played mine, and they want to buy one after strumming a few chords! Great job Bob Taylor!
 
 

Review by a visitor on 18.2.2006




did buy it, but definitely played it

 
 
  Features  
 
average guitar, nothing special about it except that its light, thats for sure, a feature that sucks is that the fret board is screwed in threw the front of the 15th fret, screws are visible
 
 
 
  Playability  
 
very very very very bright sound, if u like a guitar that might hurt your ears, buy it, no bass tone at all
 
 
 
  Quality  
 
Taylor is a very good guitar company and i know they wouldnt make a guitar that has horrible quality, so i give it a 4 just cause its a taylor
 
 
 
  Durability  
 
in an extreme temperature change, the wood will probably split. not to add, the back is soo thin, i felt it bend in.
 
 
 
  Overall  
 
i wouldnt buy it
 
 

Review by DSkies on 20.4.2004




This guitar is not one I would go do a show with, but this beauty is fun to play with and easy to bring around with you. Nice size and weight.

 
 
  Features  
 
Nothing fake about this guitar. Real wood all the way around. chrome tuners, wood neck. Down side, Neck is connected by Screws to body of guitar.
 
 
 
  Playability  
 
Action is super low. Still not like its big brothers the 310s it has a nice action alowing easy baring and sliding.
 
 
 
  Quality  
 
Great sound, Bright but full. Feels great and is comfortable to hold. Big sound for a lil guitar.
 
 
 
  Durability  
 
Light weight but unfortunately easily damaged. still nice feel and as long as your carefull will last you a long time.
 
 
 
  Overall  
 
Overall, It rocks. Ironicly the prices for it have seemed to increase on sites such as E-bay and amazon. It gets my vote.
 
 

Review by HughJass on 28.12.2003




I bought this guitar at Guitar Center for $329, Inullve shopped there since I started playing the people there are a great help and best part if you can just pick up a guitar and start playing! I got it for Christmas 2003 (I was with my Mom when she bought it). And it also came with a rather nice padded gig bag not like those crappy Ibanez ones.

 
 
  Features  
 
Its your standard dreadnaught, its got 21 frets, 14 playable, no cutaway, the tuners are really nice and very easy to use. Its a Taylor so you know its a quality product (Made Proudly in the USA). The Headstock is unique, its flat with an ebony coat and the strings wrap around 6 little cylinders and it has a nice streamlined look. The body is made of solid spruce, the back is a sapele veneer and the neck is a hard mahogany with an ebony fretboard.
 
 
 
  Playability  
 
I can play everything Inullve played on any other guitar on this one and much more. It may be a 15/16 Dreadnaught but when younullre playing it you donnullt even notice the difference is so miniscule in size. Besides its not how big it is, its how you play with it. My friend has an Ibanez AEF37TCS (Their mother ship of acoustics), a $600 guitar and this one performs, sounds and plays on the same plane.
 
 
 
  Quality  
 
This guitar has a very unique sound. I nullve played with some Fenders, Ovations and Ibanezes that all sounded very nice but all pretty much the same when tuned the same, but this one has a sharp, bright sound that I prefer to any guitar and it distinguishes the owner from other guitarists, i could be blindfolded and tell you which guitar is the Big Baby just by listening.
 
 
 
  Durability  
 
Inullve had this guitar for about three weeks and it hasnt left my lap since I got it. When i got it I tuned it flat, then to D, the back to flat where it had been for about a week and a half and inullve never had to adjust any of the tunings after the initial tune or had a string breakage. It came with phosphor bronze light gauge strings. I havent ever performed live but im going to at my schoolnulls Coffe House (Open Mic Night) in the spring with this guitar.
 
 
 
  Overall  
 
Overall this guitar is a great value at $329, as it is a Genuine American Made Taylor (Other taylors range from $1,500 to $11,000) and is quickly becoming Taylornulls best selling guitar because of its price, features and sound which stands toe to toe with even the most high-end guitars (and isnt sound the most important part of a musical instrument?). I would reccomend this guitar to all buyers and because of its range perhaps even a first guitar because of its durability (the el-cheapo "jam packs" contain sub-standard acoustics and for the price and playability of the Big Baby you cannot go wrong).