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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / My Baby Taylor (BT1) is not so bad, afterall....

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Feb 11th, 2018 06:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Because of the very high action, which I did not appreciate at time of purchase, I've pretty much loathed this guitar. I have thought back to when I bought mine, and some parents were buying their kid one, too; I imagined the kid didn't stick with any lessons very long with that POS, with its very high action....

A couple of years ago, with my homemade Craftsman feeler gauge set of files, I adjusted the nut slots as deep as I could, and then adjusted the bridge in the same way (I was desperate); it's a little butchered. It helped with the action, but that adjustment only slightly affected the very high action on the guitar.

A couple of weeks ago I once again noticed the two screw heads in the fret board at the top of the body. Everyone knows that acoustic guitars have set necks, right? I always thought the screws were there to facilitate assembly (in Mexico) or to hold the fake fret board in place. I decided today to remove the two screws and see what I got. I got a neck that comes off! Wow! So, I shimmed it, first with two layers of heavy index card -- action still a little too high; added a third layer -- wicked buzzing and fretting out; removed the third layer of card, and added heavy printer paper. At first I thought it was still too much shim (too low string height), but after tuning up, all was well. The guitar has "aged" for four or so years now (doesn't sound so much like a ukulele any longer), and with the neck adjustment, it's pretty good, for what it is. That was my big "project" for the day.

BTW, a couple of years ago a couple of us discussed how we liked Mel Bay vintage guitar picks, hoping to buy red ones. Last week I thought I'd poke around the internet again -- still could only find the lighter gauge, vintage green ones. So I ordered a couple of variety packs of Dunlop picks just to have several types to compare to the Mel Bay ones. The .60 mm Dunlop "MAX-GRIP" seems closest to the red vintage Mel Bay, both in flexibility and texture/grip.

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Feb 11th, 2018 07:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep, 10-minute zero dollar neck resets are a notable Taylor innovation. Let the purists howl, they work!

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Feb 11th, 2018 08:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep. A year into my Baby Taylor, it needed a neck shim.

10 minutes latter, it was all together and tuned up and working great.

It’s a good design for this type of guitar.

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Feb 12th, 2018 10:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep all the Taylors since the early 2000s have bolt necks. Too many people don't know it and sand down bridge saddles to lower action when the neck should be shimmed. I just had my 810ce shimmed by the Taylor factory as it was already there for an ES1 repair.


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Feb 12th, 2018 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Baby Taylors and Big Baby Taylors are really great guitars.


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Feb 12th, 2018 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Taylor provides their authorized service centers with highly accurate shim sets that are indexed enabling the tech to adjust the neck angle precisely in a very short time. Its not something that is done in a seat-of-the-pants sort of way. They provide both a written and video instruction. When a neck angle needs to be addressed, the neck is removed, the numbers written on the existing shims are noted and the needed shims to achieve both heel and fingerboard changes are known. Contact areas always remain precise.

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Feb 12th, 2018 04:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If I were more on the ball, I could have saved a lot of trouble and time -- my homemade feeler gauge files are not very efficient... I wonder if I am the only guy here who did not know about the Taylor removable neck...? (OK, probably.) I read a few BT1 descriptions today and nowhere was there any mention of the "adjustable" neck.

BTW, I received a Thank You "gift" debit card from one of my utilities, so I went to Guitar Center and bought some Snarling Dog Brain Picks. These are really close in feel and appearance to the old Mel Bay ones. Better than the Dunlop Max-Grip (texture was too "sharp" - had to sand down the texture). Brains are better.

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Feb 12th, 2018 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I only just learned about the neck from Hammond's recent experience. I had no idea.

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