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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 guit... Read More

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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.

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.
 
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
 
4.8

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Stays in tune (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (5)

Reviewed by 11 customers

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5.0

Don't hesitate. Buy it!

By SLC Jim

from Salt Lake City

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Bright and deep
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have 15 guitars. An even mix of acoustic and electric. This is my second favorite acoustic next to my full-sized Gibson Songbird Deluxe. The Koa wood is beautiful. The sound is amazing! It has the depth of a larger guitar and crisp brightness. It feels good in your hands and is wonderful to play. I took it camping and several people around the campfire were immediate fans of it. I have seen three of these now, one was mahogany, but they are very consistently made. I bought mine here online and I think you can feel safe getting one without playing it first too. After all, it's a Taylor! Get one!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very comfortable couch/bed guitar

    By Ed

    from Miami

    About Me Experienced

    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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful and Sounds Great!

      By Shelly

      from Youngstown, Ohio

      About Me Novice

      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great Buy!

      By John

      from El Paso, Texas

      About Me Novice

      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

        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 1 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.

             
            5.0

            The best Guitar in this size!

            By John

            from El Paso, Texas

            About Me Novice

            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:

              I am so happy with my purchase. Not only does this sound great but it also looks incredible in person!!!!
              Javier Castanos at the Guitar Center in El Paso Texas, is the ONLY reason that I keep shopping there. You can tell that he prides himself on his customer service.

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar

              By Chris, the guitarist

              from Kansas City, MO

              About Me Experienced

              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:

                Great product and great sound. i've been playing acoustic guitar for about 6 years & this guitar sounds and feels like a $2000-$3000 guitar. I've owned several Taylor guitars the past few years and this is definitely one of my favorites. I love how it's also compact and easily portable.

                (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!!!!

                  (3 of 4 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.

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