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Taylor GS Mini

GS Mini, Other Steel String Guitar from Taylor in the GS Mini series.

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 9 reviews )
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SonicPulverizer08/28/2012

SonicPulverizer's review"Incredible player's acoustic"

Taylor GS Mini
The Taylor Gs Mini incorporates a beautiful sitka spruce top and sapele laminate back and sides. A 23 1/2" scale length allows for an enjoyable elasticity in playing feel. No onboard electronics are present but you do have the option of purchasing the Es-Go pickup system from Taylor. Designed specifically for the Mini, the Es-Go system sports a fairly simple installation procedure and is an excellent companion if you plan to play this guitar in a live setting. The guitar is factory equipped with Elixir nanoweb strings which sound wonderful and pair well with the naturally bright voicing of the Mini. The included gigbag was, to my pleasant surprise, well constructed and durable.

UTILIZATION

The small size of the guitar allows for a very intimate feel. The frets felt very nice for an acoustic in this price range. I found the Mini's tuning stability to be nothing short of extraordinary. Even going frequently between Standard, Eb, DADGAD, Open C, and a variety of other tunings-- the guitar rarely fell out of tune. This behavior stayed consistent over the 8 months that I owned it.

SOUNDS

The guitar is inherently bright but very pleasant to the ear. Chords and arpeggiations ring out with crystal articulation. Fingerpicking passages that were indistinct and lowend-heavy on other guitars were brilliant and perfectly intelligible. Easily the best sounding Taylor guitar below the likes of the 600 series. I found the laminate back and sides to actually provide a superior tone to the hardwood models compared against it, offering greater (yet intelligible) low end and volume. This guitar can project loudly in a room despite it's small shape.

OVERALL OPINION

I had ample funds to purchase just about any acoustic on the market. I compared many high end acoustic guitars from names such as Taylor, Guild, Gibson, and Martin. The Taylor Gs Mini was one of the strongest contenders and the only guitar in a price point below $1800 in the roundup. The finish and playability of the Mini is unchallenged, outclassing many guitars in higher price points. With that said, I am a fan of bright sounding guitars. If you enjoy a darker, earthier tone-- you might seek out the mahogany counterpart to the Gs Mini that Taylor offers. The lack of an onboard preamp is my one complaint. While the external pickup offered is affordable and easy to install, it is an inconvenience.
heads on fire02/28/2012

heads on fire's review"Mini-size, maxi-value!"

Taylor GS Mini
Model: GS Mini
Shape: Grand Symphony
Back/Sides: Sapele Laminate
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Cutaway: None
Headstock Overlay: Lexan
Finish: Satin
Rosette: 3-ring
Neck: Sapele
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Purfling: Black/White/Black
Fretboard: Ebony
Inlays: 5mm dots
No of Frets: 20
Overall Length: 36-5/8"
Scale Length: 23-1/2"
Body Length: 17-5/8"
Body Width: 14-3/8"
Body Depth: 4-7/16"
Nut/Saddle: Tusq
Tuners: Chrome
Bridge: Ebony
Bridge Pins: Plastic
Pickguard: Tortoise (GS Mini shape)
Electronics: None
Strings: Elixir Medium Gauge Strings with NANOWEB Coating
Case: GS Mini Hardbag

UTILIZATION

The GS Mini is a nice little axe. It seems to be designed either as a terrific quality first instrument for budding young guitarists, or as a travel/camping guitar, or just as a guitar for smaller people in general. It certainly boasts the craftsmanship that the Taylor name should indicate, with excellent fit and finish, as well as fretwork. The string action was nice, and the shorter scale gave my big hands some great stretch chords that I usually can't play on standard-sized guitars. This guitar plays very well, and looks great doing it.

SOUNDS

This really is a good-sounding little guitar. I'd have given it an 8 if it was a touch louder, but the tone is fantastic. I look for volume capability in my acoustic guitars, as I want them to be able to keep up with other acoustic instruments should the occasion arise. This guitar may be a bit on the quiet side, so I'm not confident it could cut through in a multi-instrument setting. But this is what microphones and pickups are for, right? In a more intimate setting, this would be perfect.

OVERALL OPINION

This is a quality instrument from Taylor, and it hits the spot with the wallet as well; it's a great value in a sub-$500 guitar. Fingerstylists will enjoy the crystal clarity and rich mids coming from it, and the fact that it is a lot more portable than a standard guitar is an attractive feature. I'd recommend anyone to take a look at this guitar.
nickname00902/10/2012

nickname009's review

Taylor GS Mini
Model: GS Mini
Shape: Grand Symphony
Back/Sides: Sapele Laminate
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Cutaway: None
Headstock Overlay: Lexan
Finish: Satin
Rosette: 3-ring
Neck: Sapele
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Purfling: Black/White/Black
Fretboard: Ebony
Inlays: 5mm dots
No of Frets: 20
Overall Length: 36-5/8"
Scale Length: 23-1/2"
Body Length: 17-5/8"
Body Width: 14-3/8"
Body Depth: 4-7/16"
Nut/Saddle: Tusq
Tuners: Chrome
Bridge: Ebony
Bridge Pins: Plastic
Pickguard: Tortoise (GS Mini shape)
Electronics: None
Strings: Elixir Medium Gauge Strings with NANOWEB Coating
Case: GS Mini Hardbag

This is a GS mini. It's a bit difficult to classify because it's small enough to be a travel guitar yet maybe big enough to sound like a good 000 esque fingerpicking guitar too. Made in Mexico I believe but you wouldn't even know if you played it.

UTILIZATION

There's no cutaway considering the size of this thing but it's not really meant for something like that anyway. It's a small body, quite comfortable, and yet thick so the tone is still quite good.

The ES-GO pickup is quite convenient. Taylor made pickup that takes 5 minutes to put in and screw in and you're done. Very cool.

SOUNDS

For the size, it's quite thick! Most guitars approximately the same size usually sound thin and do not project. These GS minis are very suprisingly good, there's a lot of depth to the sound and it can project quite well. Of course it's nothing compared to a full size dreadnought guitar but for it's class of guitars it's quite good. I would basically consider this to be one of the best sounding travel guitars out there.

It's thick and deep and projects.

OVERALL OPINION

A very unique guitar. Great for travelling with good quality sound. Or if you're one of those players whose got tons of different acoustics and wants to try something different and a little bit unique this may be it for you. I'd say it's good as a guitar to leave out and fiddle with on the couch sorta deal. For the price, including a custom gig bag and taylor made acoustic pickup? Pretty sweet deal I'd say!
Romain d'internet11/28/2012

Romain d'internet's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good guitar"

Taylor GS Mini
Made in Mexico.
You can ask a microphone in the box, support is designed for.
Small.

UTILIZATION

All of this guitar is very nice, the size, the handle, I have nothing to say about the ease of use and overall design of the instrument.

SOUNDS

It is suitable for many styles of music, pop, rock, blues, and more if you adapt your game
She plans a lot, despite its small size, much more than other models of the same size.

This can not be said not compare to a guitar with a body far more imposing, so that the sound can sometimes sound a bit muffled. Finally this is really picky.

OVERALL OPINION

I used a few months because I did not have an acoustic guitar. Now making electronic music more than I did and I exchanged.
I would do this choice if I try again an acoustic guitar.
Claudeze04/27/2012

Claudeze's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Taylor GS Mahogany mini"

Taylor GS Mini
Everything has been said about the features, my version is the model mahogany.
I note a peculiarity in the violin: the complete absence of dams in the background, very curved (rolled so strong, and given the small size it was obviously technically possible). Another point, there were savings on the sealer, so the satin varnish (especially the neck) is "porous" and therefore not a slip copy (it should be smoothed over time).
Most important, the pitch is reduced, it also reduces string tension, this is why the original drawing is medium (bronze strings elixir). Especially not to go on a shooting less, the guitar loses volume and precision (and increasingly, the truss rod should be reviewed).

UTILIZATION

Shape of the handle nice, light guitar but unbalanced (the handle is heavy).
Very good ergonomics, very enjoyable to play (as in the template, it is a 3/4, it is not far from the standard size, so it's not a toy).
The sounds are THE highlight: volume, balance, bass ... you do not get tired!
Version of mahogany, I find baffling projection for the size and type of wood (I assume version spruce ...) although this version is more suitable for finger picking.
The spectrum is very balanced, with superb mids.

SOUNDS

This guitar is untyped, it is suitable for all playing styles and music. Even an energetic strumming does not scare him, but she found the finger really fit, by the beautiful balance of all frequencies.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it constantly since I bought, and I own many guitars (martin, yamaha, takamine). She became my favorite guitar in front of six or seven times more expensive ...
The semi rigid cover is beautifully crafted.
on the other hand, the microphone is optional in my opinion an argument purely commercial, highlighting the ease of assembly but: its not terrible, took quite high and huge feedback (it's a single coil pickup, you must love this kind of stuff on an acoustic). I have my own sound system with a micro under the saddle. She would win again with a double (and nut case) because the sound here is higher than the acoustic amplified sound, which is not always the case!
I think the mahogany version of "correct" version that has not spruce (low balance) because of the template. I'll test version spruce and why not buy more of it! (Theoretically superior for projection)
Great guitar, especially for the price.
boxelion01/16/2012

boxelion's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" taylor gs guitar mini I love it"

Taylor GS Mini
Made in Mexico controlled by Taylor and it shows, excellent violin, beautiful finish at this price no complaints.
I had the opportunity to play on guitar brands with top finishes were not against it.

UTILIZATION

The handle is very comfortable pleasant, easy access to acute
excellent, the optimum size for holding.

SOUNDS

This guitar is very versatile, good balance is suitable for all styles
excellent in picking, powerful sound with a pick, this certainly
table massive Sitka.

OVERALL OPINION

I just bought it to replace my baby taylor "mahogany" (a real
American made in California in 2003).
I try the mini gs in New York when it was released I was amazed.
I own several guitars including a Martin D28, 1990, an Epiphone PR745 in 1979, and this guitar has the qualities I expected and
no major defects given the price.
I recommend this guitar.
crayoon11/17/2011

crayoon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" disappointment"

Taylor GS Mini
Dj said above

USE

Super handle everything perfect size width adapted in any case to my Gabarie

SONORITS

The Malse .... I have a Martin LX1E that puts the bar very high acoustic and electro but this model GS MINI is not up to what we expect of the limit for a Taylor guitar study for comfort but not sonority not nothing in dgage me I will try with microphone

NOTICE GLOBAL

Would be acceptable to half of its price and the included microphone must stop the buisiness li a brand that for the cost Rubbish
Baraka!05/31/2011

Baraka!'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" perplexed!"

Taylor GS Mini
Made in mexico
small format

UTILIZATION

strong points:
stick! super easy, you do not tire, crossed the pass all alone on top.
format is ultra pleasant, neither too little nor bulky like a dread ...
the volume is astonishing for such a small guitar, it has a sacred chest!

SOUNDS

then it becomes problematic: the sound is "dull" ... no balance, bass erase everything else and occupy all the space ....
good, I bought this guitar last week Toulouse.Elle is new, it will perhaps open. But when?
I'll try with another set of strings, we'll see.

OVERALL OPINION

Very mixed review ...
Format, the handle, the volume, easy ... it's great!
The sound ... is not that at all! Until last week I had my cort earth 200, which is great but the neck is tiring ...
So I thought I had found THE guitar for me ... If the new set of strings that I'm going up does not (say does not improve) the case, it will be clear: resale, sick at heart.
If you have a suggestion of small size around 500 € with a good sound and a good run: please get me the info.
larsenblues04/03/2011

larsenblues's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Taylor GS mini (O Yeah!)"

Taylor GS Mini
TAYLOR GIG BAG IN MINI GS
- Made in Mexico
- Health reduced Grand Symphony (pitch 23.5 inches)
- Table massive Sitka Spruce
- Back & Sides Sapele
- Inlays Pearloid
- Rose 3 nets
- Can easily be transformed into electro-acoustic kit thanks to micro-ES GO
- Comes with cover.

Not yet tested in electro acoustics, the microphone I'm still waiting .. m: (

UTILIZATION

The neck is thin and very pleasant, easily playable for an adult.
It is like a goddess gaulée, petty cash domed The sound is equal to what I heard already on the net ..

it's very light as a guitar, you do not feel it almost on the back (the cover sold with Taylor is of good quality, nice, rigid foam ..)


SOUNDS

It is suitable for any style of acoustic music ..
on the other hand is a bit between the Bronx and taylor french dealers who have difficulty in getting the microphones ES GO ... (More)


OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 weeks and I am fully satisfied ... I love it even I would say ..
I had a lot of acoustic guitars in my life, I confess that I prefer this one ..
I like everything, the sound amazing, ergonomics, small size, light weight ... (You can take it anywhere .. this is serious ..)

(I was a little scared because on the internet videos that show this guitar, the sound is very compressed and very medium rather limited ..... I would say in real life, the guitar is certainly the medium, but not exaggerated and the bass is a marvel ..).

I regret not being able to try electro acoustic ... hopefully soon, if they move from Taylor to ship these pickups #@@@### (I hope they are at the height of the guitar).

This is basically
I would do without hesitation that choice .. . and as said the delighted English a youtube video on the mini gs with an accent of southern England hyper: I love my mini Taylor (I luv 'my mini Taylo') (or something like that ..)