The Baby Taylor Acoustic is a very nice 3/4 size acoustic guitar that would be a perfect starter instrument for young kids who are between ages 7 to 10 or so, and who are serious about learning. I would definitely recommend this model for a child who is doing lessons. It is a little more expensive than a lot of beginner guitars on the market, but you are getting a top brand and very good quality for the price (around $300.) In the last 20 years Taylor Guitars have developed a reputation as one the top acoustic brands along with Martin, Gibson and Guild. The Baby Taylor has become one of Taylor’s top sellers because of the sound, quality and value that you get with this great little instrument.
The Baby Taylor is a dreadnought-style, steel string, 3/4 scale (which just means it is three-quarters the size of a full-sized guitar). The size is important when selecting an instrument for a child because if the body is too big, it will uncomfortable to play. The Baby Taylor is available in either a solid mahogany (BT2) or solid spruce (BT1) top. It also has a sapele arched back and sides and an ebony fret board and bridge. Sapele is a just a tropical African tone wood that is similar to mahogany in appearance and sound.
Generally this is great instrument for kids to learn on because it is nice and easy to play. The neck on the Baby Taylor is very smooth and a little thinner than standard size neck, making it simple for kids to get their small hands around it. It is also fun to tune and play because of the low action on the neck. The BT is also isn’t too hard on kids fingers, which can often be an issue with steel string guitars.
The BT holds it’s tuning very well, which makes it less frustrating for kids when they are practicing. It has a very rich full tone which is a little surprising for a 3/4 size model.
The workmanship is what you would expect coming from Taylor Guitars. The mahogany necks are cut to fit securely into the body, and they use a bolt-on neck approach instead of the traditional glued-in neck method. The Baby Taylor maintains tune in different conditions which is a bit unusual for a beginner model.
The Baby Taylor is a fantastic guitar in the $300 price range. If your child is planning on taking lessons this is the guitar to get if you want something that is easy to play, stays in tune, and is a good size for a child, all for a reasonable price.
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Specifications- Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar,
Body Length- 15 3/4″
Body Width- 12 1/2″
Body Depth- 3 3/8″
Top Wood- Sitka Spruce
Fingerboard Wood- Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay- 6mm Dots
Nut and Saddle- Nubone
Headstock Overlay- Lexan
Tuners- Die-Cast Chrome
Woods- Sitka Spruce, Layered Sapele,Tropical Mahogany
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