There's something undeniably inviting about the Taylor GS Mini's scaled-down size, yet playing just a few notes reveal the impressive voice of a full-size instrument. 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 new small-scale GS Mini-e Bass now accomplishes all of this for players who require these attributes in a bass. The GS Mini-e Bass incorporates a proprietary string set developed by D’Addario, along with a Taylor-patented dual-prong bridge pin that was designed to optimize the string break angle and produce pleasing bass notes with the shorter scale length. The result is an inviting, portable and great-sounding instrument that makes playing acoustic bass more fun and accessible to a broader range of guitar customers.
The bass features the standard GS Mini body and scale length (23.5 inches), with layered maple back/sides, a solid spruce top, new bracing, and new GS Mini-e Bass tuners in chrome. Details include a 1-11/16-inch nut width, 4mm Italian acrylic dot fretboard inlays, 3-ring rosette, matte finish, and ES-B electronics featuring an onboard preamp with tone and volume controls and built-in digital chromatic tuner with an LED display for tuning and low battery indication. Ships in a durable GS Mini-e Bass hard bag with embroidered logo - perfect for players on-the-go.
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 susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity, making it an excellent choice for players who travel with their instruments or simply require more durability.
Electronics The GS Mini-e Bass is equipped with ES-B electronics featuring an onboard preamp with tone and volume controls and built-in digital chromatic tuner with an LED display for tuning and low battery indication. The ES-B pickup system consists of Taylor's world-class ES2 pickup fine-tuned for bass strings, controlled by an ES-B preamp.
Other Features The GS Mini-e Bass is equipped with D’Addario Custom Light (.037-.050-.062-.090”) strings, featuring a multifilament core wound with D’Addario’s EXP-coated phosphor bronze wrap wire for long-lasting tone and projection. The strings were designed exclusively for the GS Mini-e Bass, and because of the instrument’s unique design features, no other strings should be used. These strings have a wonderful handfeel that's excentuated by the instrument's scale, generating plenty of depth and growl.
GS Mini-e Acoustic-Electric Bass Maple Specifications:
Body type: Taylor Grand Symphony Mini
Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & sides: Layered Maple/Poplar/Maple (figured on outer veneer)
Bracing pattern: GS Mini Bass Bracing With Relief Rout
Body finish: Matte 2.0 Varnish
Neck shape: Taylor GS Mini Profile
Nut width: 1-11/16" (42.8mm)
Fingerboard: Genuine African Ebony
Neck wood: Hard Rock Maple
Scale length: 23-1/2"
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Matte 2.0 Varnish
Pickup/preamp: ES-B for Bass
Configuration: Behind-the-Saddle Transducer with Adjustable Sensors
Preamp EQ: Volume, Tone
Feedback filter: No
Tuner: Yes - Digital Chromatic LED
Headstock overlay: Copafera
Tuning machines: Chrome GS Mini-e Bass Tuners with Chrome Buttons