Taylor Guitars 50th Anniversary GS mini Rosewood SB | Review

Published 1 week ago on June 3, 2024

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Taylor Guitars 50th Anniversary GS mini Rosewood SB | Review
MSRP: (UK) £899 / (US) $899

Taylor helps celebrate half a century of incredible craftsmanship with an exquisite limited-edition model: The Taylor 50th Anniversary GS Mini-e Rosewood SB LTD. This compact guitar features a solid Sitka spruce top paired with layered rosewood back and sides, producing a rich, resonant tone that belies its small size. The satin-finished sunburst adds a touch of vintage elegance. Equipped with Taylor's ES-B electronics, the GS Mini-e offers clear, natural, amplified sound and convenient onboard tuning. The comfortable, shorter scale length and compact body make it perfect for travel or small hands, without compromising on sound quality. With its blend of portability, premium materials, and exceptional tone, the Taylor 50th Anniversary GS Mini-e Rosewood SB LTD is a fitting tribute to Taylor's legacy. Sam Bell reviews.

In this review, I'll be looking at a larger-than-life-sounding Mini Acoustic that packs a punch, not only tonally but also visually and in terms of quality. To commemorate Taylor Guitars' 50th anniversary, they have revamped the best-selling GS Mini with a fresh look and added visual touches.
The 50th Anniversary GS Mini-e Rosewood SB LTD features a torrefied Sitka spruce top paired with layered Indian rosewood back and sides, serving up a warm, played-in character to go with its bold projection and balanced tone profile. With its scaled-down Grand Symphony body shape and hand-friendly 23-½-inch scale length, this limited-edition GS Mini delivers unmatched playing comfort without sacrificing rich tone.

Celebratory aesthetic upgrades include a striking vintage sunburst top color treatment, a distinctive fire stripe pickguard, diamond fretboard inlays, gold tuners, ebony bridge pins with gold dots, and a commemorative interior label. It comes equipped with ES2 electronics and ships with a tan structured gig bag.

Out of the bag, the guitar looks stunning. Pictures never do these beautiful guitars justice; hopefully, you can see in our video that this guitar oozes style. It feels super solid, as expected from Taylor Guitars. The wood smells amazing out of the case. Already, it feels like a guitar that will spend its life with you; it'll age beautifully.

Straight out of the case, it was in tune and ready to go. The action felt great, no buzzes, nothing sticking out unnecessarily; it felt very smooth to play. Upon strumming a few open chords, I was very surprised with the clarity and size that this small guitar projects. In the room, single-note melodies and chords resonated; it felt both warm and clear to play. Chords felt well balanced, playing around the neck felt very natural as well. Notes resonate in all the places you'd want to play a note (or a cluster).

For the video portion of this review, we filmed most of it direct to desk via the guitar's ES2 electronics, which feature basic Bass, Treble, and Volume controls. I left these all flat for the recording. This system sounds fantastic to my ears; there is nothing plastic or clinical about it. It felt very natural and seemed to translate the guitar's balanced sound directly to the PA. At the end of the video review, we did mic it up loosely with a condenser mic so you can get at least one impression of how this guitar may sound mic'd up.

It's a beautiful instrument; however, if the Sunburst isn't for you, it's important to note that there are 10 other models as part of this GS Mini series, all featuring unique woods and variations on the basic GS Mini layout. There's a particularly cool 'Year of the Dragon' GS Mini that I recommend taking a look at on Taylor's website.

So if you're in the market for a small acoustic guitar that you can go out and gig with, a friend on the journey of music, Taylor's 50th Anniversary GS Mini series is well worth checking out at a store near you. High-quality instruments, no compromise, and no comparison in my book!

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