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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 guitar. That mix of portability and musicality has pro... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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.  

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
Specifications
    • 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"
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TaylorGS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 42 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (5)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Mini Guitar

I have been waiting since the announcement for this guitar to be released. It did not disappoint. It is small, lightweight, comfortable to play and good looking. The factory gig-bag is a...Read complete review

I have been waiting since the announcement for this guitar to be released. It did not disappoint. It is small, lightweight, comfortable to play and good looking. The factory gig-bag is a dream. It is well padded and a secure way to transport the guitar in the car, on a plane or almost anywhere. It is not a full-size guitar for sure but with the factory medium strings it has a great volume and superb tone for its size.

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The Good and the Ugly

In short, I give the sound and size 5 stars. The fit and finish were a 1 on the guitar I played. The frets stuck out, the 6th string buzzed out from the...Read complete review

In short, I give the sound and size 5 stars. The fit and finish were a 1 on the guitar I played. The frets stuck out, the 6th string buzzed out from the 6th fret on and all strings buzzed out from the 10th fret on. Probably due to humidity (lack of) but if you get a new instrument you want to know they took care of it until it arrived in your hands. I love how it plays. It's a small guitar that plays big. It's got great tones for the size. It's the best travel guitar I've played for tone, ease of playing, and overall size. The baby taylors are too small for my hands as I can hardly play a string without hitting two. The little martin is okay but lacks taylors legendary playability AND the GS Mini blows it out of the water volume-wise. I WOULD love to find one that had a good fit and finish. I'd buy it instantly. Because of my experience I hesitate to buy one online

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(62 of 65 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mini Guitar

By Steve C.

from Denver, CO

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

I have been waiting since the announcement for this guitar to be released. It did not disappoint. It is small, lightweight, comfortable to play and good looking. The factory gig-bag is a dream. It is well padded and a secure way to transport the guitar in the car, on a plane or almost anywhere. It is not a full-size guitar for sure but with the factory medium strings it has a great volume and superb tone for its size.

(49 of 52 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So far, Amazing!

By J

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

I just received mine and so far it is pretty amazing. Fit and finish is typical Taylor, sound is impressive, and it's definitely light and easy to play, especially compared with my dreadnought. Action was set up perfect on mine. Tuners are top notch. The gig bag is a great addition to this package. Did I mention that it looks gorgeous! Well worth the investment. I bought it as a travel guitar and eventually for my son, so I still have to set it through its paces, but I did not feel much difference in size between this and the baby, but the sound is definitely an improvement.

(34 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice Little Gem

By Todd Cochran

from Greencastle, Indiana

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

Just got my new Taylor GS Mini and it lives up to everything Taylor promoted, and I expected! This guitar sets a new standard for travel guitars to say the least. Nice fit, nice tone and nice price. It doesn't put out the same sound as my 314 but it is still very nice. This ranks right up there with the best $$$ I've ever spent. I have many guitars and each has a purpose. This guitar will allow me to leave my more expensive guitars at home when jammin with friends around a camp fire.

(32 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fabulous!!!!!

By Stephanie

from Virginia beach,Virginia

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

I got my GS mini in the mail yesterday after a two month wait and let me tell you....VERY worth the wait. The sound is bold and beautiful out of this little gem. I owned the baby taylor but it does not compare to this! Feels great sounds great. Taylor is my favorite guitar brand period and this one as usual did not dissapoint. If you have smaller fingers this guitar is a dream!!

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Taylor Is For Real

By Marty S.

from opera124@aol.com

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

Want to own a Taylor but can't afford one of the full sized ones? Find the baby and big baby Taylors not the answer. Well Taylor has solved your problem with this awesome smaller size guitar. Larger than the big baby, using 12 guage Elixir strings, this guitar produces the familiar bright Taylor tone, which suits those who sing and play. It can produce fairly robust sound which belies its size. The guitar is very comfortable to play, sitting or standing. I spent a heap of money on a Martin earlier this year, but wanted a Taylor because of the difference in sound, but could not afford the regular line. Now this one comes along and I got my Taylor. Get yours too.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

most fun Guitar I have ever played

By Tim Sattler

from Grand Ledge, Mi.

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

I have played guitar for over 50 years. This is one of the finest guitars I have played. For the money it's the best. I love it.

(13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

KC

By KC

from Winter Park, FL

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

Incredible! I did not know what to expect. I just ordered it without trying it out. I've owned both the Baby and Big Baby. The GS Mini blows them away! The sound is huge from a small package and it plays great. I love it!

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor GS Mini

By Ben Perea

from Albuquerque NM

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

Wow! This little guitar is incredible! The sound is anything but mini! This guitar is the perfect parlor guitar. I leave it next to the couch and just pick it up everytime I feel like playing. The GS mini is fun to play and sounds incredible! I have even used it for band gigs and believe it or not people seldom notice that is is a mini guitar! This guitar is well worth the money and hooking up the electronics is more than simple! The only drawback with the electronics in that you do not have tone or volume controls on the guitar itself. Maybe Taylor will change that in the future. Otherwise this little guitar is BIG FUN!

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Travel guitar EVER MADE EVER!!!!

By Anon

from Los Angeles, California

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

I bought this little guitar about a week ago, and i have literally not put it down since. This sounds AMAZING for the size AND money. Definitely an excellent deal for any musician looking for a travel guitar. I took this on a school trip and everyone was jealous of it! I strongly recommend purchasing one of these before they run out of stock!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding!

By L Johns

from Wellsburg, WV

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

I couldn't wait to pick one of these up. Great build quality and amazing tone for its size. This is also easy and fun to play. This is more than just a travel size guitar and it is very robust. Play one if you get the chance and you will buy it!

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good little guitar

By brendan

from McHenry, IL

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

I've played several and will likely be buying one in the next couple of months. The tone varies a bit between instruments and I haven't found the right one yet but I'm sure I will. They are very good guitars especially for the price and have a distinctive sound which is suprisingly rich for a guitar of it's size. Taylor claims it sounds like a full size and I gotta tell you, they have it pretty close, in fact it sounded richer to me than a few of their compeditors full size guitars in that same beginner/intermediate price range. The guitar has pretty good action. The tuning pegs are nice and it was fairly easy to tune. The Sitka spuce top looks and sounds nice. It has clear intonation for fingerpicking and lead styles and also gives a good blend for playing rythm. I have yet to try out the electronics, as the guitar center near me never has one (plug in pickup) in stock but I trust the guys at my store and they say the electronics sound awesome too. If you are looking for a beginning guitar or a decent sounding travel guitar this may be the perfect option for you but if you are a giging musician and you are looking for a less expensive or smaller gigging instrument it might not have quite the sound quality you are looking for. I like the tone and will likely write a few songs for the guitar specifically but it is not as good as the higher end Taylor's, Martin's, or Gibsons... but hey if these little guitars were as good they would probably be in the same 2.5k+ price range as well. In my opinion, with guitars you usually get what you pay for. You want a Recording quality professional sounding instrument you gotta shell out a bit of green. That being said however it is also my opinion that Taylor made a highly affordable, great sounding, very portable, and slightly smaller version of its classic guitars. They found a way to get a great guitar to the people for a great price. Thank you Talor. This is one of those rare guitars you get a bit more than what you pay for... check one out at your nearest store. An additional note, when I played it it didn't seem too small. I've got big hands and some other travel guitars have been difficult for me to play but when I picked this one up I started to forget I was playing a mini.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GS Mini - You Need One

By Dave

from Longwood, FL

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

As a long time Taylor fan and collector, the GS Mini surpassed my high expectations. This guitar has a hudge sound and plays extrordinarily well. I use a varriety of tunnings, several of which challenge instrument harmonics, all of which this axe holds perfectly. The ability to carry medium gage strings unstressed is really big. Unlike my other Taylors which are case bound for preservation, I have hung this one on the wall where it is conducive to spontanious play. We'll see if I have the same luck as Bob with the airlines allowing it in the overhead, I dont fly first class! The travel case is nice and seems sufficiently road worthy, but if forced to send it to luggage I seriously doubt it would make the trip. All in, you need one!

(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

The Good and the Ugly

By Spike

from Sioux falls, SD

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

In short, I give the sound and size 5 stars. The fit and finish were a 1 on the guitar I played. The frets stuck out, the 6th string buzzed out from the 6th fret on and all strings buzzed out from the 10th fret on. Probably due to humidity (lack of) but if you get a new instrument you want to know they took care of it until it arrived in your hands. I love how it plays. It's a small guitar that plays big. It's got great tones for the size. It's the best travel guitar I've played for tone, ease of playing, and overall size. The baby taylors are too small for my hands as I can hardly play a string without hitting two. The little martin is okay but lacks taylors legendary playability AND the GS Mini blows it out of the water volume-wise. I WOULD love to find one that had a good fit and finish. I'd buy it instantly. Because of my experience I hesitate to buy one online

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's hard to believe that a guitar this small sounds so big!!

By Rick Gilman

from Oak Harbor, WA

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

Being in the military limits one's storage availability and this fine instrument fits the bill perfectly and was worth the wait!! I haven't put mine down since it arrived a couple of days ago. In addition to the monster sound, the construction and finish of this guitar is nothing short superior! The padded gig bag is a quality product in its own right. Very highly recommended!!!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Travel Acoustic!

By Sarah

from Buffalo, NY

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

Ive searched for a small bodied travel acoustic for years. I always felt like the tone on the BT1 and other comparable models such as the Martin LXM was just lacking. I expiremented with 000 models and the Big Baby but found them too large for travel. I played the first GS Mini we recieved at the store I work at Guitar Center Buffalo and fell in love!! I really think that choosing a grand symphony body was the perfect idea to add alot more mid range and bass response where the Baby Taylor was lacking. I purchased mine a week later, and now just to add the pickup! Great Job Taylor..

(4 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

gs mini

By jon

from r.h.e.

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

returned mine. built in the tecate plant, south of the border. not worth the $. as of 2009 taylor builds the baby and 1 and 2 series that i know of. if ur serial # starts with a 2 then its mehico....i have a baby o.g. from '96 with a fishman installed smokes this gat outta the water, also built in el cajon ca. bought a indonesian f335 yamaha for my niece instead. a better guitar. i have a 410 koa taylor i bought in 96 valued at 5k now. limited. get the yamaha f335 and go to vegas with the dough saved win some dough and go to cowtown and buy vintage.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best "couch" guitar

By Garret Maki

from Stevenson Ranch Califonia

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

A friend at work had a 3/4 Fender Starcaster acoustic gifted to him and I offered to replace a missing nut, string it and tune it for him since he had no idea what to do. After finishing it on a Saturday, I found myself sitting on the couch with it in my lap all day and in to the evening. Anytime I left it alone my son would pick it up and hang onto it for hours. Just because of the size it was just so easy to sit there in the couch with the guitar on your lap and plink away with it. Well by the time Sunday came around I didn't want to give this thing back. It looked like a toy but didn't sound half bad. By mid way through Sunday I found myself reading reviews of Baby Taylors, Mini Martins, and 3/4 Yamahas. My mind was pretty well made up to just run down to my local GC and pick up a $120 Yamaha and be done with it, and just live with the thing sound. It really didn't bother me that much. Then I started running into commenters mentioning the GS Mini, and every one stating it was a few orders of magnitude superior to all the others. Well they were right. I took my son with me to GC (he can play and I can't) and let him play the Mini while I listened. On top of the it was on sale. They had one more in stock in the back so I made them pull that one out and compared the floor model and the example fresh out of the box. I couldn't hear any difference between the two and neither could my son. So I selected the one that looked the best and that was that. After we got home we played the GS Mini, and the Fender side by side. Suddenly the starcaster sounded like the toy it was and the GS Mini sounded like a full size guitar. Well we have a full size Fender which we also pulled out for a side by side shoot out and the Mini sounded ever bit as good as the full size. Granted it isn't a high end guitar but it is full size and is a pretty good sounding example. Anyway I don't think this thing can really be compared to other 3/4 guitars, it's just that much better. If you like playing on the couch while watching football or whatever then I would highly recommend the GS Mini. Assuming you can afford the extra $$ for it of course. Aside from the sound the fit and finish, and playability is that of a mid range guitar. I'm learning to play and while I could easily have lived with a lesser guitar, but I am still very happy I chose this.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Iplay it for pleasure

By Edward Arnold

from Nashville, Tennessee

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

I am not a muscian. I play the guitar for pleasure and although I have excellent equipment, I have no desire to perform or write songs. I enjoy sitting on the couch, drinking beer, and playing guitar. I went to Guitar Center to look at the new Taylor GS Mini acoustic guitar. The purpose for the guitar is for my ten year-old daughter. She needs something smaller and the new Taylor is not a baby Taylor. I played four songs, "Oh Happy Day", "Here Comes the Sun", "You Were Always on My Mind" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". The guitar sounded great but to be fair, I also played the same songs on the Baby Martin. To be honest, the Baby Martin had a crisper, clearer more pure sound. However, the Taylor GS Mini sounded unique. The Taylor GS Mini had a ... growl! It could be this particular one, all guitars are slightly different, or it could be the model in general. After much careful thought, I purchased the Taylor. I have owned it for 20 months and I have not tired of it yet. I own this Taylor, a Martin HD-28 purchased in 1994, and a Les Paul Studio purchased in 2009. I tend to play the Taylor GS Mini more often than the other two combined. My two children like the sound of the Taylor better than my Martin HD 28. I kept asking my daughter why she likes the sound better. She phrased her answer strangely. "The new guitar sounds mad (angry). It has an attitude!" Music critics! The kids are only eight and twelve years-old ... what do they know?

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great addition to the family

By John Eckstein

from Florence, MA

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

I now have five Taylor Guitars- 1991 512, 1998 555, and a 2009 T-5 are the higher end guitars and are all wonderful. I bought a Baby Taylor in 1996 when they first came out, and while I have enjoyed having a guitar that portable and convenient, I have always had some problems with the intonation. So, when I first read about the Mini GS, I thought it would be be the answer to those problems. The Mini-GS certainly does have good intonation, but is really a lot more than an improved Baby. It is considerably larger- actually close in size and identical in depth to the 512. Thus it is actually nowhere near as portable as the Baby T. In every other way, though, it is very much a satisfying good sounding guitar, comparable to a more expensive full size guitar. The neck, fret work, set-up and intonation are all excellent. Perhaps due to the medium strings, it has a very full sound- not as complex as the 512, but really very full and balanced sound. I got the es-go pickup separately. As advertised it goes in very easily and sounds great (I put it through a Baggs Para-Acoustic DI into a Fender Acoustonic Jr.). So- I do not think this is a great tiny guitar- it is just not that small. But for a relatively cheap, sturdy guitar, that is not too big and that sounds and plays like a Taylor, the is really a remarkable instrument.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hits the Target Dead Center !

By John Dillahunt

from Peachtree City, Georgia

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

I previously owned a Baby Taylor (BT)which was certainly a good travel and/or practice guitar. However, once I played the GS-Mini, I realized that this was what I was actually seeking when I bought the BT. I own several high end guitars (e.g. Taylor 814) and this GS Mini fits in with my collection like a glove. It sounds so good that after you play a few notes on it, you lose the sense that this is a small scale guitar. In short, this is the guitar every one who is looking at a small scale travel or practice guitar really wants...whether they know it or not at this point. Taylor really got this one right.

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