Side-by-side comparison

We take a look at two popular items, the Yamaha FS850 and the Taylor BBT Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar. The Music Critic reviews can help point you towards models and brands that suit your needs. This article is part of a series called 10 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500 in 2021

The first product we will be looking at is the Yamaha FS850.

The challenger is the Taylor BBT Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar.


Yamaha FS850

Taylor BBT Big Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar


+ The kit included with the Yamaha FS850 has everything you need to save money and get to strumming your new guitar.
+ Solid mahogany wraps this acoustic guitar to produce the best possible sound output.
+ The small body of this guitar is perfect for musicians of all sizes.

+ 15/16 size of a dreadnought guitar, so it’s slightly smaller but produces similar output
+ Spruce on the back and sides protect the guitar with durability while creating excellent tones
+ Just a little bit bigger than the Baby Taylor, which is excellent if you’re a little more stationary


We liked the Yamaha FS850 because it’s a small body with a large punch. There’s nothing small about the volume or the tones that this acoustic guitar produces!

We love the upscaled size of the BBT from the Baby Taylor. It’s still portable but it doesn’t reduce any of the sound output of a normal dreadnought guitar.

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