Colleen Kinsey

Colleen Kinsey

Colleen has a passion for guitars and ukuleles. She enjoys jamming, teaching, and getting others involved in music. Her website, Coustii, focuses specifically on guitars and ukes. Colleen loves to travel and uses her ukulele as a conversation starter on the road.

Website URL: http://www.coustii.com

Taylor Big Baby Review

What is it: The Taylor Big Baby guitar is a portable acoustic-electric guitar that packs a punch. It's just shy of a full sized guitar, which makes it lightweight, small, and easy to transport. I recommended this guitar to my friend when he was looking to upgrade from his beginner guitar. His requirements were that the instrument needed to double as a solid traveling guitar, still have the volume of a normal sized guitar, and be made with high quality products.

Who is it for: I typically only recommend acoustic-electric guitars to intermediate to advanced guitarists. As a beginner, you want to learn the sounds and tones of your guitar acoustically, before upgrading to an electric version. Plus, acoustic-electric guitars are usually a bit more expensive than a traditional acoustic guitar. As a beginner, you may not want to invest a lot of money.

If you're an intermediate to advanced guitarist, the Taylor Big Baby has an awesome acoustic-electric feature. You still get a solid sound when you play the guitar acoustically, but when you plug it's as if the guitar sings. The Taylor Big Baby has the ​new Expression System Baby pickup the under-saddle pickup and the preamp chromatic tuner built in. Taylor guitars are known for their high quality standards, which is why this guitar is such a good steal at around 7000 RAND.

Pro: The Sitka spruce top of the Big Baby gives you a sweet, smooth sounding tones. Spruce is one of the most popular tonewoods on a guitar, because it allows for great volume projection. The back and sides are layered which allows more susceptibility to changes in temperature and humidity, which is great for traveling. This creates more durability, so you can fly stress free.

Con: Right out of the box this guitar did require a bit of help with setup, and string height, but this is not uncommon with guitars in this price range. By adjusting the action of the strings of this guitar, you will easily be able to play delicate fingerstyle, or flat picking passages.

Here are the specifications of the Taylor Big Baby:

Body Width: 15"

Body Depth: 4"

Body Length: 19-1/2"

Overall Length: 40-1/4"


If you're looking for a guitar to grow with you, travel with you, and keep playing through all of life's bumps and bruises, the Taylor Big Baby is your axe. You get the high quality standard of Taylor made guitars, a great sounding guitar whether you're in your singing around a campfire, or performing at a sold-out gig, and the acoustic-electric feature will support your specific style of playing.


Sources & Further Reading

5 Mandatory Steps to Master Your Guitar

Finding the Perfect Guitar for You

Easy to Learn Campfire Songs


Colleen has a passion for guitars and ukuleles. She enjoys jamming, teaching, and getting others involved in music. Her website, Coustii, focuses specifically on guitars and ukes. Colleen loves to travel and uses her ukulele as a conversation starter on the road.


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Behringer AT108 Ultrasonic Amp Review

What is it: The Behringer Ultra AT108 Ultrasonic is a compact, 2 channel, a 15W amplifier designed for acoustic instruments. This amp features 20W dual-cone 8” speaker. It includes a, wide frequency response, independent volume control, and a CD input, which is great if you want to play along to your favourite albums. The headphone output is an added bonus, incase you don’t want to anger your neighbours while you practice.

Who is it for; The AT108 is great for musicians learning the guitar and ukulele. The amp is ideal for small to medium-sized venues and those looking to add a little extra “umph” to their practice. The knobs are self-explanatory and easy to manage. Whether you’re beginning to master easy ukulele chords, or learning to play Through Fire and Flames, by DragonForce, this amp suits all genres and abilities.

Pros: This Behringer amp creates a rich and full tone with their Virtual Tube Circuitry (VTC) technology. It comes at a smaller and more compact size, without the higher price tag of a larger amp. Behringer continues to make reliable products, making the size and quality great for travelling to gigs.

Cons: The AT108 is lacking volume control for the line input, which would be nice to have, but not essential. Also, the volume won’t be loud enough for large venues.

In this video from Ukulele Place, you can easily hear the difference when Jack plays the ukulele acoustically and when he plugs it into the AT108 amp. The amp gives the uke a louder and fuller sound. This is ideal for the ukulele because the small size doesn’t allow for the same amount of projection as playing a full-bodied guitar.

Sources & Further Reading

Guest Post Author: Colleen

Colleen has a passion for guitars and ukuleles. She enjoys jamming, teaching, and getting others involved in music. Her website, Coustii, focuses specifically on guitars and ukes.


 

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