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DownUpDave
03-06-2018, 01:09 AM
They say confession is good for the soul.........I am a traitor.......I bought a guitar and I love it. It is a Taylor GS mini-e spruce and walnut, comes with Taylors ESB pick up.

A little background, I'll try to keep it short. About 12 years ago I attempted to learn to play acoustic guitar. I had never played any kind of musical instrument in my life, nothing in school and no one in my family played anything. So I bought a guitar took a few lessons did the internet thing and made very little progress, I was a golf addict back them so ALL my time was golf, golf, golf.

Fast forward three years ago I bought a ukulele became addicted, played a lot and actually can make music now. I still had a love for the steel string acoustic sound, bought a Blueridge tenor guitar and really enjoyed it. I kept the Larrivee L-01 I bought 12 years ago, but it is SOOO huge.

The Taylor GS mini has gotten great reviews and is a compact guitar, same size as the Blueridge but with a big guitar sound. It is comfortable for me to sit down with and play, the fretboard length and body size are quite manageable. It really does sound great and the pickup system is excellemt with a nice natural sound. Below are some pictures. One shows my Larrivee, Taylor, Blueridge tenor guitar, LFDM and Kamaka baritone ukes for size comparison .

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maki66
03-06-2018, 01:18 AM
Congratulations!!!!
You just can't go wrong with a Taylor.

SoloRule
03-06-2018, 02:00 AM
Dave is a big boy now. Congratulations
Happy to see that you finally got a proper steel strings. You don’t kid around when you said you want one !
Thank you for the comparison photo. I played my friend’s when I was in San Diego. It sounded mighty good !
I guess you are too busy to play with your uke buddies now. :(. Six strings Dave!

DownUpDave
03-06-2018, 02:05 AM
Congratulations!!!!
You just can't go wrong with a Taylor.

Thank you, I have been looking at these for a longggg time now. Glad I finally pulled the trigger

DownUpDave
03-06-2018, 02:10 AM
Dave is a big boy now. Congratulations
Happy to see that you finally got a proper steel strings. You don’t kid around when you said you want one !
Thank you for the comparison photo. I played my friend’s when I was in San Diego. It sounded mighty good !
I guess you are too busy to play with your uke buddies now. :(. Six strings Dave!

I was playing ukulele with my friends last night down at the 12th fret. Douglas Cameron put on a Joni Mitchell workshop, Tim came along

SoloRule
03-06-2018, 02:16 AM
I was playing ukulele with my friends last night down at the 12th fret. Douglas Cameron put on a Joni Mitchell workshop, Tim came along

You didn’t tell me
I waited at Stone Cottage

keod
03-06-2018, 06:08 AM
Congrats Dave! Very nice addition. Really appreciate the comparison photos. I think size is really important - it has to be comfortable. Enjoy.

Uke Don
03-06-2018, 07:22 AM
Excellent choice. IMHO, Taylor is the best in this size range. Tone and volume are top notch, not to mention construction quality. And Taylor is a company with integrity.

Alytw
03-06-2018, 12:24 PM
Awesome Dave. They are fun little guitars. Enjoy the dark side...

bunnyf
03-06-2018, 02:15 PM
Dave, I have the hog version and love it. After many years of playing uke, I found the transition to guitar not so hard. I still play uke now and then but I'm about 60% guitar now and 30% mandolin. Love those steel strings

Booli
03-06-2018, 03:48 PM
Congrats DAVE!

I had a chance to try out a few different models of the 'Little Martin', a Gretsch Jim Dandy as well as the GS Mini in a shop a few months back, and all in one sitting.

All the Martins were just 'meh' and felt overbuilt and sounded pretty dead to me, which surprised me.

The Jim Dandy also seemed overbuilt to the point if it being the guitar I'd want with me if I were a soldier deployed to the trenches, and similarly pretty flat and lifeless in tone...

But the GS Mini felt better 'out of the box' with no setup, was lighter, and projected a huge 'bubble' of sound all around me similar to when I had tried a Martin D28 sound cannon. I was VERY impressed with the GS Mini.

The sound was wonderful and easy to play, but I'd still have needed to lower the action (from 3.5mm @ the 12th) and tweak the intonation on the G string which was about 10 cents sharp after the 3rd fret, bit that's ok, since this specimen I played was literally 'just out of the box'...

Since I am still holding off on buying any new instruments now, I did not buy it at the time, but if/when I am thinking about it again, the GS Mini is going to be the first one that I look at next time.

I am glad you are enjoying your time with the new baby. :music:

DownUpDave
03-06-2018, 11:32 PM
Congrats Dave! Very nice addition. Really appreciate the comparison photos. I think size is really important - it has to be comfortable. Enjoy.

Casey thanks for the congrats. Playability has always been important to me in ukes and especially in a larger instrument like guitar.

DownUpDave
03-06-2018, 11:34 PM
Excellent choice. IMHO, Taylor is the best in this size range. Tone and volume are top notch, not to mention construction quality. And Taylor is a company with integrity.

Thanks Don, these Taylors really are a great instrument and I really do like their strong stance on ethics and sustainability

DownUpDave
03-06-2018, 11:36 PM
Awesome Dave. They are fun little guitars. Enjoy the dark side...

Hey Adam I need to get you over here to put it through its paces. It sure is a fun little guitar

DownUpDave
03-06-2018, 11:44 PM
Bunnyf......the hog version really called to me, most reviewers loved the sound of the hog version best. I went to Cosmo music and dealt with a salesman I know, trust and respect, great guitar player that gigs a lot. We played the hog, koa and he pulled out 4 spruce top minis. We decided on spruce and I asked him to play all 4 of them. He gave them all a really good work out and declared this one the best. I kept quiet the whole time but I actually picked this one as well.

DownUpDave
03-06-2018, 11:46 PM
Hey Booli brother thanks for your honest assessment of those three small bodied guitars. The Taylor gets a lot of accolades but they really do seem to deserve it.

Jim Hanks
03-07-2018, 01:29 AM
Still too big for me. :p It's amazing how small the baritones look in your comparison shots. I recently got in a Córdoba Mini and even that is a wee too big.:)

Ukecaster
03-07-2018, 03:41 AM
Yes, the GS minis are nice guits. I played guitar for over 40 years before starting with ukes 1 year ago. Recently played a spruce/rosewood GS mini at GC, and was blown away, really spectacular sound, as good or better than my previous Larrivee L-01, or longtime keeper spruce/sapele Larrivee D-02. That GS mini was an exceptional instrument, top 5% of all Taylors I've played, many costing thousands more. Went back a few days later and it was gone. Gotta agree on size. After a few months on mostly all soprano, when I picked up the Larrivee L-01 acoustic guitar, it felt so huge, like being on a different planet, even though I gig on electric guitar in our band.

bunnyf
03-07-2018, 08:49 AM
If one is patient, these can be had on the used market. Got mine in mint shape $325 locally on CL.

Rakelele
03-07-2018, 09:07 AM
Congratulations Dave, glad to see that you are firing up the love for small guitars as well!

DownUpDave
03-07-2018, 12:50 PM
@Jim Hank, it is bigger than any ukulele or guitarlele that is for sure

@Ukecaster, nice to hear you think highly of the Taylor. That is interesting that you owned a Larrivee L-01, apparently there weren't many made.

@Rakelele, Rainer your new Pono small body trez type guitar is stunning to look at, I love a sunburst. The Taylor is fairly plan looking with a mat finish but it plays and sounds nice.

kaizersoza
09-22-2018, 02:37 AM
I bought the same GS mini a few months ago and I love it, beautiful sound and projection, best £400 I have spent so far on an instrument of any kind

DownUpDave
09-23-2018, 12:48 AM
I bought the same GS mini a few months ago and I love it, beautiful sound and projection, best £400 I have spent so far on an instrument of any kind

Congratulations. I still enjoy mine very much. Taylor certainly knows how to build guitars

bariukish
09-23-2018, 04:11 AM
Just picked up on this thread so, congrats on the beautiful Taylor (and on the others, as well). As you know, I too love the full resonance and sustain that comes from steel strings. Sold my wonderful Canadian made Larrivee several years back and still plans to have my head examined soon. I still have an old Martin D2832 and a one off custom Jonathan Payne that I still drool over just looking at . Assuming that you are focusing on chord/melody style, I strongly suggest that you try Elixar Lights on your 6 strings, my favorites, for sure. If your travels ever bring you to northern Arkansas, come on by and we'll share a frosty and make some acoustic noise. KEEP ON PICKIN!

DownUpDave
09-23-2018, 12:56 PM
Just picked up on this thread so, congrats on the beautiful Taylor (and on the others, as well). As you know, I too love the full resonance and sustain that comes from steel strings. Sold my wonderful Canadian made Larrivee several years back and still plans to have my head examined soon. I still have an old Martin D2832 and a one off custom Jonathan Payne that I still drool over just looking at . Assuming that you are focusing on chord/melody style, I strongly suggest that you try Elixar Lights on your 6 strings, my favorites, for sure. If your travels ever bring you to northern Arkansas, come on by and we'll share a frosty and make some acoustic noise. KEEP ON PICKIN!

Thanks brother. If I am ever in your neck of the woods I will look you up for sure.

Swamp Yankee
09-25-2018, 04:40 AM
Elixirs do work well on GSMs, but having owned 3 of them; a mahogany, a koa, and still owning a rosewood/spruce - I can say that in my experience, the only one that sounded good with lights was the koa. The other two lost too much in volume and bass when I switched from Elixir mediums to lights. The koa also suffered a little, but the difference was slight enough to be outweighed by the improvement in playability.

DownUpDave
09-25-2018, 05:22 AM
Elixirs do work well on GSMs, but having owned 3 of them; a mahogany, a koa, and still owning a rosewood/spruce - I can say that in my experience, the only one that sounded good with lights was the koa. The other two lost too much in volume and bass when I switched from Elixir mediums to lights. The koa also suffered a little, but the difference was slight enough to be outweighed by the improvement in playability.

I have DR Rares mediums on my GS Mini spruce top. Warmed up the tone a bit, which I wanted and volume and playability are good.

S11LKO
09-30-2018, 10:02 AM
Very nice indeed Dave. One day, when I’m as rich as you, I might be able to afford a Taylor too.
Seriously, by sheer co-incidence, I played with one of your new acquisitions only this morning. Much smaller than my current guitars but very playable and a lovely bit of kit. Congratulations my friend.