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Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Designed to be the ultimate musical companion, now in a Sitka and layered rosewood body.

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.

Tone Woods
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 Sitka Spruce
Back & sides: Layered Rosewood
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

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

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TaylorGS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Stays in tune (14)
  • Consistent (12)
  • Good audio (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic guitar!!!

I am 49 and have some back and shoulder issues. Dreadnaughts and Jumbos always leave me hurting so after watching every YT video available I bought two, the Koa and the Spruce/Rosewood....Read complete review

I am 49 and have some back and shoulder issues. Dreadnaughts and Jumbos always leave me hurting so after watching every YT video available I bought two, the Koa and the Spruce/Rosewood. They are both fantastic, but the punch that comes out of this guitar is amazing. It's got the crisp high end of Spruce and this amazing, warm low end punch that is just right due to it's small size. It causes me to end up playing my songs more aggressively as it's so close to the feel and action of an electric guitar.
I am totally impressed with these Taylor Minis and it's been awhile since an acoustic guitar impressed me. The gig biag is very nice as well, but I bought the SKB hardcases for both of them so I could put humidifiers in them. I highly recommend this for any acoustic guitar. It only takes about a month of exposure to your home's central heating system before they start drying out and sounding thin and brittle.
Buy this guitar, you'll love it!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ever again

Purchased a used mint condition but received the guitar with some blemish on the body. Will never again will purchase a used item again!!

Purchased a used mint condition but received the guitar with some blemish on the body. Will never again will purchase a used item again!!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic guitar!!!

By Funky T

from Ooltewah, TN

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Verified Buyer

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 Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I am 49 and have some back and shoulder issues. Dreadnaughts and Jumbos always leave me hurting so after watching every YT video available I bought two, the Koa and the Spruce/Rosewood. They are both fantastic, but the punch that comes out of this guitar is amazing. It's got the crisp high end of Spruce and this amazing, warm low end punch that is just right due to it's small size. It causes me to end up playing my songs more aggressively as it's so close to the feel and action of an electric guitar.
    I am totally impressed with these Taylor Minis and it's been awhile since an acoustic guitar impressed me. The gig biag is very nice as well, but I bought the SKB hardcases for both of them so I could put humidifiers in them. I highly recommend this for any acoustic guitar. It only takes about a month of exposure to your home's central heating system before they start drying out and sounding thin and brittle.
    Buy this guitar, you'll love it!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Quality guitar

    By Geetar Slinger

    from Oklahoma

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I am trying to find a sound hole plug that won't kill the sound. If I ncan do this it will be a great guitar.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bought it Again!!

      By GS

      from Meridian Idaho

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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 Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This is my 5th Taylor. I replaced the GS Mini I purchased when they were first introduced in 2010. The original did not have the electronics. The rosewood back/sides and electronics make the guitar really perform to it's full potential. Since my hands are on the small side, the short scale really works for me. I especially like using this guitar when utilizing my more expensive instruments are out of the question.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar sound for a smaller body guitar!!!

        By Midnight Jammer

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Smaller Size
        • Stays In Tune
        • Taylor Expression System

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Love this little guitar! Wanted a guitar to keep around my house for unexpected jam sessions and I'm not a big fan of big body guitars and this fits the bill perfect! I'm a HUGE fan of Taylor's amazing sound and this guitar doesn't hold back on that for sure!!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome guitar!!!!!! Never goes out of tune!!!

          By Hawklord Jim

          from USA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • I have tuned this one about 3 times in one year!
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              I am a professional beginer , been at for 40 some years off and on. The action is perfect the sound is the same!!!!! I just can not play it enough! What a big beautiful sound it has!!!!! Bass and highs! The only complaint is that I wish the wood was smoother and the finish was gloss. Do not hesitate , just buy it and beat it! I play hard and it has shown no sign of wear or any such thing!!!

               
              5.0

              Glad I bought this one when it was still available

              By billbass1

              from Dingmans Ferry, PA

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Bought the rosewood and spruce model. Almost went with a koa version.
                Glad I bought this one when I did because Taylor discontinued the rosewood and spruce model.
                Apparently rosewood is now considered endangered and there are currently serious buying and shipping laws. I am guessing Taylor did not want to get involved in the paperwork for this low cost model.
                Anyway, if you find a used one, snap it up!

                 
                5.0

                Great little guitar

                By TRW

                from Snellville, Ga.

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  Bought the Level 3, but can't find a mark on it. The Spruce/rosewood combination is great for the Mini, and the ES2 sounds terrific through an amp or PA. Unplugged, it can hold its own with bigger guitars. Shoulder injuries have pushed me to smaller bodied guitars, the Mini is a perfect compromise. This is now my primary guitar for performances.

                   
                  4.0

                  Very pleased

                  By Rob

                  from San Diego

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    Very happy with purchase, low action, easy to play, and bright sound due to the spruce top. I really like the size, sound and portability. No regrets.

                     
                    5.0

                    Great little guitar. Really enjoy the size and sound,

                    By Jeff

                    from New Hope, MN

                    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 Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      I use it the worship my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

                       
                      5.0

                      Fits

                      By Larry Emsweller,eller

                      from Munster, Indiana.

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        This is an update on a previous 5 star review. In addition to the previous positive comments, I think a major factor is that this guitar fits me. My playing has improved because I'm not trying to play an instrument that is too large for me. Still feel guilty about my more expensive guitars remaining in the case, but this one just feels better, sounds better than I can play the ones that are to large for me, and is just plain fun. Like so much, I would be willing to pay more for some cosmetic upgrades like more fancy inlays & a darker spruce top.

                         
                        5.0

                        Lots of guitar in a little package

                        By Ryan

                        from Cincinnati, OH

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                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Stays In Tune

                        Cons

                        • Flat Sound

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        This is a fantastic purpose-designed instrument that does what it is supposed to do. It can sound a little flat at times, particularly in the lower registers, however I would attribute that to a necessary trade off for the smaller size. It's fun to play and easy to carry around the house or throw in the car. The GS Mini is the best travel guitar that I have found. Note: people with large hands may find the fretboard a little cramped due to the short scale coupled with a 1 11/16 nut. Bonus points for the great gig bag.

                         
                        5.0

                        Makes me happy.

                        By Larry Emsweller

                        from Munster, Indiana

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Couch playing

                          Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                          The GS Mini surpasses some of my guitars that cost 4 to 5 times more in both tone & function - it is fun to play & is now my go to guitar. I'm just a couch player, but enjoy it a lot. It's kinda sad to keep my more expensive guitars in their cases, but this one just sounds & plays better. I use the electronics just for effects, not needed for volume in my venue (couch).

                           
                          5.0

                          great guitar for women

                          By teres

                          from ephrata pa

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming

                            Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            This guitar is fantastic!

                             
                            5.0

                            GS Mini is a Hit

                            By Blue Boy NC

                            from High Point NC

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                            Verified Buyer

                            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 Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                              My first Taylor, a great small body guitar. Purchased as a scrath/dent but it's like NEW. Fun to play & grat sound..I'm a believer and rate this a 5 star.

                               
                              4.0

                              Great little axe

                              By Chuckie

                              from So cal

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Fun To Play
                              • Good Feel

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Jamming
                                • Practicing
                                • Small Venues

                                Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                                This is the 2nd mini for me. The original one with snap in pu was not very good but this one is a great guitar for the money. Pu is nice with adjustment for string balance with the saddle set screws. I lowered the action a little and am keeping the med strings on this time. Un plugged has very little volume like most inexpensive guitars but i always plug in so that's a one star demerit. Very fun to play and built and finished well.

                                 
                                4.0

                                sweet little guitar

                                By George Henry

                                from Just South of Weird, Tx

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fun To Play
                                • Good Feel
                                • good for traveling
                                • Nice gigbag.
                                • Rich Sound

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Jamming
                                  • Practicing
                                  • Small Venues

                                  Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                                  Waiting for my next trip with instrument, will fit in overhead and will not have to worry about having to check a full sized guitar. The electronics and spot on, payability good (needs a little tweaking on the action) but overall am very happy with the GS Mini!

                                  (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  Ever again

                                  By min

                                  from undisclosed

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                                  Purchased a used mint condition but received the guitar with some blemish on the body. Will never again will purchase a used item again!!

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