Taylor Baby Taylor
First introduced in 1996 this guitar is primarily aimed at the travel or children’s market.
It is a ¾ size Dreadnought body style with a ¾ scale length. It comes with its own Taylor branded high quality padded gig bag.
The body of this guitar is made of a stronger sapele laminate with the top having been made of Sitka spruce. The neck is also made of sapele and features an ebony fretboard with just 19 frets. The headstock is Taylor branded excellent quality die cast chrome tuners. It’s strung with the excellent Elixir strings.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO PLAY?
This guitar is unlike anything else we’ve ever played. It sits comfortably on the knee and is surprisingly easy for an adult to play. The real star of the show is the Taylor neck and fretboard which offer an incredibly satisfying experience. The intonation is accurate and playing chords or melody lines is easy and fluid.
The sound is ‘boxy’ and lends itself to finger picking and light strumming, with a very pleasing high end response. There is little or no depth to the sound and hard strumming produces a tone more akin to a boxwood instrument.
If you’re going to buy a guitar for recording or performance this probably isn’t it. However if you’re looking for a guitar that is incredibly light and easy to carry round and offers a quality playing experience I don’t think we can recommend anything better.
This guitar brings a smile to the face and is great fun to play no matter what standard you’re at.
A special note here for any one considering purchasing an instrument for a child or beginner.
You have a couple of options: there are a number of guitars on the marketplace costing between £30.00 and £80.00 but having tried a number of these we doubt very much whether a child or beginner would make much progress due to the very poor playing experience, bad construction and poor materials utilised. Most guitars of this type will be worth only a small proportion of money you’ve spent should you wish to sell it on.
In contrast a baby Taylor costs in the region of £270 but will hold its value extremely well and is more likely to result in someone carrying on due to its playability.
Body Solid Sitka Spruce top with Sapele laminate body
Neck Maple, Modern “C” Shape
Frets 19 frets (15 clear of body)
Machine Heads Die Cast Chrome
Scale Length 22¾”
Width at Nut 1 11/16”
Further information: Taylor Guitars