Taylor Acoustic Guitars: Big Baby Dreadnought
by Guitar Guru
"You’ll Want to Baby this Big Baby"
The Taylor Big Baby Dreadnought is a guitar you will find yourself playing over and over again, just for the fun of it.
Its 15/16-scale size makes it much easier to handle than standard dreadnoughts and its sapele laminate back and sides lend it a beautiful texture. Did I mention the laser-etched rosette? Absolutely beautiful! But enough about looks, how does this Big Baby sound?
Chalk it up to the solid Sitka spruce top
, but this Big Baby has great projection. Its high notes and middle ranges are bright and clear and while its tone is balanced, thanks to its reduced size its base notes are not very deep. This can be a drawback for those who prefer a full-bodied sound when finger picking. But on the plus side, being of smaller size means that this Big Baby is much lighter than other dreadnoughts and its thinner neck makes it easy as pie to play.
Another, more serious drawback is the fact that this guitar has no internal bracing, which makes it overly sensitive to moisture and dryness and therefore prone to warping. So, if you enjoy this big baby’s sound, and its manageable price ($449) then make sure you treat it right and store it properly in the Taylor gig bag that is included in the price.
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