Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar

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Designed to be the ultimate musical companion, wherever you go or stay.

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.

Tone Woods
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. Sitka Spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. 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 succeptible 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.

  • Body type: Taylor Grand Symphony Mini
  • Cutaway: No
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • 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

Order a small-sized guitar with a full-size sound.


GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar Specifications:

  • 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 Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Great Value


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Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar has a shorter scale than regular sized guitars. Hence its slightly narrower nut. The guitar is outfitted with 13 guage Elixir coated strings. Elixirs are a matter of taste and not necessarily mine. I changed to Ernie Ball uncoated 12 guage strings and found that I lost nothing in volume and gained quite a bit in playability, especially fingerpicking. That said with this adjustment, the guitar projects the Taylor bell like tone almost as well as Taylors costing three times the price. Given its light weight and smaller size, it is a pleasure to play. This is a great value, well worth the higher price than the Big Baby. Also came with a very classy Gig Bag. A winner!

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


GS Mini is amazing!


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Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

Yes, the Mini has a smaller nut width, and yes, it has medium strings. IMO, in no way do these things justify a rating of 1. This is a fantastic guitar that plays and sounds truly amazing. My Martin D-28 has the same nut width and medium strings, and I don't have any problem at all fretting notes or playing it. Some people may prefer light strings and a wider nut and that's fine, but that shouldn't make this guitar a non-contender.

Several people have played this guitar and commented that it felt like it played similarly to a guitar equipped with light strings. This guitar truly is special.

(4 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Taylor missed the boat on the GS mini....


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Comments about Taylor GS Mini Spruce and Sapele Acoustic Guitar:

Taylor really missed the boat on this one!

Most all Taylors have a 1 3/4" fretboard width at the nut. The new mini is only available in a narrow 1 11/16" nut width.

This short scale guitar is made for use with thicker medium gauge strings that are about the same tension as a light gauge strings on a regular Taylor. That's great, but on a narrow fretboard, these heavier, thicker strings means clearance between the strings and making it harder to fret cleanly without adjacent strings. Don't expect this to be as "playable" as your 814ce or 714ce with 1 3/4" nut width-- the mini is NARROWER and that 1/16th of an inch makes a BIG difference in "playability".

This guitar has awesome tone for a smaller "travel" size guitar. With an option for a 1 3/4" or 1 13/16" nut width to accomodate the THICKER medium gauge strings this could have been a >KILLER< fingerstyle guitar --- short scale for reduced tension with the heavier strings providing a "woodier" "meatier" tone along with easier fretting/playability.

I have several Taylor's, but I WON"T be adding this one to my collection. My shortscale Seagull solid wood folk is about as portable as the mini with comparable tone.

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