Submitted September 2, 2013 by Andrew B
"Taylor GS Mini Mahogany"
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What can I say, this is a great little guitar. I bought this to replace a Big Baby Taylor I recently sold. My BBT was a 2002 model and thus had aged to a very nice mellow sound. I would say that the BBT was louder, but this GS mini has a more balanced tone. I played this model and a spruce topped at a local shop before ordering...the Mahogany blew the spruce away! Has a more balanced tone, and isn't as bright or twangy as the spruce topped cousin. The case is superb for a soft case, and I love the back pack straps. Has a thick +1" padding all the way around, plas a nice padded neck support. The neck is incredible as with all taylors with the NT neck. Its comfy and very fast and easy to play. The shorter scale takes all of two mins to get used to. The finish is a matte finish, not a huge fan, but it is growing on me. If it wasn't Mahogany, I would hate the finish. But I works well with the wood gaining. Mine came with an almost flamed Mahogany top...probably due to it being tropical Mahogany? My only gripe is the lack of binding. The edging on this guitar has a pretty sharp edge. Plus without binding it's not protected well. Not the end of the world, and considering the price point it's not unacceptable. My other grip is the cheapo plastic bridge pins...expected...but would have been nice if it came with Ebony pins to match the ebony bridge. I put some factory taylor ebony pins with abalone dots in and it looks fantastic. The tuners are ok, but could be just a hair better. I believe that they are a different gear ratio than the higher model taylors. I think that the tech that taylor has developed for the gs mini is going to be the future for parlor/travel guitars. I think if they could start building solid wood models with bindings and maybe their ES system, they would dominate all aspects of the travel guitar venue. Maybe make a GS Mini premium. All in all I find myself playing this guitar the most out of my collection. I have a Blueridge BR-160(favorite), a 1971 Martin D-28, and a vintage all flamed maple Goya Classical. The GS Mini is very versatile, and the sound just seems to be getting better day by day as I play. I would definitely recommend a GS mini to anyone looking for couch guitar, but wants something that sounds better than a cigar box with a neck and strings. Not much out their that can compete with the sound of the GS mini, as it sounds almost as good as my full sized dreadnought. LOVE the pay as you play option. Makes it so ANY musician can afford to get decent gear! Thanks Zzsounds!!!
Played guitar for 20yrs, couch strummer
rock, folk, finger style-bluegrass
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