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From the couch to the campfire to the concert hall, the 2012 GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar promises big fun for everyone. This model differs from ...Read More

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Designed to be the ultimate musical companion, now in a mahogany body.

From the couch to the campfire to the concert hall, the 2012 GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar promises big fun for everyone. This model differs from the regular GS Mini with its bluesy-sounding mahogany body. 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: mahogany
  • 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 Mahogany 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 Mahogany Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

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92%

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Pros

  • Good audio (4)
  • Small (4)
  • Size (3)
  • Sound (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Travel (9)
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Great sound from a small package

I think Taylor deserve a big pat on the back for designing the GS Mini, and I wonder how long it will be before other companies come up with similar shapes. I would...Read complete review

I think Taylor deserve a big pat on the back for designing the GS Mini, and I wonder how long it will be before other companies come up with similar shapes. I would love to compare an all solid version with the standard one - if it sounded better it would be one heck of a guitar. I simply love this guitar because it sounds great and it is so easy and enjoyable to play. Every guitarist should own a GS Mini, and all beginners should have one instead of the usual wide-necked, flat-boarded starter guitars. The GS Mini represents a great, new, affordable design - and we all just need to be grateful that we can own one. Do yourself a favour and buy one now!
This is a basic guitar with respect to features, but for the price it is excellent. If you are more into tone/sound and playability than inlays and appearance, then you'll love this guitar. This guitar sounds great and plays great.
I bought mine over the net and it is great. Have not had to adjust a thing, even after I dropped the string guage. I just love the tone and playability of this little guitar. It sounds much bigger than it is, and it is so easy to play. The neck on mine doesn't have much of a sheen at all, but it still plays really well. Not long after buying the Mini I bought a rosewood Larrivee parlor guitar. Now Larrivee make nice guitars, but the Mini is so much easier to play (at less than half the price), and it has a more balanced tone, and the set-up was much better. So I'll probably sell the Larrivee and keep the Mini. It is simply the best playing and sounding small bodied guitar I have played. I think the mahogany top sounds a little warmer than the spruce top, but if you get a chance try both. They are both great.
This is a great value-for-money guitar in the USA, but a little overpriced in Australia. However, if you play a few in shops you will most likely be won over by the sound and playability. I have owned many acoustic guitars over the years, but I have not owned anything else that I enjoy playing more then the Mini. Some bigger or all-solid guitars might sound better than the Mini, but as an entire package it is a great guitar.

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GS Mini Mahogany

overall a decent guitar. action's fine. didn't have to do much, but i did sand down the bridge a little. my only complaint, which is minor, is the quality/look of the...Read complete review

overall a decent guitar. action's fine. didn't have to do much, but i did sand down the bridge a little. my only complaint, which is minor, is the quality/look of the solid top. it's just not a perfect, blemish free top. it's natural, but i didn't expect that on an instrument. the top looks like it was in the left over pile, as far as look. i also don't like the fact it was made in [@], not the usa. other than that, it's a taylor and it works fine.

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5.0

Best Little Big Guitar Ever!

By Blaise

from Southwest Michigan

Pros

  • price
  • quality
  • Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Prctice
    • small venues

    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

    My GS Mini Mahogany is about a week old now, and it's really hard to be away from it - like even in the next room. I bought it due to some problems with my shoulder, which made a full size guitar actually painful to play. This one works great. It cannot be beat for overall tone and quality. i love the beautiful mahogany top with its warm, gentle sound. However it can make a big sound when called upon to do so, altho clearly it's not a jumbo or anything, but for its size it cannot be beat. It came with medium weight Elixir strings, which I think is great - Taylor provides a fine quality instrument and cares enough to send the very best strings along to the forever home this little gem deserves. I've used Elixir Strings for years and won't have anything else on my other guitars as well. However, I changed those out because I need extra lights, but it did not reduce the tone quality at one bit.

    I usually do smaller more intimate venues like assisted living facilities and nursing homes, so the size of this one works perfectly amped up. I'm really pleased with the full size sound hole, as I have a Dean Markley pickup, and it does just what it needs to. I'm so happy to have this guitar.

    If you're thinking about getting one, by all means go for it.

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    5.0

    great mini guitar

    By jerry

    from midwest

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          Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

          the attention to detail is awesome, this is truly a well built guitar. It is very comfortable to play.the action was a little high,but after a setup that was corrected. I replaced the strings with Martin Sp 11-52, and it had a much improved sound. I like this guitar, and I highly recommend it to others who are looking for a mini style.

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          5.0

          great mini guitar

          By jerry

          from midwest

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                Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

                This mini just feels right, and the workmanship
                is extremely good. The setup was not right, and the Elixir strings that Taylor seems to be so proud of, needed to be replaced, they sounded junky, and now it sound like a really nice guitar. I used Martin SP 11-52,
                and it plays wonderful now. Wake up Taylor and scrap those Elixir strings.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Small guitar; huge value

                By mofoya

                from texas

                Pros

                • Easy to Travel With
                • Fun to play
                • Great sound
                • Nice Gig Bag
                • Small

                Cons

                • Other Axes Getting Dusty

                Best Uses

                • Couch Jams
                • Practice
                • Take it Everywhere

                Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

                This guitar is the champ of the travel guitar niche! I looked at all the smaller sized instruments i could find and the GS mini beats them all in tone quality. period.

                I wasn't looking for a 'travel' guitar exactly. I wanted a good quality practice guitar that was small enough to let me lounge on the couch or on my bed and play comfortably (my full size dreadnought makes these positions very difficult). I'm happy to report that the GS mini fits perfectly! (it makes my other guitars seem big now though!) Things can get a little cramped higher up the neck, but it IS a small guitar... accept it.

                The included gig bag is really nice. It has neck support and backpack straps and a big pocket for accessories. I would have liked dividers in the pocket to keep my slide and capo form banging into each other though. if I carry the bag from the side handles and set it down it tends to tip over on its top. It's not stable on its side like a hardshell case. It IS a quality case though, and seems like plenty of protection for casual traveling.

                My GS mini came setup very well. The action is not really high or low; it's a good general height for most players. Electric players might like it just a touch lower and slide players a touch higher. The intonation is perfect to the ear. I tuned using the 5th fret method and then tweaked for a perfect open G chord first. Then played open C and D chords. Then a B barre chord up on the 7th... to my surprise all sounded very nicely in tune.

                As for sound? This guitar sounds great! Single notes are clear and full-bodied with a strong attack. Chords are well balanced from lows to highs; not boomy or twangy at all. The mids are fully present and there's a richness to them that's difficult to describe. The video reviews I watched didn't reproduce the tone accurately. It is better in person.

                If your looking for a smaller guitar that plays good and sounds great, you found it.

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                5.0

                Tiny!!!

                By nik

                from rochester,mn

                Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

                It really is a mini guitar, but as all the other reviews state- great sound. I've been playing for 10 years hence wanted something with a nice sound but that wasn't disproportionately expensive.
                Recommend it highly.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great little guitar

                By NC DADGADer

                from North Carolina

                Pros

                • Small Size
                • Surprisingly good sound

                Cons

                • No Hard Case Option

                Best Uses

                • Hanging around the house
                • Travel

                Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

                I bought this guitar to take with me to spend 6 months in Germany. I have an old Guild F48 and and a Taylor 855 12 string, and have traveled with them domestically (checked at the gate) but I wanted something that would fit in the overhead compartment and be easy to take with me by train as I travel around Germany. I also needed something that would not make me crazy as my only guitar for 6 months. The GS mini really fits the bill. Having played jumbo guitars for 40 years, I was not expecting much out of the small GS mini. I was very pleasantly surprised. I got the mahogany top version and it produces a very warm but clear sound. Base is much better than I expected. Overall, the sound is quite good for a guitar of this price regardless of size. It does not have the fit and finish (or sound) of my high end Taylor or the sound developed over 40 years in my Guild, but for a travel guitar it is very good. Playability is excellent. I wish that they had a cutaway body, but the shorter scale makes reaching up past the 14th fret not too bad. The gig bag that comes with it seems quite sturdy. I do wish that I had the option of a hard shell case just in case I am on a small plane where it won't fit in the overhead. Overall, I am very happy with this guitar and highly recommend it as a travel guitar. It would also make a very good primary instrument for a child or smaller person.

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                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Pretty Good, but not quite

                By Festus

                from Home

                Pros

                • Good Sound For Small Guit

                Cons

                • No Kerfing
                • Zipper On Bag No Good

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

                  This guitar sounds good for a small box. I like the mahogany top better than the spruce top, which is too bright. Instead of kerfing, it has a thin strip of wood which is cut sloppy and installed sloppy, so I question how well this guitar will hold up.

                  The gigbag is good and provides sturdy protection, but the zipper on it constantly jams, and is stiff not smooth.

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                  • Yes

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                  (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My new best friend

                  By TN Country Boy

                  from Nashville, TN

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                        Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

                        I am a touring musician. My guitar player was over at my place rehearsing. He was intrigued by the small size of my new mini and picked it up. (Side note: He suffers from other's opinion's and prefers 'old school' guitar names instead) 2 hours later, he looks at me and says "This thing is amazing! I take back what I originally said about Taylors". I can summarize my GS mini in one simple word: Amazing. It's amazingly small, amazingly good looking, and amazingly easy to fall in love with in less than 60 seconds of playing.
                        The best advice I ever received from a lifelong luthier/repairman was when choosing an instrument, he said "Close your eyes and just listen"
                        Years ago, when I quit worrying about who's name was on the headstock, Taylor has won every decision since. Their designs are game changing.

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                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great guitar for travel and everyday use

                        By bancika

                        from New York

                        Pros

                        • Gigbag
                        • Good Quality Woods
                        • Looks Minus Some Details
                        • Playability
                        • Size
                        • Sound

                        Cons

                        • Cheap Looking Details
                        • No Neck Wrench Included

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday around the house
                        • Girls
                        • People With Smaller Hands
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

                        I tried two spurce top models (mahogany and koa back), the Martin LX1 and some Alvarez parlor which was very decent but had a bulky neck for my liking. The mini was miles apart from the LX1, and it should be considering the higher price. I ordered the mahogany model for a little more warmth and I prefer the look.

                        GS Mini is very well made structurally and sounds great. There are few smaller details that do look cheap though, like rosette and binding which look like they have been painted on. I didn't confirm that, but they do look cheap. Headstock plate is some coarse plastic which looks pretty cheap. Nut and saddle are made of nubone which looks like plastic and bridge pins are cheap looking black plastic. Some of that is easy to replace, so it's not big of a deal. The most important thing is that all the wood is great and that it sounds great.

                        Neck is 1 11/16" wide at the nut which may be on the narrow side for fingerpickers, but it is a good all-round width. Neck profile is somewhat thin and very comfortable to hold. Small body sits in the lap very nicely and is super light.

                        I would definitely recommend the GS Mini. They are not cheap but you can get as much as 10% off if you ask, so why not try? :)

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                        5.0

                        Love it!

                        By svf

                        from Falls Church, VA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

                        Perfect in every way!

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