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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Taylor GS Mini Mahogany incoming today...

reverend mikey
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Jan 11th, 2019 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

I picked up one of these used on Reverb for a good price...

...gotta love the name "GS Mini" - which is short for "Grand Symphony Mini"... kinda like "Jumbo Shrimp"!

I'll give a review after I get a chance to check it out. I've played a few of these in stores (actually found several lefties to try), and was impressed with the sound for size. I'm not expecting angelic tone, but it will work great as a travel or knock around guitar.

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Jan 11th, 2019 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I loved the one I had but liquidated it in my move south. I get that a lot of people don't like the neck, I was fine with it. That guitar rumbled against the belly and made a big sound. Mine had the sitka top and I can't remember the back and sides, maybe sapele?

Hmmm, from Taylor's website: "The GS Mini is not in production at this time."

Maybe for this specific model??

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 01:30 PM, Jan 11th, 2019)

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Jan 11th, 2019 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've had one (mahogany) for several years now and love it. It stays at the eastern shore house and it's always in tune when I pull it out.

A very nice guitar, despite its small size and short scale. It doesn't boom like a dred, but it sounds a whole lot better than the Baby Taylor.

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Jan 11th, 2019 01:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wasn’t aware of the GS Mini, I was thinking it was type of Mini. I had the Martin kitchen counter version, it was OK, the high pressure laminate Koa sounded better the the HPL Spruce. I borrowed a Mini when I had to go to California for training. I wasn’t impressed, seem like the intonation was off.

Traded the Little Martin in on the Yamaha Parlor, solid top, sounds good. Every time I pick it up I smile.

I prefer small guitars.

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Jan 11th, 2019 01:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a Koa body one and its a monster for a small guitar

I've been playing it in open d and the onboard electronics are good i've recorded with it and it sounds pretty sweet a good representation of the actual guitar tone and timbre

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Jan 11th, 2019 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree. Plugged in, it sounds like a full-up coustic.

reverend mikey
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Jan 11th, 2019 11:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

(Full disclosure this info is also posted in the Lefty Forum...)

The Taylor GS Mini arrived this afternoon - in one piece in spite of how beat up the box was! It looked like it had been kicked across the UPS facility, then thrown into the truck, out of the truck, and at my secretary when it arrived at my office this afternoon! In a cheapy box and Taylor's (well padded, fortunately) gig bag, no less!

It had the deadest strings on it that I've heard or seen on a guitar in a long time...wow. Guess I change my strings more often than some folks...

BUT, there were some bonuses in the gig bag pocket: a Snark tuner (w/dead battery - but it works now); a Shubb capo (nice!); a set of strings...and two room key cards for a Super 8 Motel somewhere in southern California (I assume - that's where this shipped from)!

I noticed the action was a tad high - this being a low end instrument, I doubt it ever got a serious set up (although Taylor does a pretty good job from the factory). I did a quick run over the nut slots with my files, just to clean them up, but pulled the saddle and sanded off about 1/16". Much better. Might lower the nut slots a little more later, but I was pressed for time tonight.

Put on a set of Martin Retro Tony Rice strings, and changed out the high E and B for a 14 and 18 gauge (because these have a short scale of 23 1/2"). This thing came to life! What a transformation from those thumpy dead strings! (I wonder if they were the originals that came on the guitar? "This guitar doesn't sound good anymore; I guess it's time to sell it...")

I'm truly impressed by the tone and volume this little guitar can put out. The only place where it's a little shy of "great" is on the low E string open - the short scale and smaller body just can't quite create that low E thump...but from the G note on up, it's pretty good.

It's kinda purdy, too. Almost looks like koa on top (but it's hog):

Other pics in profile

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Feb 7th, 2019 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

That’s very nice, Mikey.

I’ve been thinking on getting a Mimi e. I have a Breedlove Stage Concert because I thought I might be able to use it in our church band. Not so. It’s beautiful, sounds great, I bet I’ve played it all of 10 times since I bought it new in 2017. When I get back on my feet in a month or so, I’ll put it up for sale. I would like a smaller size acoustic I can play...on the couch or in my music room/ office. I do want electric.

I’m a Tele/Strat player, and have never been able to like the big bodied guitars. When I see the video of the Mini e on Sweetwater’s site, that guitar looks tiny or the guy playing it is real big.
Thanks for your review.

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