Taylor Big Baby BBT 6 String Acoustic Guitar
Taylor are one of the most highly respected brands for acoustic guitars and the 15/16 size BBT is the closest you can get to owning a new full-sized Taylor for less than $500. Although the body is slightly smaller than regular dreadnoughts, it has a full-sized scale length at 25.5".
At the time of writing, the BBT was the equal 3rd highest rated acoustic guitar in the $300 to $500 price bracket. We first placed it on our recommended list in November 2016 and we recently reaffirmed that recommendation in January 2018 as you can see in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars - From $100 to $2000.
- Body Shape: Dreadnought 15/16
- Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Body: Sapele Laminate back & sides
- Finish: Varnish - Natural
- Bridge: Ebony
- Neck: Tropical American Mahogany
- Neck Profile: Standard Taylor neck
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Fingerboard Radius: 15"
- Number of Frets: 20
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Nut Width: 1.6875"
Many of the people who wrote customer reviews about the BBT were ones who already owned more expensive Taylors and the majority of these people were very impressed with the BBT. Despite its slightly smaller body it was often described as being loud. Many reviewers said that it had a well balanced tone from the lows to the highs. Music Radar wrote a glowing review summing it up by saying, "It's obvious, however, that both the Big Baby and its predecessor are not merely relatively cheap guitars, but; more accurately, quality guitars designed and built with such cunning as to not cost so much."
There were no consistently reported negatives however 1 person who identified as a luthier said that after conversion with a Taylor repairman discovered they recommend changing string gauges when you change tuning to maintain string tension and avoid fret buzz.
If you want a Taylor and you have less than $500 to spend then this is your choice.