Taylor GS Mini Mahogany review

The pint-sized Taylor that proves small guitars can pack a punch

Taylor GS Mini beginner acoustic guitar on a dark background
(Image: © Future)

Guitar World Verdict

They say good things come in small packages, and Taylor can certainly attest to that with the GS Mini. Not only is this scaled-down guitar super fun to play, but it also has a sound that would rival some of its larger-bodied competitors.


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    Effortless to play

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    Extremely well built

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    Very bright and articulate


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    It can be a little quiet

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At this point, the Taylor GS Mini could be considered a modern classic. It has been a little over a decade since its debut, and it's fair to say that this tiny Taylor has transcended the classification of a travel guitar to become a well-respected acoustic in its own right. With more and more players turning to smaller guitars in recent years, it's no surprise that the GS Mini would become so popular. This pint-sized guitar promises to not only deliver the impeccable build quality Taylor is famous for but also the bright articulate tone that makes them so beloved - but does the GS Mini make good on these bold claims? 

This petite acoustic guitar has had many guises since it was released in 2010, from a spruce top with rosewood back and sides to an all koa variation and many more limited edition guitars. For this review, we took a look at the Taylor GS Mini Mahogany. As the name suggests, this variant features a mahogany top, which is paired with layered sapele back and sides, as well as a sapele neck. It has to be said, just how good this guitar looks. The rich, deep hue of the mahogany top is quite striking and most definitely worthy of the Taylor name that graces the headstock. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, where he creates and maintains our 200+ buyer's guides, finds the best deals on guitar products, and tests the latest gear. His reviews have been featured in prominent publications like Total Guitar, Future Music magazine, and MusicRadar.com.

During his career, he has been lucky enough to talk to many of his musical heroes, having interviewed Slash and members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Thrice, and more. In a past life, Daryl worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, he advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

Daryl is also a fully qualified sound engineer, holding a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay.