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Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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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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Overview

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 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (22)
  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good audio (20)
  • Consistent (15)
  • Stays in tune (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (19)
  • Jamming (17)
  • Small venues (15)
  • Recording (14)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Novice (8), Professional musician (4)

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful and Sounds Great!

By Shelly

from Youngstown, Ohio

About Me Novice

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful Koa Wood
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great for Women and Small Hands
  • Rich Sound
  • Rounded Back

Cons

  • May not be good for someone with large hands

Best Uses

  • Size Good for Women and Small Hands
  • Travel

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Wanting to learn to play, my husband and I were looking for a guitar that was a comfortable size for me and sounded good. I have small hands and short arms and needed something that wasn't too large. Since my husband is an experienced guitar player, he knew what to look for. We tried several different models, mostly thin bodied guitars, but just couldn't find the sound we wanted. He is used to his Martin full body dreadnought and thin bodied guitars just don't produce that sound. The sales associate eventually pulled out a Taylor GS Mini with a mahogany body to show us since we weren't finding anything that had the sound we wanted. Being more of a travel guitar size, I was first turned off from it because of the size. It felt like a kids guitar to me. However, when my husband began to play it our eyes lit up. We were both floored by the sound of the little guitar. But, there was one other guitar I wanted to look at in a neighboring city and I still wasn't sold on the GS Mini because of the size. I was having trouble getting past the fact that it felt like a kids guitar to me. The next day we drove to the other music store to see the other guitar and give it a try. While the guitar was beautiful and the sound was better than others we had looked at, it still didn't beat the GS Mini's sound. The Mini has such a rich and soulful sound and that sound is what really sold us on the guitar and the fact that it was a nice size for me. It's a little larger than a typical 3/4 size guitar but smaller than the Baby Taylor. I'm an artist so I also wanted a guitar that was aesthetically pleasing as well so we ordered the guitar in the Koa wood. My guitar is beautiful and sounds great. The more we play it the better it sounds. And yes, I said we.... my husband also likes to play it. However, he has large hands with thick fingers and does find it to be a little difficult to play because the frets and strings are a tad closer together.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Incredible Sound and Craftsmanship

By Janderson

from Tulsa, OK

About Me Professional Musician

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 pop singer/songwriter and I have owned an Ibanez, a Takamine, a few Fender guitars, and a Martin as well, which the Martin was by far my favorite - I had played on a Taylor 114ce and even a 214ce, and I honestly wasn't an overall fan of the feel of either of those. I was very close to buying another Martin since I had sold my other one, but as soon as I picked one of these up, I immediately fell in love - gorgeous tone, playability & feel - I'm not a huge fan of the dreadnought feel, so this body style and size is perfect, and the best part is that you don't lose any quality or volume because of the size - I recommend it for everyday playing, recording, live performances, and to amateur and experienced players alike - this guitar is by far my favorite, one of the best I've ever played on and the best I've ever owned.

    RECOMMENDATIONS:
    I recommend upgrading the bridge pins to the Taylor Ebony bridge pins, purchasing an actual hard case for extra humidity and physical protection, and getting a humidifier to make sure your guitar stays in top shape. Also use the recommended Elixir strings, they're incredible and will keep your guitar sounding amazing. Go out and get this guitar! It's worth every penny. Well done Taylor.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar for a Mexican made Taylor.

    By Performer

    from Lake Zurich, IL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    It's not the best in the taylor series but I have to say I use it alot. You have to get new tuners period. cant stand out of tune tones. Get a new saddle and nut bone. Your set. Good electronics can handle alot of power without feedback. Great for fingerpicking styles. Need hardshell case ( come on Taylor lame.) Good for working musician like ( Weddings/duo's/trio work.) Also keep the same strings it came with stock = Elixer nanoweb phospor bronze Med .013 - .056. It took forever to get that info. Good luck.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect for Blues Finger-Picking!!

    By Rooster

    from Quitman, MS

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Notice...take the Elixir medium gauge off this baby! (They give it a cheap and horrible sound) Put on some 'silk & steel' from La-Belle (11-51) and you will have the best acoustic blues finger picking guitar you can imagine! Had to loosen the truss-rod very little (1/4 turn left) for the perfect action. The technical guy at GC Mobile did not know what he was talking about concerning string tension and buzzing on this guitar. I did the adjustments myself and everything is spot on!! The BLUES jump out of this KOA gs mini like Robert Johnson or Light'nin Hopkins.

      Service and delivery comments:

      The staff at GC in Mobile (other than the ignorance of the tech guy on this particular model) was excellent!!! The manager and sales rep were wonderful and a delight to do business with.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Taylor's best all around guitar yet

      By Pete

      from Huntington Beach California

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I have played for 30 years both strumming and finger style, and lead worship and play classical. I have small hands with short fingers. Over the years I have owned a Taylor 914, Taylor 814, Taylor 714, Martin OM, Martin OM Marquis, and several other brands. I can say without reservation that none of them sounded better than the GS mini Koa I bought six months ago. It is classically beautiful without much eye candy which in my opinion a fine instrument doesn't need. I agree with the other revues and would add that no one mentions the thin finish on the mini's which probably contributes significantly to the sound. Its light weight adds to the resonance and the solid Koa top contributes 80% of the sound. I have found that Martin Marquis bronze light strings work and sound best for me and I did switch to ebony pins. I also have a Taylor 712 12 fret fall limited with black heart safafrass back and sides which sounds great too, but I would still give the edge to the mini for all around sound. I have bought 3 GS mini Koas so far for my daughter and grandson. Need I say more?

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My favorite!

        By PR1NCEFAN

        from Denver/Aurora Co

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I'm a newbie, but still a serious collector. Out of the several I've purchased, this is now my favorite to play. Everyday I look forward to practicing with it. Today I played for nearly 12 hours, and only stopped because I knew I needed to get some sleep so I'd be fresh for playing tomorrow. I seriously have a hard time putting this guitar down.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Ebony Bridge Pins -- Worth the Upgrade?

          By CL59

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              The prior comments about this guitar are spot on -- it is a superb couch guitar and the koa version provides a bright, clear timbre that avoids that spruce twang. At this price point it is a no brainer.
              Am writing this review to second a suggestion made by another reviewer -- to add ebony bridge pins (in place of the supplied plastic ones). Was unsure how much improvement this might make but, after a week of playing on the plastic version, ordered the ebony set from GC to see if they made any difference.
              The sound of the revised instrument just seems "right." I notice in particular that the instrument is more resonant and I found it necessary to damp ringing strings that earlier had been less sonorous. Individual notes continue to be bright but have a certain degree of clarity that makes the koa sound even more precise.
              So, as unlikely as it might seem, suggest you give this simple upgrade a try. The ebony pins are not expensive but had to order them direct as the local GC stores in my area do not stock them.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful instrument!

              By Jrick

              from Greenville, SC

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Koa finish is stunning
              • Onboard electronics are awesome!
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues
                • Travel

                Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Perfect to throw in the car on trips, but you will be tempted to play it most of the time at home. Certainly recommend this guitar as a great addition to your collection.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Very comfortable couch/bed guitar

                By Ed

                from Miami

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  This little guitar is beautiful and comfortable... it doesnt have an explosive sound but fits its purpose.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A great Buy!

                  By John

                  from El Paso, Texas

                  About Me Novice

                  See all my reviews

                  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 Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    Javier in El Paso is the best! In fact, I loved this so much that I bought more than one!!!!!

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This is one incredible guitar!!!! Koa makes it the best!!!!

                    By John

                    from El Paso, Texas

                    About Me Novice

                    See all my reviews

                    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 Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      Words cannot explain what a great buy this is. Javier Castanos at guitar center in El Paso Texas is the only reason that I keep shopping there.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Yes i would. Great look and sound.

                      By Rob Slow

                      from Quaker Hill, Connecticut.

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Feel
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Recording

                        Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        I use the guitar for acoustic songs. That need that nice clean sound, but at the time strong output.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great all terrian guitar!!!!!

                        By Carlos

                        from Arlington, TX

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording

                          Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                          I own 5 high end Taylors and 3 of the GS Minis (Rosewood, Mahogany, and this Koa) and by far is the better of the 3 minis. It approaches the full sound of my 814ce without the hefty price. Love it!!!!

                           
                          5.0

                          Would recommend to friends

                          By Richard

                          from undisclosed

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                          Great guitar! Wish the neck was setup better.

                           
                          5.0

                          Switched to 80/20 bronze - light/med. Sounds even better.

                          By HWalker

                          from Griffin, GA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                              Beautiful small guitar with unbelievable big guitar sound. The Koa version was worth the extra money. Very easy to hold and play. Hard to put down. Been ignoring my two beautiful Martins. The low E string felt a little stiff for the shorter scale length, so I put on Martin SP's 80/20 Bronze - Light/Mediums .0125 - .055. WOW! Definitely more open - sweeter sound. Played it so much that I now got carpal tunnel syndrome and can't play at all any more for a while. Bummer.

                               
                              5.0

                              Very Nice

                              By OttoMatick

                              from Seattle, WA

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              See all my reviews

                              Pros

                              • Rich Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                                I've wanted a GS Mini since I gave my grand daughter her Taylor Swift about 6 years ago. Short scale, fun to play, good sounding. While a laminate body / sides the top is real solid KOA. Sounds excellent, brighter than a mahogany or walnut body guitar. Different tone, get your island vibe on please. Recommend you go pick this out because of the HUGE variety of KOA grain patterns, get what is pretty to you. Perhaps this will stay the purchase of an all solid wood KOA guitar for a while?!

                                 
                                5.0

                                Nice little Taylor

                                By Guitar collector

                                from Modesto

                                About Me Experienced

                                See all my reviews

                                Verified Buyer

                                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:

                                  The Koa gives this small guitar a warmer sound Han I expected. Easy to play. Good sound.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Simply Amazing

                                  By Chet

                                  from Sioux Falls, SD

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Feel
                                  • Rich Sound
                                  • Small guitar, BIG noise
                                  • Stays In Tune

                                  Cons

                                  • none

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Jamming
                                  • Practicing
                                  • Recording
                                  • Small Venues

                                  Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                                  This is an amazing guitar. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, this guitar has everything a great guitar needs. The small size makes it easy to play/travel anywhere. Most mini guitars get a bad name for their output of sound. THIS GUITAR ISN'T LIKE THE OTHER MINI's, hands down will recommend this to anyone that enjoys full rich sounds. The electronics on board are worth the money as well. The electronics make it so you could play this guitar for 5 people or 500,000. Cant speak more highly about a smaller sized guitar.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  My everyday guitar PERIOD !

                                  By Gino

                                  from Hayward,Kalifornia

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  See all my reviews

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Feel

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Jamming
                                    • Practicing
                                    • Recording
                                    • Small Venues

                                    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                                    I own 2 Koa gs mini because I love the wood top and the sound it projects. Full sounding guitar and you can take it anywhere and enjoy the sound. Beats all smaller guitars in its class and the koa graining is addicting. It took me 5 gs mini's before I settled on 2 units. Koa is very scarce and only grows in one part of mother earth, Hawaii. Get one and enjoy the sound as its gets older the bass fets deeper..

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Amazing Guitar

                                    By Tacocco

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    About Me Novice

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Fun To Play
                                    • Good Feel
                                    • Rich Sound

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Jamming
                                      • Practicing
                                      • Small Venues

                                      Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                                      I tried several guitar and the moment I played this GS Mini I was in love with it. The feeling, provided by its compact size, is very unique as I feel more in control. The sound is amazing and the look of the wood is something very unique. I played a more expensive Taylor guitar; made by Koa wood and priced around $1400; I could not ear the difference. This guitar is a "must have" model !

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