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Taylor GS Mini
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« Mini-size, maxi-value! »

Publié le 02/28/12 à 13:02
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.
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