Baby Taylor Travel Guitar

Baby-TaylorThe Baby Taylor travel guitar is exactly what it says. This small three quarter dreadnought size acoustic guitar is made for the road. Its light weight and sturdy build make it ultra portable, and it comes with a gig bag instead of a hard case, so it fits easily in airplane carry-on, or the back seat of a car. As is true to the Taylor name this guitar is well built, with back and sides of sapele mahogany laminate, and choice of a solid sitka spruce or mahogany front. The spruce lends itself to a quite, simple eloquence, while the mahogany flaunts a darker, richer beauty. With their satin finish both guitars are nice looking little instruments.
The Baby Taylor, like the full size Taylor guitar is quality made. It has 6 Elixir® light gauge string with NANOWEB® coating, an ebony fret board with inlayed pearloid dots, and an ebony bridge. The neck of the guitar is tropical American mahogany. The tuning machines are enclosed, die-cast and chrome plated, and the sound hole rosette is laser etched. It is easy to see that Taylor used the same fine attention to detail when designing this baby guitar as they do with their full scale models.
This baby guitar has remarkable volume, tone, and versatility for its size. Naturally some of the sound is sacrificed to the smaller dimensions, however; of the baby guitars on the market, the Taylor definitely takes the cake. It can be difficult to get a travel guitar that compares to the sound of a full size, especially in the base end, but the Baby Taylor performs well. The mahogany is especially proficient at producing richer bass tones. This guitar is also versatile; it can be played high strung, with a capo or a slide and in alternate tunings. However, keep in mind that because of its smaller fret size capo use can be limited, and finger picking past the third fret can be more of a challenge for adults.
The Baby Taylor travel guitar is not just for adults, but also makes a wonderful starter guitar for children. Its small size lends itself to smaller hands, and is not as intimidating as a dreadnought. It also holds its value and can be used as a trade in on a larger guitar. It sounds much better than a cheaper $75 guitar, yet is still affordable at $275-$300. So, with this guitar a child can gain true appreciation for finer music, but on an instrument that’s just right for them.
Though the Baby Taylor travel guitar is not considered a specialty instrument for recording or performing, it is completely appropriate for more informal settings. It’s a wonderful instrument to take on those weekend family getaways, or as a child’s first guitar. It holds up well, has a lasting value, and best of all, because it’s a Taylor it comes with great customer service.

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  1. ChrisC

    I practically drool whenever I see pics of that guitar, which is something I’ve never been able to say about the Martin Backpacker. And reviews I’ve read just make me want it even more.

  2. Wandering Musician Post author

    Hi Chris, I know what you mean, its a beautiful guitar but you really can’t compare it to the Martin Backpacker. I mean, the backpacker is a totally different animal meant for traveling. When I say traveling, for me, I think backpacking which is when I often bring my backpacker.

    The Baby Taylor is a 3/4 size guitar, its small but not like the martin backpacker. I couldn’t imagine hiking with it anywhere. I think if we want to compare the Baby Taylor with a guitar then we would have to compare it to the Little Martin.

  3. BuddyGtr

    I don’t know who wrote this review on the Baby Taylor, but all in all it is quite good… except for one point, and I quote: “because of its smaller fret size capo use can be limited, and finger picking past the third fret can be more of a challenge for adults.”

    All I can say about this is that I’ve recently finished a tour of the US using my Baby Taylor as my main (and often only) instrument on stage… for nearly 11 months! That’s a lot of solo finger-style performing…

    I play all over the fretboard with great ease because of the smaller size (and I have big hands/fingers). So This statement doesn’t hold water IMO. Granted everyone’s hands are different though.

    Now, if all you do is play 1st position chords i.e. rhythm playing. Than it won’t matter either way, other than having significantly less tension on the fretting hand. But for lead players, or finger-stylists the Baby Taylor is a super easy guitar to play. Not significantly different from a full sized Taylor, but with a greater reach so you don’t have to stretch as much. Again, this can be debated, but I personally disagree with the above statement. Everything else in the review… 5 stars, right on!

    Hope this helps clarify the use of the Baby Taylor.

    A note about my setup… I set it up to utilize GHS Nylon strings (ball end), and I installed an L.R. Baggs dual-source pickup system to play live, and it works beautifully. It seemingly turns into a whole new guitar when plugged in. I wouldn’t dream of playing regular venues w/o a pickup installed. Not that hard to do, or just pay a local tech to do the job 🙂

  4. Wandering Musician Post author

    thanks for your sound input BuddyGtr, I encourage more people to voice second, third, and even fourth opinions. This is what the review process is all about 🙂

  5. Suzanne

    I bought my Baby Taylor in the spring, and it’s been a great addition to my collection, however I do find that it goes out of tune quite frequently…

  6. Ken

    iCoustic adds a speaker and an amp to the Baby Taylor.
    You get a fuller sound and bass with the system and
    you can plug it in to you amp and plug your iPod into
    it and jam to back tracks. This is great for learning a new song.

  7. Glenn Jones

    I traded a Martin Backpacker in when I bought my Baby Taylor. My idea was to take the BT as cabin luggage on flights interstate. Well the airlines had a different idea. The first time I flew with it, they made me put in the hold. I never took it with me again. I just didn’t want to risk getting it back in splinters, or not getting it back at all! That gig bag with Taylor written all over it is an invitation to a thief (at least a thief who can read).

  8. Chuck

    After reading the glowing review with the words “. . . and best of all, because it’s a Taylor it comes with great customer service”, I felt that I should comment . . .

    I just got off the phone with the rep at Taylor regarding the Baby Taylor I bought several years ago. Long story short the glue on the neck where the headstock is dovetailed on and the glue joining the back both failed. Since I didn’t live anywhere near a Taylor authorized luthier, I called customer service about a year ago and was told that it would be covered under warranty and to take it to an authorized Taylor shop. I waited until I moved to Charlotte and took it to the luthier and he said that they weren’t able to do anything with it (I bought it at the GC in Detroit) and to call Taylor. Well, I called Taylor back and was told that since I’d glued the joint back together myself, the warranty was voided. Considering it has structural failures all over due to bad glue (I’m not guessing – I’m a Quality Assurance professional of over 20 years experience. Let’s say that I’ve seen shortcuts in manufacturing before), I thought it would be a simple matter of returning it and getting it properly repaired or replaced. So, if you buy one, be aware that by “great customer service” they actually mean “you’re stuck with a $300 unplayable guitar”. Oh – they did offer to sell me another neck to replace their defective one. I think I’ll spend the money on a Martin.

  9. EricTam

    Is the size can fit for bring it on the airplane??

  10. Roz

    I just bought a Baby Taylor because I have a few summer trips planned, am just learning how to play the guitar and don’t want to sacrifice my lessons just because I’m traveling. I’m a little nervous now because the MAIN purpose is to be able to travel with it and I am taking a puddle jumper to Key West in a week so I know there is no overhead. Still, I took out insurance on it as well so I’ll let you know how I fare. It sounds good but I’m no expert. I did like the feel of the instrument as compared to a backpacker which has an unusual shape. I play a Martin normally but I really like the BT so far.

  11. aedan

    i have a baby taylor and its great
    it has a really nice sound and mine holds tuning well,
    may be because i changed the strings to light deans
    intonation is great. solid build!

    I took it across fannce in a soft case and busked with it.
    Although i took trains and didnt fly.
    And its so light it didnt kill me by overloading my pack.
    only issue was the large body knocking about.
    it lived with me in a tent and survived with no damage or warping or anything despite beiing knocked about a fair bit.
    theres very little wear considering ive had it 3 years. and i havent been the most careful owner.

    i prefer the neck shape and size to a regular guitar
    and im sure it sounds better aswell
    and to be honest i dont play anything else anymore.
    i like its sound

  12. Kai Mantsch


    I’ve been hauling this guitar all over the US, Europe, China and Taiwan and I’ve never had a problem on the plane. I try to travel with just a tiny 32L backpack and this guitar and they always happily let me aboard with those as my two carry ons. If they question it (I think this happened once on a puddle jumper) I can quickly show them that fits in the overhead and takes up less space that anyone’s carry on luggage.

    Great guitar and I think I’m going on 5 years with it now.


    I love playing with this thing and have performed on small to mid sized stages any number of times. I use both picks and fingerstyle. I do need to get a pickup for it before I can do anything bigger performance-wise, though, and may do that before I head back to China.


    Also: no problem with the smaller scale. My fingers are pretty lean but I thought I’d add my pennies to the discussion.

  13. Lochsa Lad

    I own a Backpacker, Baby Taylor, and a Taylor GS mini. All are good, I replaced the tuners on the Baby with some Waverly’s with Ebony nobbs, to purty it up and it does stay in tune better. Anyone thinking to buy a Baby should save up a few hundred more and buy the GS mini, for under 500 bucks the “Mini” is the best small guitar available today.

  14. FA

    J’ai une Baby depuis 1999. je voyage toujours avec elle !
    A part un soucis avec le verni…c’est bien sure dommage, pas beau à voir… mais pas inquiétant…je ne m’en séparerai jamais !

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