Taylor GS Mini-e Koa - Natural

6-string Acoustic-electric Travel Guitar with Solid Koa Top, Koa Back and Sides, Sapele Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and ES2 Electronics - Natural
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Exotic Mini Acoustic-electric Guitar

If you've been waiting for the perfect Taylor GS Mini-e, the Koa acoustic-electric guitar is the one. Desired for its island sun resonant warmth and beautiful looks from the soul of a Polynesian paradise, the Koa-FLTD features a solid koa top and layered koa back and sides - one strum and you'll be swept away in an ocean of tone. And thanks to the Taylor GS Mini-e body size of the Koa acoustic-electric guitar, you'll play it from campfire to family wedding to coffee shop gig.

Taylor GS Mini-e Koa Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • GS Mini body shape gives great sound in a mini package
  • The rich sound and look of Hawaiian koa: a tonewood like no other
  • Taylor's Expression System 2 delivers incredibly natural sound with full dynamics
GS Mini body shape gives great sound in a mini package

The award-winning GS Mini was designed to be the ultimate musical companion, wherever you go - or stay. Inspired by the big, bold sound of Taylor's GS body shape, the Mini scales things down without skimping on sound, packing a ton of tone into a comfortable travel size and giving you a guitar that's full voiced and incredibly fun to play. At Sweetwater, we think of the GS Mini as a modern-day parlor guitar, perfect for playing around the house but also built to fit an active lifestyle.

The rich sound and look of Hawaiian koa: a tonewood like no other

Koa is a treasured tonewood only found on the Hawaiian islands. Prized for its combination of warm tone and beautiful looks, this Taylor GS Mini has an all-koa body that combines the midrange richness of mahogany with the sparkling top end of maple. The GS Mini body style further enhances the wide-ranging tone and excellent balance, and because of the solid top, the Koa Limited's tone will become richer and more complex as the years go by.

Taylor's Expression System 2 delivers incredibly natural sound with full dynamics

Traditionally, acoustic-electric guitars have employed under-saddle piezo transducers, but Taylor goes about it a bit differently. Their Expression System 2 uses a proprietary pickup behind the saddle. The pickup's three individually calibrated, precisely positioned piezo-electric sensors respond organically to the instrument's acoustic energy as it's transferred through the saddle. In concert with Taylor's custom-designed preamp (which delivers a 25% hotter signal), the result is a natural acoustic sound with incredible dynamic range and responsiveness to your pick or finger attack. Sweetwater's guitar gurus are mightily impressed with Taylor's Expression System 2. Whether you're onstage through a PA, plugged into an acoustic amp, or direct into recording software, the ES2 faithfully conveys the voice of a Taylor guitar.

Taylor GS Mini-e Koa Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Solid koa top sounds as beautiful as it looks
  • Layered Hawaiian koa back and sides give you wonderful tone and structural integrity
  • Sapele neck with ebony fingerboard gives you a comfortable, toneful playing experience
  • No pickguard - show off all that beautiful koa grain
  • ES2 pickup designed by the same people who built your guitar
  • 5mm dot fretboard inlays, chrome tuners, and 3-ring rosette accent without over bearing the koa grain
The GS Mini-e Koa is an exotic guitar, perfect for travel.

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Tech Specs

Series GS Mini
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape GS Mini
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Varnish
Top Wood Solid Koa
Back & Sides Wood Layered Koa
Body Bracing X-Bracing with Relief Rout
Neck Wood Sapele
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 23.5"
Tuning Machines Die-Cast Chrome
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq/Micarta
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Length 17.6"
Body Width 14.3"
Body Depth 4.4"
Overall Length 36.6"
Electronics ES2
Strings Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium
Case Included GS Hard bag
Manufacturer Part Number GS mini-ES2-Koa

Customer Reviews

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GS Mini-e Koa

Great guitar, this is my second GS Mini (the other one is Mahogany). These are very good travel size guitars that think they are full size. Excellent ton and build quality, perfect setup right out of the box. The Koa is beautiful, and I like the ES2 system better than the ES Go in the Mahogany. Even the padded soft case that Taylor uses for the mini is top quality. I did change the strings to custom lights (.11), that us my preference on my acoustics.
Music background: Hobby player for many years
5/5

Big Taylor Tone Yet Mini Travel Size

Pulled it out of the Box a month ago. Thought how beautiful it looked. Then strummed it and picked a bluesy riff. Wow!!! The tone was big. It sounded like a Taylor. It has a big full tone. I now carry it everywhere I go. I have entertained Doctors and their staff. Customers in waiting rooms. And most important of all myself. I am totally in awe the tone that comes out of this little KOA GSMINI-e.
Music background: Singer Songwriter
5/5

KOA, what a fantastic choice

I am blown away by this guitar. First and foremost I have to give a shout out to my sales engineer, Aaron Regenold. I had by telling Aaron for a while that I wanted one of these bad boys when he could get his hands on one. Aaron called me last week and let me know that he had one and he had picked what he thought was the best top of the bunch. Let me tell you, the top that I received is the most beautiful grain pattern I have seen on one of these. In regards to the guitar, its a GS mini which is an epic instrument. It has the ES2 system which is ridiculous, it has a solid KOA top, and it ships in an awesome gig bag. I haven't played the spruce or mahogany but this thing sounds fantastic. I primarily use a capo on the 1-3rd fret and haven't had any issues. The tuning pegs seem to be doing a lot better job than I had previously heard. Overall I would say that this guitar could easily cost over $1,000 for the fact that its solid KOA top, and that its an awesome all around guitar. Havent plugged it in yet but I would imagine the tones you can get with the ES2 would be superb. Buy it if you can get your hands on one!
Music background: Okay guitar player, nothing special
5/5

Worth it!

Just got this guitar not to long ago and it is gorgeous and has such a big sound I love it sooo much!!!
5/5

Great Guitar, Great Shopping Experience!!!

Chris Carter... A million thank yous. I was nervous about buying this online but because Chris was so terrific in guiding me thru the process and answering my questions, I felt confident I would be satisfied with my purchase and if any problems might arise, they would be taken care of.Well, zero problems first of all. And more importantly, I am so happy with my new guitar! I'm a small person with small hands so the mini Gs is a perfect fit for me. Because of the scale length, I have no problem bending the strings. The intonation the entire length of the neck is perfect. I can't say that about the Martin Dred junior, which I also considered for a time. , the miini Taylor is so easy to play and despite the travel size, it sounds big. Finally, the Koa is just GORGEOUS... Even the neck on mine has beautiful markings.Thanks Chris Carter and Sweetwater
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Taylor, Taylor 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Taylor Acoustic / Electric Guitars