Hey, remember when the term “big baby” was an insult? Okay, maybe it still does today, but it also refers to a compact Taylor 15/16-scale dreadnought. The company first produced the 3/4-size Baby Taylor, with either solid spruce or solid mahogany top, as a great-sounding, lightweight travel companion. But a 3/4-size guitar can be too small for some players. The larger Big Baby, which is today’s official Guitar of the Day, has a solid, resonant spruce top with classic-style X-bracing and plays more like a grownup. It comes with sapele-laminate back and sides and a surprisingly big sound that rivals many larger (though less well-designed) acoustic guitars.
Now you might wonder why Taylor chose to go the laminate route on the back and sides, since the company is well-known for its use of premium tone woods. The reason is simple: Laminates hold up far better when dealing with climate changes. You might spend one night in a Holiday Inn and the next night camping under the stars somewhere in “big sky” country or deep in a Redwood forest. Laminates also keep the cost down, so that more guitar players can afford to have an instrument close at hand when inspiration strikes. Finally, a specially-formulated, durable varnish is used to seal out moisture and also protect against brutal summer heat. The Big Baby also has a tropical American mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard and comes complete with a padded gig bag.