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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.

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. Mahogany is a hardwood that produces a natural compression, yielding more "roll-in" effect to a note. The compression evens out a lively attack for a more linear response. 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 Mahogany
  • 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
  • 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 Mahogany Acoustic Guitar

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  • Good audio (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Stays in tune (9)
  • Consistent (6)


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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


A rare no-brainer in guitar shopping

By D C

from So. California

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

I immediately knew this little guitar sounded great, but how great wasn't apparent until I stood back and listened to someone else play it. Balanced tone, surprising volume, and a clean low end. The mahogany sounds sooo much richer than the much brighter spruce-topped mini. The action is light and consistent. Neck feels good; width is OK. Taylor precision and quality. Tunes down to Open G without buzz. Tuners are a bit touchy, but for under $500 its not a problem. Taylor has done some magic here.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


GS Mini Mahogany - Great sound, Taylor quality

By Richard Johnson

from Amarillo TX

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar has an unbelievably rich tone for its size. Don't expect the volume of a hard-strummed dreadnought or the resonant bass of a Taylor 814 - but this guitar is still plenty loud, and has a full, satisfying tone. It is very playable, well-designed, well-built, and Taylor-quality. Compared to the spruce top Mini, the mahogany top version has a fuller, warmer tone. With the more interesting grain patterns of the mahogany, I think it is a much better looking instrument than the spruce top. I compared the mahogany GS Mini to my solid wood spruce top dreadnought that I have had for 33 years. The Mini has slightly less volume on the low end, and a much warmer tone on the treble end. Considering a big difference in body size between the two, the Mini stands up very well to the dreadnought. This instrument would make a great student guitar, or a primary guitar for a player with smaller hands. I like it for playing fingerstyle because the shorter scale brings the frets slightly closer together. I think it has good enough tone for recording purposes, and could be used as an interesting counterpoint when played in a duet with a bright-toned spruce top guitar. This instrument is a lot of guitar for the money. Its smaller size makes it easy to put in the backseat and take it to the park, and it's an attention-getter with its mahogany top. Go to for a video tour of the Taylor factory.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Outstanding Guitar!

By Scott Howard

from Atco, NJ

Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

I couldn't believe the sound I got out of this guitar. For those of you that don't know, it is considered to be a "7/8 guitar" which means the overall size of the instrument in roughly 87% - 88% of the size of a standard size (more specifically the Taylor Grand Symphony). I debated on either the Spruce or the Mahogany. I was going to get the Spruce top, but when I picked this one up in Guitar Center Cherry Hill, the sound just blew me away right away. The mahogany body gives you a much warmer and rounder tone whereas the spruce top seems to be a bit more projective with a trebly and brighter sound. Although the spruce is supposed to project better, this guitar's tone is fantastic and it projects just fine, and is great for home recording as well. I'm a big fan of alternative acoustic music as well as blues. This guitar is great for those sounds. It's size is just right. I'm 6' 1" and have fairly large hands and I manage perfect with this instrument. It's the most comfortable neck I've played on and I can play smoother than ever. I have yet to get the ES-Go pickup but I hope to eventually. Get this guitar if you want something slightly easier to travel with, can be used equally as an acoustic or acoustic electric, looks great, and holds its own with tone and overall sound. Kudos to Taylor for this outstanding idea! - Scott

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Couldn't ask for more!

By Em

from Springfield, IL


  • Excellent sound
  • Light Weight
  • Resonance
  • Stays in tune
  • Tone
  • Tuners Feel Responsive


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    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

    Just picked this up after doing a bunch of research about it online.
    I was even more impressed in person than what I was reading about it.
    I was looking at the GS Mini more in terms of affordability than anything else initially. I have never paid more than $300 dollars for a guitar, but I have been wanting something a little bit higher quality. I shopped online and did a bunch of comparisons between different Taylors and Martins, before going to a GC store to actually pick them up. I had my mind set on the GS Mini over anything Martin had to offer just from doing my homework and watching a lot of youtube reviews.

    When I actually got to pick one up, I was immediately impressed. I lurked around the showroom for about an hour, picking up several different guitars, both ones that cost about $200 more and ones that were about $500 more expensive. I played through multiple different Taylor models- including the GS mini's big sisters. Nothing really compared.

    I have always been a thumb bracketer- reaching my left thumb over to help when barring the E-- my hands are small and I've never really developed a lot of strength in my hand to do a proper bar chord. The fretboard is the perfect size for this. It also has a really good feel when sliding up the neck- very smooth and effortless.

    In the shop, I was only fingerpicking and strumming with my thumb and was still shocked about it's volume. When I got home and put a pick to it, I was blown away. It produces an awful lot of sound for something so small- definitely can hang with else on the wall when it comes to sound production.

    Over all, I'm super happy with this guitar and can't wait to keep plucking on it for years to come.

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    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


    A Taylor Is Still a Taylor---no matter how small

    By Craig

    from Beaufort, South Carolina

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    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

    Most Uke players I know took it up the Uke after learning guitar. I came to the guitar after learning the Uke (and the Mandolin), so I am used to the small bodies and fretboards. I had a Taylor 810 at one time and could barely handle it, as it was so large (and I am 6'1"). I am just more at home in the traveler sized guitars---but no compromise is involved. To me, the GS MINI sounds just as bold as my old Taylor Dreadnaught (which I traded for a Telecaster), is as well made and in mahogany, has a really sweet sound and beautiful appearance. I have only had mine a week, but have played it hard and have found no quality flaws. Oh, traveler size guitars (and this is slightly larger than that, but not quite full size) will advertise, "perfect for students or players with small hands"--but thats not all. I have hands like Frankenstein, but just prefer the smaller neck. We Uke players (shhhhhh....) are used to using our thumbs for chords and I do all my E String Barre Chords with my left thumb. Works perfectly on the smaller fretboard, but would not (and I've tried) on a dreadnaught or a full size 12 string that I have. I know we are not supposed to play chords with our thumbs, but I am not a teacher, am not passing the habit along to youngsters, and perhaps the practice will die with me. It may cost a shade more than the similar sized competing guitars on the GC wall, but it was worth it. In "Horton Hears a Who", we learned that a person is a person, no matter how small. A Taylor is still a Taylor, no matter how small.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


    Absolutely love it!

    By Nicolas Montalvo

    from Bellflower, CA

    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

    One of my students bought a mahogany GS Mini and he wanted me to play it, so I did and I was blown away by the warmth this guitar produces for a steel string guitar. The dynamics are amazing for a small body guitar. I love the shape, design, and feel of the guitar. I love the black head stock which has a classy modern design. After playing my students I decided to get me one for myself and so glad I did. I have not been able to put it down and was jamming with some friends last night and they where impressed that my mini was a loud as their full sized acoustic guitars. After playing it for a couple days I can see, feel, and hear the quality of this guitar. Playing it is like eating a home cooked meal that is prepared with a lot of love and the food tastes amazing.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


    It works like they said!


    from Thousand Oaks, CA

    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

    I needed a travel guitar for paid performing so I wasn't about to just buy a typical travel guitar. After seeing this one at a Taylor Road Show I was impressed by the sound, look and feel, also by the praise it got from a touring pro at the event. So I played it in the store and then ordered a Mahogany version for myself. It came right away in a nice protective box, with a great looking and heavy duty soft/hard case gig bag combo. The sound is big and the neck is standard sized so you don't get the awkward 'almost a real guitar' effect that you'd get with, say, a Martin backpacker or a Baby Taylor, etc. I took it on the plane to a gig in New Mexico last week and it was just right. The gig bag straps are just right comfortable and the bag is easy to handle with your hands full of luggage. The little handle on the back inside above the straps really helps and the pouch on the front will hold your cords, picks, capos, etc. plus a Tshirt or folded music. My wife isn't fond of the Mahogany look (next to my Gibson Hummingbird) but I'm fine with it. On stage it was a 'real' guitar. I plugged in for a 3 hour show and played almost 50 songs happily. The sound was excellent, no compromise at all. Get the ES-Go pickup and Vcord option, they are well worth the small extra cost.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


    Superb Deal for your $$$

    By Dan Calabrese

    from Erie, PA

    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

    Great sounding instrument. Well made with good craftsmenship through out. I'm not fond of the Elxir strings that come with it, but that's a personal preference only. I was honestly impressed with the overall sound and tone this body size can produce. It has a very warm tone and well balanced frequency range, and projects more than what you would expect. The playabilty is good all along the neck. Fretbord & fret work are very good and there is room to lower the action if you desire. Holds its tunning well even when left out of its case. The gig bag is very good quality and should do a decent job of protecting it well. I went with this model because I'm not a very tall player and a dreadnought size looks funny and feels wrong to me when playing. This guitar fits the bill perfectly. I hope they come out with one with a cutaway some time soon. Overall very impressed and would highly recommend this guitar to anyone. The Feel & Tone alone are worth the price of admission. Nice Job Mr. Taylor, well done.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


    Couldn't believe how great this guitar was when I picked it up


    from Columbia, MD

    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

    Been a guitar player for 20 years and this is my first acoustic, other than a hollow body acoustic/electric. Money wasn't an issue and I must have played over 20 guitars. The action on this guitar was incredibly low, much better than some of the guitars that were 500-700 more than this one. I think the sound of this guitar is perfect, very good low end too. The combination of low price, great action, great sound, play-ability, better than average gig bag, and a holiday coupon made this the perfect acoustic guitar for me

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


    What a cannon!

    By James Lennon

    from Darien, CT

    Comments about Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar:

    This guitar is great - nice full sound - incredible for a laminated guitar of this size. I haven't been able to put it down since I got it!

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