The very first small guitar was created with the purpose of serving children as an instrument to learn on and play until they grew out of it. Since then scaled down guitars have gone through an evolution, becoming the favorite of travelers at first and finally all musicians needing a compact instrument to keep at home. The Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic guitar is one of the many favorites on the market, for the great qualities it possesses. Let’s take a closer look at the guitar and see why it is considered to be one of the better options on the market.
The scaled down body of the guitar might seem a little small to produce much sound, but the fact that it is just a smaller dreadnought design means it will produce a great sound. ¾ size, dreadnought shape combine into an interesting tone, with the projection of the guitar not being as strong as with a full size guitar, and yet having a powerful projection combined with the typical, yet slightly toned down, dreadnought bass response. It doesn’t end there, as the smaller size of the guitar allows the mid and high tones to be well expressed as well. Very nice indeed.
The body of the guitar is solid mahogany. The tonewood is well known for its durability and density, and being especially useful when trying to get bass tones out of the guitar. The mahogany of this guitar is dark, and the tone becomes similar: dark, warm and mellow. The back and sides of the guitar are layered sapele, which is never a bad decision to be honest. This adds further resonance with the midtones, and keeps the guitar durable, yet light.
The neck of the guitar is sapele as well. This durable and bright hardwood keeps the guitar looking consistently handsome. The neck is slender and makes it easy to reach the beautiful, smooth ebony fretboard. Perfect for any person, whether a child or fully grown.
The bridge of the guitar is ebony as well. While ebony is beautiful to look at, it does not transfer tone as many other tonewoods do. Oftentimes ebony is even considered flat, so do not expect any unique effects on the sound of the guitar as a result of the bridge.
The nut and saddle of the guitar are NuBone – a synthetic bone type which is actually a rather good choice for a guitar. The NuBone is durable and allows exceptional harmonics on the guitar. There is little to no string buzz.
The tuning machine of the guitar is stable, meaning you will not have to deal with returning your guitar every time you want to play. You might not even have to retune the guitar for months at a time, if you treat the tuning machine nicely.
The sound of the guitar is strange. Not because it is actually a strange sound, but because it is strange to picture a guitar this proficient in the low and midtones when it looks so small. The guitar has a beautiful bass response, with powerful mid tones and a solid treble ranged sounds. It is warm, mellow and sometimes a little dark in its expressive bass tones. Yet the guitar has the potential to liven up any party it is brought out at. A definite dark horse of a guitar in the price range it is located in.
The Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic guitar might be referred to as a baby, but it is anything but juvenile. The sound of the guitar is mature and strong, one that is capable of captivating the hearts and minds of any audience. It is a handsome instrument that is easy to take wherever you go. Definitely one of the more fascinating instruments in its bracket, I am prone to recommending it to anyone who asks.