SMG Review: The Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar

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The Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar makes it possible to bring value and tone to every home

OFF THE RACK

If you’re looking for BIG sound in a slightly smaller package, look no further. The Taylor GS Mini has evolved from the ‘Baby‘ line of Taylor guitars with improved tone, playability, style and quality at an affordable price.

After unpacking the GS Mini from its box, my first impression was that this small box must contain some sort of gimmick. At best this must be some newer version of a travel guitar for beach jams and camp fire songs. Furthermore, this could not be a full sounding gig worthy acoustic guitar inside the box, could it?

Well lets get back to that in a second. As I continued to unpacked the GS Mini I was impressed with the quality gig bag that the guitar arrived in. The case features smooth and sturdy zippers that you can tell were made to handle tons of abuse. The inner padding and case material used to protect the guitar were well thought out and nicely executed.

IT’S IN THE SMALL DETAILS

Finally I had the GS Mini in my hands. The guitar has a clean, cool look to it with the Sitka Spruce top and the ebony fretboard contrasting in a harmonious way. The addition of a tortoise pickguard and a rosette added a nice touch. With a few strums of the plectrum it was go time and I could not be stopped. The tone is warm and bright with nice bass and clear crisp tones when you single them out. Whether you play rhythm or lead, this baby sings!

This guitar is a great value at around $500! The tone and feel is very comparable to my Taylor 314ce (which is nearly three times the price). There is also an optional ES-Go plug-in pickup, which can be installed to the inside front part of the sound hole, and has been preset by the factory to easily install allowing you to crank this baby up for any gig big or small.

THE SPECS

  • Top Wood Sitka Spruce
  • Back/Side Wood Sapele Laminate
  • Body Length 17 5/8″
  • Body Width 14 3/8″
  • Neck Width 1-11/16″
  • Body Depth 4 7/16″
  • Number of Strings 6
  • Fretboard Radius 15″
  • Fretboard Wood Ebony
  • Number of Frets 20
  • Scale length 23-1/2″
  • Pickguard Tortoise
  • Rosette Size Three Ring

THE LOW DOWN

The GS Mini is a very comfortable and well balanced guitar. It is extremely easy and fun to play. The tone has that classic Taylor bite to it that resonates and rings through at a nice audio level for your acoustic needs. If you need to crank it up, grab the ES-Go plug-in pickup which retails for around $100. The GS Mini has a similar look and feel to the more expensive Taylor guitars as well as that consistency in tone Taylor offers, just in a smaller and more affordable package. This is a guitar that any player–both young or old and big or small–would enjoy adding to their arsenal.

Pros: Fun to play, Great tone, Light weight, Easy to transport, Optional Pickup system, Stays in tune, Great action.

Cons: Plain styling, Cutaway not available.

Street Price: $500

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  • Ruben

    When I try to enter the contest, being a subscriber of SMG, it directs me to my profile page. So now I don’t know if I’m in or not? What should I do?

  • Ruben

    correction: I’m in now. Thanks anyway!

  • Leland

    Same problem as Ruben..Help

  • Stephen D.

    Log in and then click on the contest link on the upper right. Ruben, thanks for nothing!

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  • Arje Tanio

    I want this guitar >.< to replace my cheap guitar.

  • jim lynam

    I NEED A QUALITY GUITAR LIKE THIS.

  • TJS

    One of my adult children asked me if I had a guitar they could use to learn and play so they could jam with me. I would like them to learn on a quality guitar like the Taylor GS Mini Acoustic. It is perfect to have in a smaller living space too.

  • Wynand Van Emmerik

    Am I in??? some weirdness going on I hope so!

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