If you've been waiting for the perfect Taylor GS Mini-e, this koa model is the one. Desired for its resonant warmth and beautiful looks from the soul of a Polynesian paradise, the GS Mini-e Koa 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 smaller body size of this koa acoustic-electric guitar, you'll comfortably play it from the studio to the stage. The GS Mini-e features Taylor's renowned ES-B pickup system, with tone controls, a built-in tuner, and a low-battery indicator. so you never have to worry about losing power in the middle of a gig.
The award-winning original GS Mini was designed to be the ultimate musical companion. Inspired by the big, bold sound of Taylor's Grand Symphony (GS) body shape, the Mini scales the GS body 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 Guitar World, 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.
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 all-koa back and sides that offer the midrange richness of mahogany along with the bright top end of maple. And the layered koa back and sides provide superior resistance to changes in humidity from one environment to another — a must-have for many of Guitar World's traveling musicians. The GS Mini body style further enhances the wide-ranging tone and excellent balance, and because it has a solid top, the Mini-e Koa's tone will become richer and more complex as the years go by.
Traditionally, acoustic-electric guitars have employed under-saddle piezo transducers, but Taylor goes about it a bit differently. Their Expression System-B 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. Guitar World's guitar gurus are mightily impressed with Taylor's Expression System-B. Whether you're onstage playing through a PA, plugged into an acoustic amp, or running direct into recording software, the ES-B faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar.