Baby Taylor Review (Taylor BT2)

The Taylor BT2 “Baby Taylor” acoustic guitar

Taylor BT2 (Baby Taylor) Acoustic Guitar

The smooth and mellow tone of the BT2 gives it some appeal as a strumming acoustic, and with construction similar to the LXK2, it’s one of the few Taylor models that we think sounds “darker” than its Martin counterpart. It’s a fantastic 3/4 sized acoustic with relevancy far beyond the beginner stages.

The BT2’s strengths and weaknesses are remarkably similar to the Martin LXK2. Both guitars use laminate construction for top, back, and sides with KOA for the LXK2 and Mahogany for the BT2. In terms of uses and ideal situations, the BT2 is a small-form guitar with no electronics that’s well-suited for beginners wanting a cost-effective option that will also feel and play really nice. It’s a cheaper acoustic guitar that’s not going to be discouraging or uninspiring to play. You get the strength of the Taylor brand without the hefty cost of the larger Taylor guitars and the higher-end series. We use a weighted rating system to grade acoustic guitars, which we’ve filled out here for our Baby Taylor review.

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Tone Quality

The Taylor BT2 projects a mellow, rhythmic tone that breaks the mold of Taylor’s often brighter tone profiles.

Because of the smaller size, the projection will be a bit more isolated and mellow, though that’s not unusual for the 3/4 acoustic body size. We like the tone of the guitar for rhythm and inspiring practice. It doesn’t sound or play like a toy, at all.

Tone Highlights and Descriptors

  • Soft
  • Smooth
  • Chord and rhythm-friendly
  • Warm
  • De-emphasizes right hand movement
In typical Taylor fashion, the BT2 does a lot with a little and gets you an inspiring sound out of a practice guitar, thus making it more than just a “practice” guitar.

It might be concerning to some who want a little more brightness out of their acoustic, but in our experience with the BT2, the mellow tone sounded so good that we didn’t really feel the need to tinker with the response we were getting. Moreover, it sounds like a Taylor and not just a cheap imitation. We love the tone for simple practice and even basic recording, if you’ve got a condenser or acoustic guitar mic for the job. There’s also an acoustic-electric version of the BT2 (more on that later).

Tonewood

The entire BT2 body (top, back, and sides) is made of Mahogany.

Bracing and Construction

Though we’re taking off points for all laminate top, sides, and back, we like the Mahogany and the Taylor bracing, enough to put it in front of the LXK2.

Electronics

The Taylor ES-B preamp system.

The difference between the natural resonance of the 3/4 size body and the plugged in rendition is a little more pronounced than what you’ll get with larger guitars. Plugged in tones sound a little more “electronic

There’s an acoustic-electric version of the BT2, though the ES-B preamp is pretty uninspiring. It’s just the basics.

Value of the BT2

BT2 VS THE LXK2

The BT2 gets you a ton of value when you cross our overall rating with the approximate retail and compare it to other acoustics. Lower and further to the right is better.

Best Fit and Context

Conclusion

Other Taylor ​BT2 Resources

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