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Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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There's something undeniably inviting about the Taylor GS Mini's scaled-down size, yet a single strum reveals the impressive voice of a full-size gui...Click To Read More About This Product

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Compact, all-koa design with Taylor's special ES2 electronics.

There's something undeniably inviting about the Taylor GS Mini's scaled-down size, yet a single strum reveals the impressive voice of a full-size guitar. That mix of portability and musicality has proven to be a winning combination that fits into so many scenarios in life, from the couch to the campfire to the concert hall. It's not too big, it's not too precious, and it's not too expensive.

That broad-based accessibility has given it a resounding universal appeal, not to mention a built-in fun factor. The shorter 23-1/2-inch scale length makes forming chords a breeze yet gives the instrument plenty of snap and tuning stability for a rewarding playing experience. The acoustic-electric versions enjoy a sweet upgrade to ES2 electronics. All GS-Mini models include a durable hard bag built by Taylor for the optimal fit.

Tonewoods
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Sitka spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. Layered back and sides create a sturdy yet receptive platform for the vibrating string energy sent by the guitar's top. Layered wood is less susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity, making it an excellent choice for players who travel with their instruments or simply require more durability.
 
Electronics
Taylor's ES2 is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before.

Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, bass and treble controls.

What sets Taylor Guitars apart? Unmatched build quality, the most stable and playable necks, a vast array of tonal options, eco-conscious and ethically-sourced raw materials, and a lifetime of service and support.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body type: Taylor Grand Symphony Mini
  • Cutaway: No
  • Top wood: Solid Koa
  • Back & sides: Layered Koa
  • Bracing pattern: GS Mini With Relief Rout
  • Body finish: Matte 2.0
  • Orientation: Right-handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Taylor GS Mini Profile
  • Nut width: 1-11/16" (42.8mm)
  • Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
  • Neck wood: Sapele
  • Scale length: 23-1/2"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Matte 2.0
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Expression System 2 "professional audio"-grade
  • Brand: Taylor
  • Configuration: Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
  • Preamp EQ: Volume, Bass, Treble
  • Feedback filter: Onboard Phase Switch
  • Tuner: None
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Lexan
  • Tuning machines: Chrome GS Mini with Chrome Buttons
  • Bridge: Genuine African Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Micarta "Wave" Saddle; Tusq Nut
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features: Taylor New Technology Neck System
  • Case: Taylor GS Mini Hard Bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Taylor Guitars Factory, Tecate, Mexico

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TaylorGS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Stays in tune (12)
  • Good audio (11)
  • Consistent (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (13)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Taylor Build quality! Excellent Sound!

By The Rockin' Hog

from Little Rock, Arkansas

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I pre-ordered the 2016 Taylor GS Mini in the Koa finish, and it was delivered within 3 weeks. The guitar is everything that I expected from a Taylor product. Although the GS Mini line is built in Taylor's Tecate, Mexico facility, the construction is every bit as good as that of my Taylor 2006 Fall Limited 410E (built a the El Cajone, CA factory). The shorter scale neck still has that classic, comfortable Taylor neck feel and the guitar plays as smooth as butter. The solid Koa top gives the guitar a bit warmer sound which I enjoy. You do not get the same "brightness" you would get from a solid spruce top guitar. Is it as loud as a full-size guitar? No, but it feels more like playing a full-sized Taylor than the Taylor Baby for sure. This guitar comes strung with medium gauge strings which makes it a bit louder. I plan to mainly play this guitar on the couch or my back porch, but this would make an excellent travel guitar. It's about as close as you are going to get to a full-sized guitar without actually taking one of those on the road with you. I have wanted a Koa guitar for a long time, and this guitar does not disappoint! Solid Koa top, Koa laminate back and sides, and Sapele neck (tropical Mahogany neck was only on the 2014 Limited run of this guitar).

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutely fantastic guitar!!!!

    By Funky T

    from Ooltewah, TN

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I am 49, I've played for 35 years, I have recently had issues with shoulder pain due to playing big bodied acoustics, and I also find that they really overshadow my voice.
      I reviewed the GS Mini on YT and finally purchased this guitar. The look of the guitar is fantastic. I mean the grain of the wood and the cut they used really make it a work of art to behold (seriously). It is small enough that I now experience no should pain and being a smaller guy, 5'9" I can get my hands around the neck easily. The shorter scale makes this guitar as playable as my electrics. I can play "lead licks" just about as easily and the tone is super warm for such a small bodied guitar. Electronics and battery access are great. I love it so much I will probably purchase a hardcase to protect this beauty.
      Overall this is the best acoustic I've ever played, beats my Gibsons for overall playability and enjoyment hands down. It's the one I reach for every time and it doesn't overpower my voice. I can strum it, or fingerpick it and it easily holds it's own. I've just ordered another in the Spruce/Rosewood combo and will probably get a Mahogany as well. My Gibsons are listed for sale and my shoulders feel great again.
      IF they asked me I'd be their spokesperson at NAMM shows for free, that's how fantastic this guitar really is!

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      what a great guitar

      By friskybusiness

      from kaneohe, HI

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        of course the guitar needed a proper set up..truss rod adjustment, fret polish, fretboard conditioning, lowered string action, ext. once all that was completed, it plays and sounds amazing. the expression system is very responsive and articulate. musicians friend came through on this one..the top piece of koa is beautifully discolored with a skunk stripe that runs down the middle..very unique. i love this guitar.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice size, build, discount, and price

        By GoDeep

        from Suntan FL

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Overall a nice small-body guitar. Actual color is much darker than MF file photo but still looks great. Action and setup was tip-top right out of the box. Justed tuned her up and played in seconds.

          Wanted something not too expensive and easy to carry around, but still wanted quality and good sound. This mini should do the trick.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Better than the Martin Dreadnought Jr.

          By Bear Y

          from Southern Oregon

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I was looking for a travel-sized guitar that I would enjoy playing at home and on stage. I tried the Martin Dreadnought Jr. because I love my Martin GPCPA4, but the Jr. missed the mark. The action was too high, the onboard electronics were terrible and I just did not enjoy playing it. So, I tried the Taylor Mini Koa. The first noticeable difference is the case. The Taylor gig bag is much sturdier and has better zippers than the Martin D Jr. gig bag. Straight out of the box, the Taylor had great action, super comfortable to play and GREAT tone. The solid Koa top is wonderful and produces a rich, full tone with great articulation and projection. I plugged it in last weekend and the electronics did not disappoint. Clean, low noise pickups. The bottom end was a little muddy at first, but was easily fixed with the onboard EQ controls. I am very happy with this purchase. It's comfortable and fun to play, I can teach my kids with it, and it works well at home, in the studio or on stage. I'd buy another if I ever lost this one. Great job, Taylor Guitars (and that's coming from a Martin Guitar enthusiast).

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent travel guitar.

            By Butch

            from Fairhope, Alabama

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              This is such a great little guitar and will end up paying for itself. I will use it on mission trips primarily. I've always taken my Taylor 614e before and had to check it on the airplane which is an added cost. I'll be able to take this onboard the plane with me. The sound is really nice and I love the beautiful Kota wood. It's beautiful. It sounds great unplugged or through a PA system. I'm very pleased and would absolutely recommend it.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Gorgeous looks and tone

              By Tom C

              from Liverpool NY

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              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Was waiting for my new koa mini backorder to be filled when this open box appeared on the site. It was missing the owner's manual (awful, right?) and I saved more than 20%. That was just the beginning of the goodness. The koa mini arrived and it is beautiful. Tone is bright and loud, tons of fun to play. I did swap out the plastic bridge pins with Taylor ebony pins which made a perceptible difference in tone, smoothed it out a bit. I play a Larrivee L-03E in a duo and the amplified tone of the mini exceeds the Baggs Larrivee system.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              wowsa!

              By Kevipoo

              from New port richey, fl.

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Another Taylor added to my personal collection. The beauty of the Koa wood is outstanding! The electronics are superb and the sound is angelic!

                 
                5.0

                Definitely , would buy this again

                By Jess

                from Grantsboro, N.C

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                • Only con, no built in tuner

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I play for my church , and I usually play a martin or a yairi most of the time , but this guitar is so light and so easy to play that I hardly ever play the other ones anymore, they just seam so heavy after getting use to this one, but don't let the small size fool you, it plays and sounds very good, have had many compliments on the sound of this guitar

                 
                5.0

                Great little guitar with big sound.

                By rockkgold

                from NYC

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  This little Guitar is awesome!!!

                   
                  5.0

                  Small size, Huge sound!

                  By jjkepka

                  from Newport News, VA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    I am a worship leader who also has a traveling ministry. The mini size is perfect for travel without sacrificing the tone of a full size guitar. The guitar holds tune very well and has a very rich sound.
                    These mind's are in such high demand that my local dealer was unable to get any in. Local dealer would have saved me 100, but the extra money spent was worth it.

                     
                    4.0

                    If something happened to it I would buy it again

                    By JC

                    from North carolina

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Playing for my church
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      I have short arms so the small size is perfect, and it's not too small, and it is fun too play, only negative thing I can say is I wished it had a built in tuner , the reason for the 4 stars

                       
                      5.0

                      Taylor's 'got it right' with this one.

                      By Old Guitar Guy...

                      from Chantilly, Virginia

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        After two rotator cuff surgeries, playing/practicing with my full-size guitars resulted in aching shoulders within an hour or so...Researched and tried out many smaller/parlor size guitars. The Taylor GS-Mini just 'felt right' plus the volume and quality of the 'sound' was impressive considering the size. The setup out of the box was perfect!

                        No where near as much ache & pain... because of the shorter scale 'reach'.The guitar sounds great and the Koa wood is gorgeous! I find myself playing it every day. Taylor got it right!

                         
                        5.0

                        The Beauty of a Taylor GS Mini

                        By Joe

                        from Connecticut

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Stays In Tune

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Recording

                          Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                          I was pleasantly surprised by the Beauty of this Taylor GS Mini, especially the KOA. The guitar was purchased via phone and StPatty Day discount applied. I selected 2nd day shipping and the guitar arrived as promised. I now have to split my playing time with my Taylor 414ce but I'm very impressed with the tone and playability.

                           
                          4.0

                          The only travel guitar you'll need!

                          By SuryZ

                          from Nutley, NJ

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Rich Sound
                          • Stays In Tune

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            Sounds richer and fuller than many full size guitars in the market.

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