Taylor Big Baby Acoustic Guitar Review 2019
Taylor Big Baby Acoustic Guitar Overview
The Taylor Big Baby is an acoustic that is a perfect travel size guitar, but still packs a good punch! The Taylor Big Baby also comes in a left handed model as well for the lefty players out there! Lets take a deeper look into the Big Baby as it has a great sound for the price point it is found in and is a popular acoustic in the entry level offerings!
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Big Baby Acoustic Guitar Body
Firstly, the body on the Big Baby is the biggest of the small bodies that Taylor makes and is just shy of a full size dreadnought acoustic. The Sitka spruce top gives the Big Baby top shelf tone and has quite the voice for its slightly smaller size. The back is slightly arched which adds strength to the guitar to make it road worthy but it also helps with its volume. The overall sound is well balanced thanks to Taylor's design with this guitar body and is great for all playing styles.
The back and sides are made from layered sapele, this is done to keep the cost of the instrument down but looks and sounds great. Layered woods handle humid environments better and so this can be a benefit as the Big Baby is small enough to be used more often as a travel guitar. The body is then finished in varnish on the top, back and sides and does not have a cut away.
Big Baby Neck and Headstock
Secondly, the Big Baby neck is Taylor's patented neck design. It is made form tropical mahogany and features an African ebony finger board with a 25.5 inch scale and pearloid dot inlays. The nut width is roughly 1.7 inch wide and has a matte finish. The neck is designed to stay sturdy and remain in tune with rock solid intonation. The neck feels great when playing and is easy to get around on and play. Being a smaller guitar, the neck would also be extremely comfortable for people with smaller hands.
The Taylor patented neck design claim is that their necks ensure lasting stability and intonation. We had no issues with the Big Baby when it came to tuning or intonation and feel that being a more worthy travel guitar, this feature would be extremely appreciated to those who take it with them when on the go.
Big Baby Hardware
Thirdly, the Big Baby comes with a Tusq nut and Micarta saddle. Tusq, according to Graphtec, has been designed to transfer the right frequencies more efficiently from the strings to the guitar body. Consequently, this produces more harmonics in the mid and upper ranges. Tusq responds as close to bone as you can possibly get. Micarta is a synthetic material that is a substitute for bone but is softer and cheaper which you will find in entry level guitars.
The die cast plated chrome tuning machine heads feel good and hold tune very well. We had no issues with tuning on the Big Baby and tuning when required was obtained quite easily.
The Big Baby does not come loaded with any electronics however, so make sure you are aware of this.
Big Baby Sound
So, now that you know a bit about the guitar, the question is, how does it sound? The Big Baby is slightly smaller then a dreadnought guitar body but that does not exclude it from being a trusty performer! This little guitar packs a punch, projects well and sounds great. Thanks to the spruce top and the experience of Taylor's engineering, this guitar has a bold timbre with a good mid range punch and articulate top end. The Big Baby acoustic guitar is a lot of fun and very hard to put down! And thanks to the small size, you may never have to as you can virtually take it with you wherever you go!
Big Baby Feel
But how does it feel? The smaller size comes up as a plus once again! First, its light and tucks into your body so nice that it feels natural. The action on the guitar was great which made it so easy to play that the comfort level was very high! The neck is great for people with smaller hands especially younger players. Intonation and tuning were great and so playing up and down the fret board was a great experience. The Big Baby acoustic guitar just feels robust and the neck sturdy, its no wonder this guitar is popular for an entry level acoustic!
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
There are many great acoustic guitars in the under $500 price range available these days that play and sound great. The Taylor Big baby is one of those guitars that while an entry level guitar, it is very versatile and sounds great! Consequently, because of its smaller size, it is also great for younger players and people with smaller hands. This is an amazing around the camp fire guitar, while also a great business trip acoustic for those experienced players who already have some professional acoustics.
Taylor is an acoustic guitar manufacturing pioneer and even in their entry level guitars, the quality and sound are present! We had fun with this guitar, its big balanced sound and small size make it very versatile and its very hard to put down! The spruce top is an excellent contributor to the great sound! For a beginner you wont be disappointed with this guitar, unless of course you own some more expensive Taylor acoustics!
What Do You Think?
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