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Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar  Natural 

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OVERVIEW

Designed to be the ultimate musical companion, wherever you go or stay.

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 succeptible to changes in temperature and humidity, making it an excellent choice for players who travel with their instruments or simply require more durability.  

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 Sapele
  • 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: 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.

SPECIFICATIONS

GS Mini Spruce and Sapele 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 Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 70 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (4)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (4)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Travel guitar (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

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

 

Taylors' GS Mini Acoustic Guitar

This is a gift for my daughters love for music and questioned spending a lot for a first guitar. A very proficient guitar playing co-worker and I went to a local sound room and...Read complete review

This is a gift for my daughters love for music and questioned spending a lot for a first guitar. A very proficient guitar playing co-worker and I went to a local sound room and play 16 guitars that ranged in price. He played the GS mini and then another choice I brought over to him. Without a doubt by far the best overall even with guitars costing a lot more, with larger and smaller bodies than the GS mini. Without question this is the guitar for sound, tone, quality, playability, size, and cost is a great guitar. I don't regret the purchase at all and would do it again tomorrow. Also my co-worker compared this to his Martin for sound and tone and he was very impressed.
This guitar has great low action, great tone, and huge sound for mid-sized guitar.
The guitar looks and feels great. It plays and sound like a full size guitar.
When I first started looking at it I thought it was a little bit high for a mid-size guitar, but for what you are getting in quality and sound I feel it is probably a pretty good deal.

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4.0

I'm very happy with my mini

By tony

from venice calif.

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

      You should be more upfront about the fact that the minis are made in Mexico..I had no clue until the box arrived..

       
      5.0

      The Great GS mini.

      By Larry

      from Varysburg NY

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming

          Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

          I really like this guitar. The neck agrees with me. ,makes me sound better than I am. Big rich sound too.great as a parlor guitar

           
          4.0

          Perfect fit

          By Mama13

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

            Bought this guitar for my singer song writer daughter for Christmas and she hasn't put it down.
            Great sound and perfect fit

             
            5.0

            Just what I was looking for

            By RonD

            from Gilbert, AZ

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Play
            • Nice sound
            • size

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Learning
              • Travel

              Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

              I bought this guitar to help my learning and maybe make it a little easier for me to master my barre chords. It appears that it should work fine. I am planning to take it in for a setup next week. I think it will work perfect after that.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              GS Mahogany and Spruce Top

              By T

              from Baltimore MD

              Pros

              • Great Sound And Woods

              Cons

              • Setup

              Best Uses

              • Livingroom Playing
              • Travel

              Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele 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
               
              5.0

              taylor GS-mini

              By thommy

              from East Rockaway,NY

              Pros

              • Great price
              • Perfect size
              • Terrific tone

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Learning

              Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele 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

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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 Spruce and Sapele 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

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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 Spruce and Sapele 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

                  (3 of 6 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 Spruce and Sapele 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

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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 Spruce and Sapele 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

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