Taylor GS Mini-E RW – Natural Review

By The String Nation | Guitar Reviews

Taylor GS Mini-E RW G Natural Review

Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. This small-sized acoustic guitar can give you a big and full guitar tone even with its small body.

Performers and audiences alike will be surprised at the great sound of this guitar. The Taylor GS Mini-E RW acoustic guitar is a scaled-down version of the Grand Symphony body, but the sound is far from scaled down.

Because of its size, it is extremely portable and will fit in any car or trunk. It is highly durable because of its solid construction and high-quality make, meaning you can take it to the beach or on camping trips.

The GS Mini-E RW’s back and sides are made from beautiful layers of rosewood, Taylor’s Expression System 2 pickup, and an onboard tone and volume control knobs. Anytime and anywhere, you can wow people with this guitar’s fun-sized appeal and big, bold sound.


  • Body: Taylor Grand Symphony Mini
  • Back & sides: layered sapele
  • Top wood: solid Sitka spruce
  • Body finish: Matte 2.0
  • Orientation: right-handed neck
  • Bracing pattern: GS Mini with relief rout
  • Nut width: 1-11/16″ (42.8mm)
  • Neck shape: Taylor GS Mini Profile
  • Fingerboard: genuine African ebony
  • Scale length: 23-1/2″
  • Neck finish: Matte 2.0
  • Neck wood: sapele
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Great for all playing styles


Taylor GS Mini-E RW is a result of Taylor Guitars founder Bob Taylor’s challenge to his team to make a better mini-sized guitar.

Because Taylor Guitars had great success with its Baby Taylor and Big Baby Taylor guitar lines, the challenge was to improve these guitars and make a better mini-sized one that did not have a problem with sound.

The greatest difficulty with mini-sized guitars is getting a large and booming tone from a small body, and most manufacturers tend to skimp on the materials to match the preset price range.

This skimping on costs usually sacrifices the overall tone of the guitar. Taylor succeeded in producing a great small-sized guitar that does not sacrifice the tone by shrinking its traditional Grand Symphony body while updating the bracing and neck joints.

Because of the GS Mini-E RW’s small size, it is perfect for playing in different venues, and it is made to accommodate an on-the-go lifestyle. Full-voiced and incredibly fun to play, this guitar scales down the size of Taylor’s Grand Symphony body while packing plenty of bold tones and big sound.

The guitar’s tone is further improved because it has a top is made out of Sitka spruce, which is the tonewood standard of the modern era. This type of wood has a perfect balance of strength and elasticity that factors into a broad dynamic range with a crisp articulation that makes it great for any playing style.

The layered rosewood has an all-wood laminated construction made of layers of lovely Indian rosewood veneer that is divided by a layer of poplar. This method of construction enables Taylor Guitars to conserve tonewood while creating beautiful and durable instruments that are in an affordable price range.

The Taylor GS Mini-E RW also comes with the Taylor Expression System 2, which is an innovative pickup design that brings the latest in Taylor’s unending improvements in acoustic guitar amplification.

Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup is included in the Expression System 2, which consists of three distinctively positions and individually regulated pickup sensors.

Because of this type of calibration, a more energetic range of acoustic sound is captured. This system is also able to produce a brilliant amplified tone and responsiveness because of Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio-grade” preamp.

The Expression System 2 can dependably deliver the voice of the Taylor Mini-E RW guitar through a PA during concerts, into recording software during recordings, or while plugged into your choice of acoustic amplifier. The design also makes it plug-and-play friendly for both performers and sound mixers.

People who purchased the GS Mini-E RW were very pleased with its performance, and this has become the go-to guitar for professionals and hobbyists alike. It is a wonderful all-around guitar with a great playability and convenience because of its portability.


Since the GS Mini-E RW was made with the intent of packing a great sound into a small body, it doesn’t exactly come as cheap. Some people consider this a beginner guitar, and if so, its price is higher than the average beginner guitar. However, this is a kind of guitar that one can grow into.


This portable, compact guitar is great for any type of venue and all kinds of playing styles. The Taylor GS Mini-E RW acoustic guitar is definitely suited to the needs of both hobbyists and professionals alike because of its extensive dynamic range, bold tone, and affordable price.

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