#1
I want my wife and I to both learn the guitar. So, I'm looking at buying the Taylor "Big Baby".

Does anyone know if that's a good choice? Its about $400
#2
Well I guess it wouldn't be a bad idea, is this for you and your wife to share? You could most likely find two $200 ones so you can both have your own acoustic.
#3
That would be a pretty decent guitar for a beginner, but if you are looking at that guitar for value, you are really getting ripped off. All you're paying for is the taylor name. the neck of that guitar is actually bolted onto the body, which is pretty rare on an acoustic. not necessarily a good thing. I would check into seagull guitars. they have a nice beginner guitar. or just check out any fender, I think they have some pretty good value acoustics
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That would be a pretty decent guitar for a beginner, but if you are looking at that guitar for value, you are really getting ripped off. All you're paying for is the taylor name. the neck of that guitar is actually bolted onto the body, which is pretty rare on an acoustic. not necessarily a good thing. I would check into seagull guitars. they have a nice beginner guitar. or just check out any fender, I think they have some pretty good value acoustics

Bolt-on necks aren't necessarily a bad thing. Seagull uses them, and they are my favorite guitars.

I second looking at Seagull. The Taylor Big Baby really rapes you for the money.
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#6
I really enjoyed the Epiphone acoustic I played the other day when my friend came over, they're pretty cheap too.
#7
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Bolt-on necks aren't necessarily a bad thing. Seagull uses them, and they are my favorite guitars.

I second looking at Seagull. The Taylor Big Baby really rapes you for the money.


Chad's got the right idea. Bolt on necks arent necessarily bad. all taylor guitars have bolt on necks. they're easier to change(if need be) and arguably, do not contribute much to tone, if at all.

I bought an Art & Lutherie Cedar(solid cedar top) and paid $420 for electronics AND a cutaway(both cost extra money). Lets just say... plugged in, my guitar sounds really good. it has this mid-end growl when i play through my church's PA system.

My friend had a big baby taylor and didnt know how to change the strings, so i brought it home and did it for her. Lets just say... for $400... i got a LOT more guitar for the money. Her guitar doesn't sound THAT good either. it lacks any sort of bass because of it's small size.

If you're buying the Taylor Big Baby because you want a smaller guitar that is easier for both you and your wife to handle, then i suggest looking into Art & Lutherie Ami Parlour guitars. they're small but still sound pretty good. Also, they have solid spruce or cedar tops, so the sound better the more you play them.

Anyway... Seagull, Norman, Simon & Patrick, and Art & Lutherie are all companies owned by Godin. In fact, they're made in the same factory. All of them are great guitars, and you really get your money's worth. not to mention, they're made in canada, so they have GREAT build quality.
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Chad's got the right idea. Bolt on necks arent necessarily bad. all taylor guitars have bolt on necks. they're easier to change(if need be) and arguably, do not contribute much to tone, if at all.

Agreed. I'm a serious tone chaser, but for the functionality of it, I'll prefer bolt-on necks any day of the week. Also, the tonal difference is so small that the human ear could barely pick it up (even a very trained one).
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#9
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Agreed. I'm a serious tone chaser, but for the functionality of it, I'll prefer bolt-on necks any day of the week. Also, the tonal difference is so small that the human ear could barely pick it up (even a very trained one).


yup. Actually, even Martins are starting to use non-traditional joints. the martin OMCRE uses a floating neck system that can change it's action with an allen(sp?) key instantly.
#10
Quote by captivate
yup. Actually, even Martins are starting to use non-traditional joints. the martin OMCRE uses a floating neck system that can change it's action with an allen(sp?) key instantly.

I saw this on a custom guitar on the MIMF forums recently. It was really cool.
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#11
oh, I don't know that much about bolt-on necks on acoustics, but the Taylor big baby that I played actually had the screws on the fretboard, around the 16th fret I think. That looked really weird to me. I just though that that was really tacky, and I know that you can certainly get a better guitar for your money. Seagulls are absolutely amazing though, you just have to get used to the headstock shape, but I think its pretty cool lookin.
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#12
Like some other people said
If you and your wife are going to share, I'd rather just buy two 200$ guitars.

But if you really want to buy the Taylor Big Baby, I say go for it.

I'm trying to get a Taylor myself, and I gotta admit, they sound bea-u-ti-ful
#13
I was in the same situation as you a couple of years ago. I played a lot of the guitars in the sticky listed, with the Seagull being at the top of my list. It sounds incredible, but then I read a lot about the cedar tops being softer than spruce and with me having small kids in the house, I ended up with a Washburn D10S.

It has taken some abuse from the kids. It does have one small ding in the top, but I am VERY surprised it doesn't have more to their accidents around/with it. (It's my fault because I keep it out in the living room.)

With that being said, I now have a Seagull S12+. It sounds/plays like a dream!

But if you AND your wife want to learn, buy 2 SOLID top guitars for $200/each (e.g. Yamaha 700s) and you both will be able to practice, play, etc. at the same time.
#14
I would not recommend the Taylor Big Baby. If you want to go the route of two guitars for the same money, check out the Yamaha FG700S. Hands down best guitar I've ever played for $200.

If you want to stick with one guitar to share, there are much better options out there than the Taylor Big Baby imo. As was said previously, have a look here for some great selections under $300:

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=337075

If you are wanting to get more up around $400-$500... these are some guitars I would recommend trying out if you can find them locally:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Parkwood-PW320M-GA-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=512551
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Masterbilt-DR500M-Dreadnaught-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=519055
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Parkwood-PW310M-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=512550
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Alvarez-Professional-Series-PD80S-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=518823
#15
Blueridge BR-140 will kick it's tail. Blueridge is solid wood. Baby Taylor is plywood. Solid wood is better.