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Taylor Big Baby 15/16 Acoustic Yay or Nay? Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by hrstrat57, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Tele-Holic

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    Nov 21, 2016
    Rhode Island
    No intention of looking for an acoustic just not my jam.

    Walked into local GC and found a mint Big Baby and picked it up on a whim.

    Wow, played like an electric with decent tone and price seemed right.

    I might actually play it if I bought it unlike ever other acoustic I've owned.
    (I actually loved my Yamaha FG 180, another sad why did I sell gear story)

    Thoughts on Big Baby? Zombie threads kind of inconclusive so I thought I'd start another.

    Help friends?
     

  2. Dukex

    Dukex Tele-Meister

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    Nov 8, 2012
    SoCal
    I love BB's, always have. They are a blast to play and sound great. I had to sell mine when I traded up to a Taylor 324 (I'm married :)).
     
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  3. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Holic

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    I think the Taylor line is superb across the board. I'd try a gs mini before settling on a big baby. I looked at the big baby as they are more cost effective but in the end, I couldn't settle for one and bought the gs mini.
     
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  5. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

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    Dec 3, 2014
    Toowoomba, Australia
    I could be happy with a BB, but I would also be looking at a GS Mini if possible, especially the mahogany-topped version.
     

  6. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I'm not a huge fan of any of the Taylor "babies".
    I find them kinda harsh sounding.
    They play OK.
     

  7. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Tele-Holic

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    Sep 22, 2014
    Pahrump, nv
    I've liked everyone I've ever played. The big baby and the X14 line are actually the only taylors I can stand...
     
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  8. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    Montana
    I grab every BB that I see in a store. I really like their sound and love the neck. I'm a blues player and have rarely found a song that needs that kind of all around open sound, so I've never bought an acoustic in that class, but those are winners in my book. My wife has a great sounding GS Mini, but the short scale is a deal breaker for me.
     
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  9. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

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    Dec 3, 2014
    Toowoomba, Australia
    That's an interesting observation that coincides with my view. I fingerpick more or less in the style of John Hurt, and big open sounds don't work well for that - he mostly played a Guild F-30 in the 60s.. - Which I why I like old-style Matons so much, they sound tight and overbraced. However, like you, that doesn't mean that I don't appreciate the constructional and tonal qualities of Taylors.
     
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  10. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    They play very well and they sound full and warm with nice sparkle on top. The 15/16 size combined with the decent rigid gig bag make them easy to pack and take places. They're nice.

    If you don't have a decent grab 'n play acoustic then you're really missing something.
     
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  11. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    Montana
    Glad to hear that someone else has similar views. It is a bit odd, because I really enjoy the quality of big open sounding dreads. When I'm at a store, I can't hold back from grabbing a Gibby dread or something similar, but I just don't play stuff that sounds good on them, even though I greatly admire the tonal palette of them. I do have one song in my repertoire that demands a dread and that is, "Death Have No Mercy", by Rev. Gary Davis. So, when I'm in the mood, I have to beg and grovel Mrs. Obsessed to let me borrow her GS Mini.:rolleyes::lol:
     

  12. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    This could be a good time to buy a Big Baby because the new Taylor Academy series is hitting stores. I don't know if the Academy guitars are replacing the Big Baby or if they are being offered in addition to the Big Baby.

    The normal Big Babys were about $429 with case and they had the bolt on mortise and tenon neck with the two screws that went through the fret board. The Academy guitars are $499 and they don't have the screws through the fret board. The Academys also have a bevel where your arm lays across the lower bout.The Academys with electronics are $599. I just sold my second Big Baby on ebay and I bought an Academy with electronics. I think the Academy is a new/sexier Big Baby.

    My Bib Baby was minty and I got $250 for it. I probably should have kept it but you keep everything.

    My Big Baby aboved my new Academy......

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  13. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

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    Dec 3, 2014
    Toowoomba, Australia
    I read some specs on the Academy series, they look pretty good. Apparently it has the same bolt-on neck joint as the "standard" series Taylors, which is a big plus for me compared to other makes - though I've got nothing against the simple Baby-style joint except maybe the look.
     

  14. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Tele-Holic

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    Nov 21, 2016
    Rhode Island
    She's home, nearly unplayed mint w case. Fun!



    Thanks friends!
     

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  15. netgear69

    netgear69 Tele-Holic

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    Dec 21, 2012
    england
    They sound excellent much better than them mini Martin guitars
     
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  16. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Tele-Holic

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    Yep sounds good smells good :)

    Best sounding with the orig strings still attached presently playing finger style.

    Still new though so it's immature!

    My finger style playing is immature too!

     
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  17. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Tele-Holic

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    Nov 21, 2016
    Rhode Island

  18. beninma

    beninma Tele-Meister

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    Mar 17, 2017
    Massachusetts
    I bought an Academy Taylor recently too, I have the A12e. They're shorter scale than a Tele but otherwise the neck feels very familiar to someone who plays a Tele.. similar shape to the neck and similar width to the fretboard. They have good size frets too. I like mine a lot, though I'm not getting as much use as I thought I guess, I need to learn some more acoustic songs.

    The Academy series are definitely worth checking out if you're looking at the Big Baby and/or GS Mini guitars.

    I did work on the nut on mine and take a teeny bit off the saddle, it plays really nice now, but wasn't bad at all right out of the box.
     

  19. Soof

    Soof TDPRI Member

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    Spring Lake Hts, NJ
    Yes, the BB really sounds good. When I went to buy a 6 string recently I tried all the Taylor smaller guitars. I was driving the sales guy crazy ! He lined them up and I played them.

    But when I played the 110e prototype (Mahogany top) I was hooked. I found my guitar and the price was right. Granted, this is a one-of-a-kind Taylor but I'd say the 2017 110s with spruce top & walnut back/sides sounds pretty darn good as well.
     

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