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- 3/4 Size Dreadnought
- Solid Sitka Spruce
- Sapele Back/Sides
- Gig Bag Included
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|Back Material Type||Sapele||mahogany||Sapele||Sapele|
|Body Material Type||solid-wood||solid-wood||Sitka-Spruce;sapele||—|
|Fretboard Material Type||Ebony||Ebony||Ebony||Ebony|
|Hand Orientation||Ambidextrous||—||Right Handed||Right Handed|
|Item Dimensions||13.78 x 31.5 x 5.91 in||38 x 16 x 7 in||16.25 x 43.5 x 7.2 in||38 x 16 x 7 in|
|Neck Material Type||Sapele||Mahogany||Sapele||Sapele|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6|
|Top Material Type||Spruce||—||Sitka Spruce||Spruce|
Pure Portability: Taylor Guitar's Baby Taylor BT1 is Perfect for Travel and Little HandsThe Baby Taylor is the ultimate travel companion, delivering volume and tone that surprise for its diminutive dimensions. At three-quarters the size of a full-sized guitar, the Baby Taylor BT1 lives for the road. It also loves little hands, which makes it an irresistible choice for kids taking lessons. Available with either a solid spruce or solid mahogany top.
Part of an acoustic guitar’s appeal is its portability. Wherever you might
be headed, the compact Baby Taylor makes the perfect musical companion. Its debut over a decade ago set a new benchmark for players on the go, giving them a legitimate musical instrument that’s resilient and can truly carry a tune, all the way up the neck. It’s also perfectly kid-friendly.
Baby Taylor BT1 : The Little Dreadnought That CouldAt a ¾-scale, the Baby Taylor BT1 is the little dreadnought that could. Taylor’s ultra-portable travel mate belies its size with a sweet, full voice and great tone. It’s remarkably versatile for special applications, whether played in alternate tunings or high-strung; with a capo or a slide. And it’s the perfect starter guitar for young kids.
About Taylor GuitarsFounded in 1974, Taylor Guitars has evolved into one of the world's leading manufacturers of premium acoustic and electric guitars. Renowned for blending an innovative use of modern technology with a master craftsman's attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered the best sounding and easiest to play in the world. Many of today's leading musicians make Taylor their guitar of choice, including Dave Matthews, Prince, Mick Jagger and Taylor Swift.
At a 3/4-scale, the Baby Taylor is the little Dreadnought that could. Taylor's ultra-portable travel mate belies its size with a sweet, full voice and great tone. It's remarkably versatile for special applications, whether played in alternate tunings or high-strung; with a capo or a slide. And it's the perfect starter guitar for young kids.
Baby Taylor Specs
Sapele Laminate back and sides for a crisp tone.
Pearloid dot inlays.
The Baby Taylor Series
The Baby Taylor is the ultimate travel companion, delivering volume and tone that surprise for its diminutive dimensions. At three-quarters the size of a full-sized guitar, the Baby Taylor lives for the road. It also loves little hands, which makes it an irresistible choice for kids taking lessons. Available with either a solid spruce or solid mahogany top.
Sitka Spruce Top
Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) grows in a coastal "pocket" from Northern California to Alaska. This dense, straight-grained wood has the highest strength and elasticity-to-weight ratio among available tonewoods, an attribute that makes it an ideal material not only for our soundboards, but for our internal bracing, as well. Sitka produces a slightly brighter tone than does Engelmann.
Sapele Laminate Back/Sides
This exceptional, mahogany-like wood grows throughout the tropical rain forests of Nigeria and the Ivory Coast of Africa. Ever since we introduced it in 1998, its legion of fans has grown exponentially. As a tonewood, it's denser and harder than mahogany, so it has a crisper, clearer, brighter, "pop"-ier sound than its more familiar counterpart. Loud and robust, with a lovely ribboned grain, sapele has been used by Spanish guitar makers for many years.
Dreadnought Body Shape
The original Dreadnought acoustic guitar appeared early in the 20th Century, and its no-frills, no-nonsense shape made it a logical namesake of the huge battleships of that day. Most subsequent Dreadnoughts, including Taylor's, have been derivative of that early design. In 1997, however, Bob Taylor re-designed the Taylor Dreadnought by softening the curves at the top and bottom and generally refining its overall shape. In 2003, gloss-finish Dreadnoughts also underwent bracing refinements that substantially increased their overall volume and bass response, without sacrificing Taylor's signature balance and clarity. Dreadnought six-strings shine as "plectrum" or "rhythm" guitars because they respond well to flatpicking or light-to-heavy strumming.
A durable varnish finish offers protection, good looks, and a smooth feel to the touch. The spruce top's beauty shines right through.
Top Customer Reviews
The selection came down to a choice between the Martin LX and the Taylor BT. In my opinion they are two totally different guitars with different strengths. I played both on an all day Saturday whirl wind of music stores and then did nothing for one week. The Martin clearly won on durability and sound. If you want a small durable guitar with good sound, and, ..., you play below the 5th fret this is the guitar for you. If you are a more advanced player (or want to be) and run the entire neck, the Taylor wins hands down.
Neither guitar played that well as set up in the store so it came down to which one could be 'made' to play. Both of these guitars are around $300. They are not $800, $1500, nor $5000 guitars. However, the BT can be made to play like a several thousand dollar guitar where the Martin, on all three I played, hung me up when running the entire neck whereas the Taylor was smooth.
The neck on the Taylor is decent, the truss rod is insanely easy to set with the strings on at full tension, the tuners are almost as good as my Grovers, and the saddle is the standard Taylor 1/8x2-13/16, and so are the bridge pins standard which can be important.
3/4 size guitars need strings that are thicker than for full sized guitars since they have a shorter neck. However, I did not like the .012-.053 80/20 bronze strings that are stock on the Taylor. They were replaced with Martin Silk and Steel .0115-.047 and they work great and slide much more easily. Again, this guitar was purchased as a teaching guitar, not a full sounding instrument.
My one big negative on the guitar was I tried to 'gently' remove the saddle to see if it was shimmed so I could lower the action by removing the shims. I could not get the saddle easily out so I decided to pass at this stage of game, but that will be an issue later on since the guitar will easily handle quite a lowering at the saddle/bridge area allowing easy and clean playability anywhere on the neck.
The bottom line is the guitar is set up with a string change and adjustment to the truss rod to play and feel like a full sized guitar at or below the 5th fret. It has easy action, plays clean on the entire neck, and holds tuning well. Above the 5th fret it needs work as indicated above.
The gig bag is quite nice but since we are talking kids, ..., I asked her parents to pick up the hard shell case on Amazon to keep the neck from being sheared off on a fast thoughtless turn.
About those two screws above the 15th fret that all reviewers seem to hate. Learn to love them! All flat tops sooner or later get raised bridges where you can no longer drop the saddle far enough to compensate. Under those two screws are shims that affect the angle of the neck to the guitar body. That means the neck can be re-shimmed by a qualified luthier to compensate for a raised bridge.
The bottom line is the Taylor is a very good guitar for the $300 price range that can be made to play as well as any several thousand dollar guitar. This is definitely a great guitar for the smaller person who does, or has the talent to, play the full range of the neck.
Edit after one year:
It is still a very nice guitar and I don't regret buying it and much of what I originally stated above still applies. That said, I know a little bit more about guitars and learning guitar than I did before (mind you I am no professional and still learning so take that into consideration please) and I would like to add that I now do not recommend this guitar for most normal sized adults or even some adults with smaller hands, as a beginner guitar for the following reasons. One, it's a bit too small and cramped for learning many chords and for picking strings cleanly. This can lead to frustration, tension and sore hands and fingers beyond what normally happens with a beginner learning to play. Not to mention, the action is kinda high imho. Two, it's a bit more "pingy" or "twangy" sounding than I originally thought. Having used some nicer and full sized guitars since, I can say while this one is pretty darn nice for a 3/4 guitar, it's really not a "great" sound over all. After a year of using it, I would only suggest this guitar be purchased for adults with VERY small hands, children ages 7-12 or so depending on their size, and for those who NEED another smaller guitar for travel or some other reason. "Need" is the key word I think when considering this guitar.