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Developed exclusively for the Taylor Mini and based on Taylor's Expression System technology, the ES-Go is a magnetic, stacked-humbucking soundhole p...Read More

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Designed for the Mini, this add-on pickup
is a snap to install.

Developed exclusively for the Taylor Mini and based on Taylor's Expression System technology, the ES-Go is a magnetic, stacked-humbucking soundhole pickup that anyone can easily add to their Mini without the help of a guitar technician. All you need is a screwdriver and a few minutes. Once the ES-Go pickup is in place, the GS Mini can be plugged into an acoustic amp, PA system or recording device for a great amplified acoustic sound.


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TaylorES-Go Pick Up
 
2.7

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Some pre-installation Tips

I ordered my ES-Go on Sunday and received it by UPS the following Thursday, thank you MF. I had a couple of days to think about the installation and how to keep it...Read complete review

I ordered my ES-Go on Sunday and received it by UPS the following Thursday, thank you MF. I had a couple of days to think about the installation and how to keep it simple. After seeing the reviews about the humming problems I took a couple of precautions: BEFORE installing the pickup into the guitar I first plugged it into my amp to check for any humming or static. I turned up the volume and tapped the pickup a few times then held it close to the strings and strummed, everything checked out ok at this point. I had seen some YouTube instructions which showed either loosening the strings or removing them altogether for access through the sound hole but I compromised by first loosening the strings then removing them only at the bridge and not at the tuners, this way I could just move them aside (a capo at the first fret will keep the loose strings in place.) Normally this would be a good time to change your strings but mine were fairly new. The pickup can be adjusted to bring it up closer to the strings but I found the factory setting to be ok. I then carefully pushed the pickup clip into the mounting bracket, be cautious not to force it into the gap between the bracket and the underside of the wood which it is mounted to just beneath he neck. Yes, the pickup does clip in easily but it could be a bit tricky to "un-clip" if you if you should need to remove it for any reason. Finally I pushed the string ends back into the bridge, popped in the pins and I was good-to-go. (I did put a touch of wood glue in each of the 3 screwholes before attaching the endpin but that's just me and may be overkill) I gave this 5 stars because I had no problems with the pickup functioning properly and for my performing needs-family & friends, it works just fine. Thank you Taylor. Hope that helps!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not worth it.

I bought the GS-Mini along with the ES-Go a week ago. I was prepared for some hum and buzz in the pickup (which I knew I could fix with a grounding kit) but...Read complete review

I bought the GS-Mini along with the ES-Go a week ago. I was prepared for some hum and buzz in the pickup (which I knew I could fix with a grounding kit) but I was not prepared for the poor sound. There's a sharp drop off at 4k which makes the guitar sound like a cheap electric.

I compared it to my son's much cheaper guitar which came with a built in pickup and it blew the ES-Go out of the water. Check the images below to see a comparison done with no EQ or effects.

I love my GS Mini guitar but would not recommend the ES-Go pickup to anyone.

Reviewed by 11 customers

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4.0

i was very pleased with this pick-up.

By tony

from Venice Beach Calif

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Taylor ES-Go Pick Up:

    I'm sure most of the reviews by people experiencing humming are ground related..I have a new planet wave guitar cord, new amp, and no hum what so ever.....Love it !!

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    4.0

    well worth the cost

    By tony

    from Venice Beach Calif

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Taylor ES-Go Pick Up:

      Although i was initially put off by reports of humming, i didn't have that experience..I purchased the pick-up along with a new Planet Waves guitar cord and it sounds great..

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      5.0

      Taylor made

      By Tommy z

      from Jersey shore

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Taylor ES-Go Pick Up:

        I got a v cable as well to Controll volume played through my legend 70's tube lead 50 amp awesome

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        5.0

        ES-Go gives clear, true sound - easy to install, too!

        By Cricket Strummer

        from Southwest New Mexico

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality
        • Hum-free!

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Taylor ES-Go Pick Up:

            The ES-Go has greatly enhanced my pleasure in playing the GS-Mini I bought four years before I overcame my hesitation to add the ES-Go, due to reviews from disappointed purchasers. After watching the Taylor video, I found that installation was as easy as the advertising promised. This was my first venture into amplified music, so I bought a simple, inexpensive amp - the Acoustic G20. I hear no buzz or hum from the pick-up, and the sound is clear and satisfying. This has taken me into a new dimension of musical experience with the GS-mini.

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            1.0

            Not worth the money

            By Mr. Sunday Strummer

            from Austin, TX

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Taylor ES-Go Pick Up:

                This thing buzzes worse than a single coil next to a neon light. I got the string ground from Taylor and it helped a little but still had more buzz than my Telecaster. Don't waste your money. A company named JJB Electronics makes a pickup for the GS Mini that actually works. Go check them out. I got this pickup free with my GSMini and I still feel like a payed too much.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                A little disappointing

                By Gester

                from Clearwater, Fl

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                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup

                    Comments about Taylor ES-Go Pick Up:

                    The install went well, took like 12 mins. Now the not-so-good; A bit of a hum, and there is a lack of bass with this pick-up. I have a Fishman SSA 220, and I feel like I have to crank it up, which also raises the hum. I got the pick-up free W/ the GS Mini so that was a plus, and I didn't really need it. I guess I just expected better from Taylor.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Some pre-installation Tips

                    By Gary

                    from Palm Springs, Ca

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                    Pros

                    • Easy to install
                    • Good Quality
                    • Visually Unobtrusive

                    Cons

                    • No Problems For Me

                    Best Uses

                    • Family And Friends
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Taylor ES-Go Pick Up:

                    I ordered my ES-Go on Sunday and received it by UPS the following Thursday, thank you MF. I had a couple of days to think about the installation and how to keep it simple. After seeing the reviews about the humming problems I took a couple of precautions: BEFORE installing the pickup into the guitar I first plugged it into my amp to check for any humming or static. I turned up the volume and tapped the pickup a few times then held it close to the strings and strummed, everything checked out ok at this point. I had seen some YouTube instructions which showed either loosening the strings or removing them altogether for access through the sound hole but I compromised by first loosening the strings then removing them only at the bridge and not at the tuners, this way I could just move them aside (a capo at the first fret will keep the loose strings in place.) Normally this would be a good time to change your strings but mine were fairly new. The pickup can be adjusted to bring it up closer to the strings but I found the factory setting to be ok. I then carefully pushed the pickup clip into the mounting bracket, be cautious not to force it into the gap between the bracket and the underside of the wood which it is mounted to just beneath he neck. Yes, the pickup does clip in easily but it could be a bit tricky to "un-clip" if you if you should need to remove it for any reason. Finally I pushed the string ends back into the bridge, popped in the pins and I was good-to-go. (I did put a touch of wood glue in each of the 3 screwholes before attaching the endpin but that's just me and may be overkill) I gave this 5 stars because I had no problems with the pickup functioning properly and for my performing needs-family & friends, it works just fine. Thank you Taylor. Hope that helps!

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                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Humming and Buzzing!

                    By Meathooks

                    from Rockford Il

                    About Me Experienced

                    Comments about Taylor ES-Go Pick Up:

                    I cant believe the noise this thing makes. I tried different outlets and other locations. I called Taylor and they wanted to charge me 27 bones plus shipping to send me the ground kit. I read that people were getting it for free. Good bye Taylor. Forever.

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                    (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Not worth it.

                    By JK

                    from Toronto

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy to install

                    Cons

                    • Excessive Hum
                    • Poor Sound

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Taylor ES-Go Pick Up:

                      I bought the GS-Mini along with the ES-Go a week ago. I was prepared for some hum and buzz in the pickup (which I knew I could fix with a grounding kit) but I was not prepared for the poor sound. There's a sharp drop off at 4k which makes the guitar sound like a cheap electric.

                      I compared it to my son's much cheaper guitar which came with a built in pickup and it blew the ES-Go out of the water. Check the images below to see a comparison done with no EQ or effects.

                      I love my GS Mini guitar but would not recommend the ES-Go pickup to anyone.

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                      (18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Didn't expect this from Taylor.

                      By dockhound

                      from California

                      Comments about Taylor ES-Go Pick Up:

                      In all fairness, if you want a pickup to bang around with a garage band, this will probably work just fine for you, especially if you use a pre-amp or a pedal with a gain control. It is certainly easy to install. You should get a string grounding setup from Taylor before you install the pickup, so you can do the entire installation at one time. If you are looking for a recording pickup, or play in quiet venues, this won't do it!
                      Easy installation, if that what is important. This is a passive single-coil pickup. It is very susceptible to noise and has very little output gain, which make the overall signal-to-noise ratio very poor. Taylor makes an add-on string grounding system which eliminates most of the 60Hz hum that the pickup has in all except the most prestine environments, but the amp gain has to be turned up so high that there is still a bunch of noise produced.
                      The pickup and attached connector seem to be made and assembled well. Noting the comments in the Features rating, I would have expected Taylor to come up with a much better product for their exceptional guitar!
                      As noted above.

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