Taylor GS Mini Review - Mahogany Acoustic Guitar
Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Overview
The Taylor GS Mini comes in a few different models utilizing different wood types and fall in different price ranges depending on whats being offered. The GS Mini also comes in a left handed model as well for the lefty players out there!
But we are going to take a deep look into the GS Mini Mahogany! It has a great sound for the price point it is found in and is a popular acoustic in the entry level offerings as well as travel acoustics!
Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Body
Firstly, the body on the GS Mini is a scaled down version of the Taylor Grand Symphony acoustic guitars. This is what the GS stands for in the name. The Grand Symphony acoustic guitars have a very big bold sound.
This is what the inspiration was for the Mini which for a scaled down version still packs a punch! The solid tropical mahogany top is a harder denser wood that translates into more of a brighter tone.
But the GS body style really balances out the sound. The more you play the guitar, the more the solid mahogany top will open up to develop more overtones and contribute to a richer sound.
The back and sides are made from layered sapele, this is done to keep the cost of the instrument down but looks and sounds great. Layered woods handle humid environments better and so this can be a benefit if the guitar will travel.
The body is then finished in varnish on the top, back and sides and does not have a cut away.
Taylor GS Mini Neck and Headstock
Secondly, the GS Mini neck is Taylor's patented neck design. This design is made from sapele and features an African ebony finger board with a 23.5 inch scale.
The nut width is roughly 1.7 inch wide and has a matte finish. The neck is designed to stay sturdy and remain in tune with rock solid intonation. The neck feels great when playing and is easy to get around on and play.
Being a smaller guitar, the neck would also be extremely comfortable for people with smaller hands.
The Taylor patented neck design claim is that their necks ensure lasting stability and intonation. We had no issues with the GS Mini when it came to tuning or intonation and feel that being a more worthy travel guitar.
Consequently, this feature would be extremely appreciated to those who take it with them when on the go.
Taylor GS Mini Hardware
Thirdly, the GS Mini comes with a Nubone nut and Micarta saddle. Nubone, according to Graphtec, has been designed to transfer the right frequencies more efficiently from the strings to the guitar body.
Nubone also produces more harmonics in the mid and upper ranges and responds as close to bone as you can get.
Micarta is a synthetic material that is a substitute for bone but is softer and cheaper which you will find in entry level guitars.
The die cast chrome tuning machine heads feel good and hold tune very well, we had no issues with tuning on the GS Mini. Tuning when required was quite easy.
The GS Mini mahogany does not come loaded with any electronics however, so make sure you are aware of this. For the price, it only makes sense that there would not be electronics included.
There are electronics in the higher priced GS Mini-e versions however so if you can afford to upgrade, you will find what you need there.
GS Mini Sound
So, now that you know a bit about the guitar, the question is, how does it sound? The GS Mini is a smaller body acoustic guitar and so naturally you would expect that it would lack in bass content and sound projection.
But boy that just simply is not true! This little guitar packs a punch, projects well and sounds great. Thanks to the mahogany top and the experience of Taylor's engineering, this guitar is warm, with a good mid range punch.
This acoustic guitar is a lot of fun and very hard to put down, and thanks to the small size, you may never have to as you can virtually take it with you wherever you go!
GS Mini Feel
But how does it feel? Again, the smaller size comes up as a plus! First, its light and tucks into your body so nice that it feels natural. The action on the guitar was great which made it so easy to play that the comfort level was very high!
The neck is great for people with smaller hands especially younger players. The intonation and tuning were great and so playing up and down the fret board was a great experience, the guitar just feels robust and the neck sturdy. Its no wonder this guitar is popular!
Taylor GS Mini At NAMM
The Taylor booth at NAMM was packed and rocking! We managed to grab a picture of the GS Mini while on the wall. This guitar was very popular and was being played most of the time!
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
There are many great acoustic guitars in the under $500 price range available these days that play and sound great.
The Taylor GS Mini Mahogany is one of those guitars that while an entry level guitar, is very versatile, sounds great and is small enough to be great for younger players, smaller hands and travel while providing a great sound!
This is an amazing around the camp fire guitar, or business trips for those experienced players who already have some professional acoustics.
Taylor is an acoustic guitar manufacturing pioneer and even in their entry level guitars, the quality and sound are present! We had fun with this guitar, its big balanced sound and small size make it very versatile and its very hard to put down!
The mahogany top is an excellent contributor to the great sound and for a beginner, even though its a bit expensive because its a Taylor, you wont be disappointed with this guitar, unless of course you own some more expensive Taylor acoustics!
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