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Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar Natural 

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Overview

  • Type/shape: 6-string miniature GS
  • Back/sides: sapele laminate
  • Top: solid Sitka spruce
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    $678.00
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Designed to be the ultimate musical companion, wherever you go — or stay.

From the couch to the campfire to the concert hall, the GS Mini Acoustic Guitar promises big fun for everyone. Inspired by the big, bold sound of Taylor's award-winning GS body shape, the GS Mini scales things down without skimping on sound, packing a lot of tone into a comfortable, portable size and giving you a guitar that's incredibly fun to play. With Taylor's patented straight and stable NT neck, you'll always enjoy signature Taylor intonation and playability. So, wherever you end up, whether you're on tour or on the porch, the GS Mini is always ready to play.

The GS Mini truly sounds like a full-size guitar, and it's not just the volume you'll notice when you strum your 1st chord, but also the depth and richness of tone. The Mini acoustic has a deeper body, a bigger top, and a longer scale than a Baby Taylor. The tone is also enhanced by a full-sized 4"-diameter soundhole and a braceless arched back. The Mini also has the look of a "real" guitar with an inlaid rosette, pickguard, and inlaid purfling lines in the top. Its ultra-portable size makes it a great travel guitar. You can even put it in the overhead compartment of a plane. The Mini also makes an inspiring student guitar for smaller-sized musicians. Includes gig bag.

Features

  • Type/shape: 6-string miniature GS
  • Back/sides: sapele laminate
  • Top: solid Sitka spruce
  • Headstock: overlay Lexan
  • Finish: satin
  • Rosette: 3-ring
  • Neck: sapele
  • Neck joint: NT design
  • Purfling: black/white/black
  • Fretboard: ebony
  • Inlays: 5mm pearloid dots
  • Nut/saddle: Nubone
  • Tuners: chrome
  • Bridge: ebony
  • Bridge: pins plastic
  • Pickguard: tortoise (GS mini shape)
  • Strings: Elixir medium gauge strings with Nanoweb coating
  • Includes gig bag

Order a small-sized guitar with a full-size sound.

 

GS Mini Acoustic Guitar Specifications:

  • Scale Length 23-1/2"
  • No. Of frets: 20
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Body Length: 17-5/8"
  • Body Width: 14-3/8"
  • Body Depth: 4-7/16"
  • Overall Length: 36-5/8"
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TaylorGS Mini Acoustic Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

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    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel guitar (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This is a special small guitar.

    I compared this guitar with other small guitars including Taylor's own. Even with my tin ear, I could hear that it was far far louder and had a much more satisfying sound. It...Read complete review

    I compared this guitar with other small guitars including Taylor's own. Even with my tin ear, I could hear that it was far far louder and had a much more satisfying sound. It was as loud as my full-sized dreadnought. It stays in tune. It's got very very easy action getting close to the ease and joy an electric offers (important to me because I play swing guitar with a chord-a-beat style that can be tiring). What is also great about this guitar is you get more practice with it. Why? Who wants to pick up a great big dreadnought or jumbo? The little guitar is something you'll grab all the time and get practice. It's inviting. Plus, you can gig with it just as well as any other guitar. PS: the pickup made for this guitar is just fine. People say it hums and isn't the best. It's fine! What do you want -- egg in your beer? I'm very pleased with this little powerhouse and it's my main gigging guitbox now. My only regret is that the mahogany version came out after I bought mine. I love darker guitars. But that's hardly a criticism. I'll just get the mahogany one and I'll have a back-up in case I step on one of them. Right now I'm using a big old high end dreadnought that was quite pricy as the back-up and I leave it in my truck when I have a gig. ENJOY, FRIENDS! GET ONE OF THESE.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Easily dented

    I own several top brand acoustic/electric guitars and have been playing for 40 years. I was pleasantly surprised when I played the GS mini for the first time and after playing it for...Read complete review

    I own several top brand acoustic/electric guitars and have been playing for 40 years. I was pleasantly surprised when I played the GS mini for the first time and after playing it for a couple of hours, I purchased the guitar the very same day.

    For the price of this guitar and being touted as a travel guitar, you would think it would be tough enough to withstand the rigors of travel, but that is not the case. With the lack of a hard finish on the top of the guitar, it leaves the wood wide open to dents and scratches, because of the softness of the spruce top. After having the GS Mini for about 3 weeks and only playing it at home, I have already begun to notice small dings and dents on the top and edges of the guitar. I wondered if the guitar would hold up against the typical wear and tear on a guitar from the lack of a hard finish over the wood and my suspicions are right. This isn't a tough guitar.

    It looks cheap and in the end, it is cheap, but not price wise. I believe they left the hard finish off of the top to allow the guitar to have more resonance and a loud tone, but from the lack of a hard coat finish, the guitar will soon be dented up and completely blemished, just from normal usage. Not very practical if one has to treat this guitar as if it is made out of eggshells. For being so fragile, the GS Mini is definitely over priced.

    I would recommend this instrument to a friend for the volume and rich tone that eminates from such a small and light weight guitar, but with a caution that the GS Mini is a very fragile and easily damaged guitar.

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    5.0

    awesome parlor guitar

    By redsneakers

    from NYC

    Pros

    • price
    • Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual playing
      • Nashville Tuning
      • Non-flight Travel

      Comments about Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar:

      Love it and would recommend for anyone looking for a larger-scale travel guitar, something for a younger person. I use it as my Nashville/high strung guitar and it sounds awesome and stands up shockingly well to my fully body higher end acoustics

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Best value under a grand

      By Johnson Fan

      from NY

      Pros

      • Comfort
      • Convenience
      • Tone

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

        Comments about Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar:

        I own two GS-Mini guitars. I also own a bunch of others that cost 4 and 5 times as much. Most of my playing time is spent on the Mini because it's just so comfortable. The 00 (14 inch) lower bout, the short scale, and the narrow waist combine to make it the most comfortable guitar I've played.

        Considering that it's a solid top laminate, the tone is amazing. You might expect it to be boxy but it's not. It's well balanced & not too chimey (like much of the Taylor lineup). I put Elixir Polywebs on both of my Mini's just to add to the comfort. Those strings combined with the short scale will let you play for hours without sore fingers.

        As to convenience, it's small enough to play in the front seat of a car or truck. It fits handily in an RV or travel trailer.

        These are great guitars for people of any age (I'm old) but I would say they are especially great for children who aren't big enough for a full size guitar, but play too well for a Yamaha Junior or the like. It's a guitar they could keep for a lifetime.

        To sum it up, this is the best laminate guitar on the market. I've owned at least 40 guitars and currently own 10 including a Taylor GC7, Martin D-18vs, and a Martin OM-28v. I've probably had around 20 laminate guitars, but nothing that approaches this one. I doubt that you'll be disappointed if you buy one.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Taylor GS Mini-e Guitar

        By Mini Picker

        from Lakeview, OR

        Pros

        • Great Gig Bag
        • Light Weight
        • Plays True Up The Neck

        Cons

        • Bridge Pins Easily Break
        • Bridge Pins Fit Too Tight
        • Changing Strings Too Hard
        • No hard case available

        Best Uses

        • Composeing
        • Playing With Small Group
        • Practice

        Comments about Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar:

        Very satisfied with the sound, the fact the instrument plays in tune up the neck, and price.
        Very dissatisfied with how frequently tuning needs to be adjusted and especially dissatisfied with how difficult it is to change the strings on the instrument. The bridge pins are cheap plastic and fit so tight they can't be removed with a string winder or even a "Pickboy." I've played guitar for over 50 years and never encountered bridge pins that were such a problem to remove. Could not recommend this guitar on that basis.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Traveling Dream

        By rocker dude00784

        from E.E.U.U.

        Pros

        • Construction Quality
        • feel
        • Looks
        • Playing Ease
        • Size
        • Sound

        Cons

        • Price

        Best Uses

        • Composer
        • Couch Guitar
        • Street Play
        • Travel Guitar

        Comments about Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar:

        Bought it a while ago and so far its GREAT!! Awesome sound and feel specially when comparing it to the Taylor baby series or Martin counterparts . It has a great sound . I recommend taking the one without electronics. Overall one of the best guitars i own .

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

        (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Easily dented

        By JB_Parrothead

        from Pismo Beach, CA

        Pros

        • Great sound
        • Light Weight
        • Perfect size

        Cons

        • Goes Out Of Tune Often
        • Top Dents Easily
        • Unfinished Top Is Easily

        Best Uses

        • Home Practice

        Comments about Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar:

        I own several top brand acoustic/electric guitars and have been playing for 40 years. I was pleasantly surprised when I played the GS mini for the first time and after playing it for a couple of hours, I purchased the guitar the very same day.

        For the price of this guitar and being touted as a travel guitar, you would think it would be tough enough to withstand the rigors of travel, but that is not the case. With the lack of a hard finish on the top of the guitar, it leaves the wood wide open to dents and scratches, because of the softness of the spruce top. After having the GS Mini for about 3 weeks and only playing it at home, I have already begun to notice small dings and dents on the top and edges of the guitar. I wondered if the guitar would hold up against the typical wear and tear on a guitar from the lack of a hard finish over the wood and my suspicions are right. This isn't a tough guitar.

        It looks cheap and in the end, it is cheap, but not price wise. I believe they left the hard finish off of the top to allow the guitar to have more resonance and a loud tone, but from the lack of a hard coat finish, the guitar will soon be dented up and completely blemished, just from normal usage. Not very practical if one has to treat this guitar as if it is made out of eggshells. For being so fragile, the GS Mini is definitely over priced.

        I would recommend this instrument to a friend for the volume and rich tone that eminates from such a small and light weight guitar, but with a caution that the GS Mini is a very fragile and easily damaged guitar.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love it.

        By J

        from Alaska

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar:

              I went all around my area to play this before I bought it but no one had any (because they sold out so fast) so I decided to just buy one. Don't regret it one bit!

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              • No

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              (2 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Terrible

              By Disappointed

              from Virginia

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar:

                    Guitar was shipped with an unfinished top. while Taylor stands behind their products, Musicians Friend does not do the minimal due dilligence necessary to avoid shipping a defective product.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good Little Guitar

                    By Albino Blues

                    from Sierra Vista, AZ

                    Pros

                    • Awesome Case
                    • Larger Fret Spacing
                    • Light Loud Pretty
                    • Travel Guitar

                    Cons

                    • Hand Hits Nut
                    • Looks a little cheap
                    • Loses Tuning Sometimes
                    • Too Bright Tone

                    Best Uses

                    • Camping Guitar
                    • Child Guitar
                    • Good For Small Woman
                    • Travel Guitar

                    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar:

                    Great for travel and use around camp fire. A little too loud most times and rattles when struck too hard. Nice little guitar but I would not buy it again, esp at its high price. I like full sized guitars better. Awesome case tho, looks super expensive. I would not use it in a professional environment. I have been playing for over 40 years.

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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Blown away at how much I love this

                    By venus

                    from Seattle, WA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Amazing Crisp Sound
                    • Comfortable size
                    • Excellent Setupaction
                    • Keeps Tuning
                    • Louder than expected

                    Cons

                    • Looks a little cheap

                    Best Uses

                    • Gigs
                    • Grab and go
                    • Practise

                    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar:

                    I've been playing for over 30 years. This was supposed to be my 'campfire' guitar, the one I take with me when wanting to keep my big Martin and other expensive guitars safe. But from my first playing the GS mini, it became my favored guitar. I just love this thing!

                    The sound is crisp and full - not at all what you would think from the size it is. The action was perfect (and I'm picky about low action). The neck with feels very comfortable, and the smaller body size is way easier on my shoulders when playing for long amounts of time. Also it is light weight which makes it easy to just grab and go. It looks like it could fit in an overhead storage of an airplane, but I'm not sure about that. Nice soft case for it too.

                    It's certainly not fancy looking. But I wasn't buying for that.

                    My main concern is wondering if the construction will last for many years as my more expensive guitars have.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Surprisingly loud for a small guitar!!

                    By Acoustic Guy

                    from Washington, DC

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Balanced
                    • Compact
                    • LOUD
                    • Nice tone
                    • Quality Bag
                    • Strong bass

                    Cons

                    • Little Appointments
                    • Simple Apointments

                    Best Uses

                    • Lounge Guitar
                    • Practice Guitar
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar:

                    This guitar has a surprisingly loud and balanced sound considering its small size. Perfect for playing around the house or travelling.

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                    • No

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