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FDP Forum / Non-Fender Gear Reviews / Brought home a mahogony Baby Taylor travel guitar today!


Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
May 29th, 2014 09:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

OKAY! brought home the new Baby (Taylor) today.
My first impression on my BT2 (mahogany sound board, not spruce): I will be very happy with it as a travel guitar.

I A/B'd it with the Martin LX, the LX sounded
boxy, honky midrange next to the BT2. The BT2
was a lot smoother, wider range. GC didn't have the spruce BT1 for comparison, but memory tells me it was too 'Taylor'y, bright, precise, but without a full bass response for balance, the spruce sound was a little too trebly, while my 'hog' guitar was a little mellower, deeper (some call it 'dark').

The laminate back was slightly curved,
like an ovation, which helped with the projection.
(In fact the guitar sounded fuller when some one
else played it in front of me.) the 22.75 scale
frets were a little tight on the fingers up high.
Setup seemed fine out of the box.

BUT REMEMBER WHY I bought it- strictly as a
carry-along guitar- it will never replace a full
body instrument in clarity and fullness of tone.

33.3" long, 12" wide, its portable. But size
aside, it is eminently playable and good sounding
as a solo instrument accompaniment. And with
$50 off, the price was right.

Finger picking sounded wonderfully warm but
articulate, and finger strumming gave a nice
full sound. With a pick, individual notes
rang out, including the low strings (!). Pick
strumming sounded a little noisy and confused,
more so the louder you played.

So that's my story, and I'm sticking with it..

(This message was last edited by wborys at 08:22 AM, May 30th, 2014)

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I was young and dumb, now old and.. .. ^
Jun 17th, 2014 07:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sounds like a great travel guitar. I agree the mahogany has that mellow sound where spruce can get bright. I have an old Gibson LGO that is all mahogany, 80/20 bronze strings are a perfect fit for it.

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I walk

between the raindrops
Aug 15th, 2014 09:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've had a Baby Taylor for years and it became my office guitar (hung in my office at work). I traveled with it a few times and it was super portable and great for practice.

Then I played a pal's Taylor GS, and the sound bowled me over. It's quite full-sounding, despite the guitar's small size. The Baby Taylor is sort of ukulele-sounding compared to the GS. With the better tone, the GS is more satisfying for me to play. It's a bit larger than the Baby, but I've traveled with this and it is small enough to be a cinch to carry on planes, etc.


Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Aug 15th, 2014 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I hear you, Peegoo, but didn't want to chance
any hassle from the airlines on our trip to
Germany this summer. It definitely doesn't fit
in the airline test box, but made it through 6
flights without challenge, or overhead damage.

The GS IS gorgeous sounding, but I couldn't
justify the extra $$ and size to buy it for
my limited usage. (hah given the matchbox
cabin size of our boat, I'm glad I went smaller!)

PS- sitting on a sun deck alone at night on a
longboat steaming up the Rhine, drinking
anniversary champagne and singing duets
with wife Sue- a small piece of heaven...

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I walk

between the raindrops
Aug 16th, 2014 07:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

wborys, I hear ya. You made a solid decision based on what you needed.

That is the real beauty of guitars these days: there are so many choices, at all price ranges. And the quality across all price ranges is astonishingly good.



Oct 26th, 2015 10:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought the Spruce Baby Taylor for travel. I had the chance to try a bunch before settling on the one I bought, which had great bass response IMHO for a small body guitar. I actually like the Baby, better than most full sized Taylors I've tried because I too usually find them too bright. My Baby just seems fairly well balanced.

Congrats on the new Baby, raise her up right. ;^)

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Back in the old

Nov 10th, 2015 06:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

So why the Baby Taylor and not the Taylor GS mini?

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Chain Smokin'

Gas Station Attendant
Nov 11th, 2015 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

It didn't fit in the airline overhead box.

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