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wborys

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what do you mean the bass is too loud?
May 29th, 2014 09:03 PM        

OKAY! brought home the new Baby (Taylor) today.<br /> My first impression on my BT2 (mahogany sound board, not spruce): I will be very happy with it as a travel guitar.<br /> <br /> I A/B'd it with the Martin LX, the LX sounded<br /> boxy, honky midrange next to the BT2. The BT2<br /> was a lot smoother, wider range. GC didn't have the spruce BT1 for comparison, but memory tells me it was too 'Taylor'y, bright, precise, but without a full bass response for balance, the spruce sound was a little too trebly, while my 'hog' guitar was a little mellower, deeper (some call it 'dark').<br /> <br /> The laminate back was slightly curved,<br /> like an ovation, which helped with the projection.<br /> (In fact the guitar sounded fuller when some one<br /> else played it in front of me.) the 22.75 scale<br /> frets were a little tight on the fingers up high.<br /> Setup seemed fine out of the box.<br /> <br /> BUT REMEMBER WHY I bought it- strictly as a <br /> carry-along guitar- it will never replace a full<br /> body instrument in clarity and fullness of tone.<br /> <br /> 33.3" long, 12" wide, its portable. But size <br /> aside, it is eminently playable and good sounding<br /> as a solo instrument accompaniment. And with<br /> $50 off, the price was right.<br /> <br /> Finger picking sounded wonderfully warm but<br /> articulate, and finger strumming gave a nice<br /> full sound. With a pick, individual notes<br /> rang out, including the low strings (!). Pick<br /> strumming sounded a little noisy and confused,<br /> more so the louder you played.<br /> <br /> So that's my story, and I'm sticking with it..



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Jun 17th, 2014 07:46 PM        

Sounds like a great travel guitar. I agree the mahogany has that mellow sound where spruce can get bright. I have an old Gibson LGO that is all mahogany, 80/20 bronze strings are a perfect fit for it.



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Aug 15th, 2014 09:34 AM        

I've had a Baby Taylor for years and it became my office guitar (hung in my office at work). I traveled with it a few times and it was super portable and great for practice.<br /> <br /> Then I played a pal's Taylor GS, and the sound bowled me over. It's quite full-sounding, despite the guitar's small size. The Baby Taylor is sort of ukulele-sounding compared to the GS. With the better tone, the GS is more satisfying for me to play. It's a bit larger than the Baby, but I've traveled with this and it is small enough to be a cinch to carry on planes, etc.



wborys

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Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Aug 15th, 2014 10:07 AM        

I hear you, Peegoo, but didn't want to chance<br /> any hassle from the airlines on our trip to<br /> Germany this summer. It definitely doesn't fit<br /> in the airline test box, but made it through 6<br /> flights without challenge, or overhead damage.<br /> <br /> The GS IS gorgeous sounding, but I couldn't <br /> justify the extra $$ and size to buy it for<br /> my limited usage. (hah given the matchbox<br /> cabin size of our boat, I'm glad I went smaller!)<br /> <br /> PS- sitting on a sun deck alone at night on a <br /> longboat steaming up the Rhine, drinking<br /> anniversary champagne and singing duets<br /> with wife Sue- a small piece of heaven...<br /> , <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />



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Aug 16th, 2014 07:47 AM        

wborys, I hear ya. You made a solid decision based on what you needed. <br /> <br /> That is the real beauty of guitars these days: there are so many choices, at all price ranges. And the quality across all price ranges is astonishingly good.



VanGoghsEar



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Oct 26th, 2015 10:12 AM        

I bought the Spruce Baby Taylor for travel. I had the chance to try a bunch before settling on the one I bought, which had great bass response IMHO for a small body guitar. I actually like the Baby, better than most full sized Taylors I've tried because I too usually find them too bright. My Baby just seems fairly well balanced.<br /> <br /> Congrats on the new Baby, raise her up right. ;^)



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Nov 10th, 2015 06:38 PM        

So why the Baby Taylor and not the Taylor GS mini?<br /> <br />



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Nov 11th, 2015 03:25 PM        

It didn't fit in the airline overhead box.



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