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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 Tay...Read More

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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.

SPECIFICATIONS

GS Mini Acoustic Guitar

  • 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 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (3)
  • Travel guitar (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best value under a grand

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...Read complete review

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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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

GS Mahogany and Spruce Top

By 

from Baltimore MD

Pros

  • Great Sound And Woods

Cons

  • Setup

Best Uses

  • Livingroom Playing
  • Travel

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar:

Really loud and throaty for a small 3/4 guitar. Although the GS mini uses and should be used with Medium acoustic strings, the short scale makes for a very playable guitar. I bought two last year, a Mahogany top and then a Spruce top. Both were not setup very well. I used a business card to angle the bolt-on neck further back on the Mahogany and filed the bridges down on both. With the improved playability, both are great buys and great guitars for the money.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

taylor GS-mini

By 

from East Rockaway,NY

Pros

  • Great price
  • Perfect size
  • Terrific tone

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Learning

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Acoustic Guitar:

Did so much research for my first big boy guitar and when all was said, this guitar won out BIG! for me.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

Comment on this review

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome parlor guitar

By 

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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best value under a grand

    By 

    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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Taylor GS Mini-e Guitar

      By 

      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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Traveling Dream

      By 

      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

      (8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Easily dented

      By 

      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

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love it.

      By 

      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!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

            (4 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Terrible

            By 

            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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                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good Little Guitar

                  By 

                  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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