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  • From Taylor's 2016 Baby Taylor series
  • Made in Mexico
  • 6 strings
  • 22.75"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
  • Layered Koa back
  • Layered Koa sides
  • Maple neck
  • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: ES-B Electronics (Preamp/Active)
  • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Die-Cast Chrome tuners
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  • From Taylor's 2016 Baby Taylor series
  • Made in Mexico
  • 6 strings
  • 22.75"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Hawaiian Koa top
  • Layered Koa back
  • Layered Koa sides
  • Maple neck
  • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: ES-B Electronics (Preamp/Active)
  • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Die-Cast Chrome tuners
  • Compare Specs >

Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 83
Sound 83
Build quality 72
Value for money 84
Overall Score 79
Tone Evaluation
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Taylor BTe-Koa
  • Expensive Wood
  • NuBone Nut
  • Electronics
  • Synthetic Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Mexico
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • Laminated Back Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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Price: is the Taylor BTe-Koa a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $750, which means that the Taylor BTe-Koa is around 7% cheaper than the competition. This takes into account all guitars of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in Mexico.

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Not all guitars are created equal, and there are many important things they won't tell you about the guitar you're buying. That's why it's important to have different opinions. Here's what our visitors who have played this guitar say. If you've played it before, help others by voting for your experience below.

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Is The Taylor BTe-Koa Easy to Play?

The Taylor BTe-Koa meets 6 out of our 9 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

Taylor BTe-Koa
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Soft Strings

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Taylor BTe-Koa's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Taylor BTe-Koa's 22.75" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Taylor BTe-Koa Scale Length Comparison
Taylor BTe-Koa's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is a slightly shorter scale than the more common short scale of 24.75". It's a good choice for beginners that want to get an easier-to-play guitar without it being much different than a normal scale guitar.

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Neck Profile

Taylor BTe-Koa Neck Profile
Taylor BTe-Koa's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Taylor BTe-Koa has a 15" fingerboard radius. Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Taylor BTe-Koa Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Taylor BTe-Koa's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This makes it more similar to Gibson guitars (12'') than Fender (9.5''). It's slightly flatter than most modern Gibson fretboards though, which makes it more comfortable for single notes, bendings and vibratos, but less comfortable for chords.. If you like the playability of a Gibson, which can be described as ''balanced for chords and solos'', and don't care about having slightly less curve for more comfortable solos, you'll like this radius.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Taylor BTe-Koa has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

Taylor BTe-Koa
This model
22.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
15'' Fretboard Radius
24'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.75'' Nut Width
16'' Fretboard Radius
24'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.75'' Nut Width
16'' Fretboard Radius
22.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
15'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
15'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Taylor BTe-Koa Nut Width
Taylor BTe-Koa Nut Width

The Taylor BTe-Koa has a nut width of 42.9mm (1.688''). This size is also known as 1 11/16'' and it's the most common size. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

Frets

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Taylor BTe-Koa Fret Size Comparison
Taylor BTe-Koa's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Taylor BTe-Koa's frets are Medium size. With medium frets, you can feel the fretboard more than with jumbo frets, but it's still easier to press the strings cleanly than with small frets; notes might change their pitch just slightly if you press hard on the fret. Also, if you need to do some fret leveling after years of playing, you'll have some room to sand them down without having to replace them.

Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 95
Chord Playability 75
Solo Playability 80
Playability 83

Does the Taylor BTe-Koa Sound Good? Tone Analysis

The type of wood and even the shape of the body will have a lot of influence in the final tone of an acoustic guitar. Here's we'll talk about what kind of tone you can expect from its specs.

Wood Used in the Taylor BTe-Koa

Koa wood pattern used for guitar building
Koa Top, Back, Sides
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck
Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony Fretboard

Koa Top, Back and Sides: It's a type of wood native to the Hawaiian Islands, where it's pretty common. Its musical properties make it a great wood for making guitars, but it's especially popular for building Ukuleles.

Maple Neck: This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

Ebony Fretboard: This is one of the most expensive woods there is, which is why it's mostly used for fretboards. It is dense, heavy, highly resistant and comes in a really dark color that gives any guitar a classy touch. Tone wise, it helps the high side of the spectrum and provides good sustain.

Pickups

This guitar comes with preamp pickups that will allow you to connect it directly to an amplifier and record with it, or use it live.

Sound Score

Sustain 80
Versatility 80
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 83

How well is the Taylor BTe-Koa Built?

Where is the Taylor BTe-Koa Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Taylor BTe-Koa is made in Mexico. This is the country that some American brands choose for building really good, but cheaper guitars. You can expect a guitar that offers a good price-quality relationship, although they don't get the same quality control as the ones built in Japan or the United States.

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Bridge

West African Crelicam Ebony: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Taylor BTe-Koa has a NuBone nut. It's a synthetic nut from the same creators of Ivory TUSQ. It's a hard and self-lubricating material that helps a lot with tuning stability. It produces a brighter tone similar to TUSQ, but it's not as hard.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 71
Features 75
Quality Control 70
Build Quality 72

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Taylor BTe-Koa Specs

General
Brand: Taylor
Year: 2016
Configuration:
Strings: 6
Made in: Mexico
Series: Baby Taylor
Colors: Natural
Left-Handed Version: Yes
Body
Type: Hollowbody
Body Material: Solid Hawaiian Koa
Bridge: West African Crelicam Ebony
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Die-Cast Chrome
Fretboard: West African Crelicam Ebony
Neck Material: Maple
Decoration: 4mm Dot Italian Acrylic
Scale Size: 22.75"
Shape: Acoustic Taylor Standard
Frets: 19 Medium
Fretboard Radius: 15"
Nut: NuBone
Nut Width: 42.9mm (1.688'')
Electronics
Switch: Way
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Volume Controls:
Tone Controls:
Bridge Pickup: ES-B Electronics (Preamp / Active)

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