I had the pleasure of picking up Taylor GS Mini Mahogany and playing around with it for a while and this is the review I came up with.
As soon as I've seen this guitar, I knew it must be something special. It's design is amazing and the whole guitar looks very professional, but what about the sound and playability, that's what you're wondering about, right?
I'll get to it in a moment, don't worry!
This review covers:
- Sound (videos included)
- It's playability
- User reviews
- Is it worth the money
Okay okay, let's start with the sound.
Taylor GS Mini's Sound
Just like the Martin LX1E, this is a travel-sized guitar and my expectations weren't too high sound-wise. Despite my naive expectations, Taylor GS Mini's sound was rich & full and it honestly changed my perspective on travel guitars.
Before playing this travel guitar, I only played the Martin LX1E and wasn't too happy with it's sound, that's why I thought: "Oh, I guess travel guitars aren't meant to sound amazing...". Boy, was I wrong!
This guitar has a nicely balanced sound with warm and clear tones.
I was impressed by it's volume and resonance. If I heard someone playing it but didn't see the guitar, I would guess it's a normal sized guitar. It's a full and resonant sound, but balanced very good!
Warm or bright?
This is 100% a warm sounding guitar but we have a solution for those of you who prefer bright tones - this model also comes with a Sitka Spruce top which will give you just that.
The GS mini guitar has sound warm just enough so it doesn't sound muddy but still preserves the crispiness.
Let's take a quick look at it's materials and how it affects the sound.
Top (Soundboard): Solid Mahogany. Reason for the warm tone.
Back and Sides: Layered Sapele
Headstock: The chrome tuners are nothing special but they felt fine to use and felt solid.
Nut and saddle: Made from Nubone – a synthetic material that emulates bone.
It's usually hard to judge a guitar's sound through videos, but I found one that represents the sound very well. This one should give you a better understanding of how this guitar sounds.
I really like the playability of GS Mini and this is a guitar where it just feels nice to play it naturally, you don't have to try to force anything.
The action here is actually very good which is not something you'd expect from a travel-sized guitar.
For my taste, I would still lower it a bit, but it wouldn't be a big adjustment.
Click the link below to read some user reviews. This is always a good idea to do before buying anything, it's best to get several people's opinions, not just mine.
Is it worth the money?
Yes, 100%. This is something I rarely say about any guitar but this one is really a good choice.
The main reason Taylor GS Mini is so cheap is it's size. If you don't mind a smaller guitar, then I'd say definitely go for it.
I actually couldn't believe I was playing a mini guitar. The sound, again, is very resonant and well balanced, much more than you'd expect from a guitar in this price range.
There is one thing I don't like about this guitar though, and that is the red pick guard. I just personally don't like it, but if that's not an issue for you, then great!
Most important thing is that it plays nicely and produces a great sound.
To be honest, I usually prefer Martin's over Taylor's guitars, but in this case I just have to ignore my personal preference.
I previously did a Martin LX1E review but didn't like it much, I would pick GS mini any day.
I hope you found this review useful and I'm leaving the link below for you to check it out on Amazon.