Taylor GS Mini-e Koa Plus


Steel-String Guitar with Pickup

A guitar that feels small in the hands, yet manages a big sound. The GS Mini-e Koa enjoys the warmth of a Hawaiian koa top and is a great choice as a high-quality travel guitar, as well as the perfect songwriting tool.

  • Body shape: Small
  • Top: Solid koa
  • X-Bracing with relief rout
  • Back & Sides: Koa
  • Neck: Sapele
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 597 mm
  • Nut width: 42,8 mm
  • Nut: NuBone
  • Bridge: Micarta
  • Machine heads: Chrome
  • Pickup system: Taylor ES-2
  • Standard strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Medium, .013 - .056 (Article Nr 185026)
  • Colour: Shaded Edge Burst
  • Includes a Taylor Luxe AeroCase
  • Made in Mexico

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available since May 2020
Item number 483250
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Model Small
Top Massive Koa
Back And Sides Koa
Cutaway No
Fretboard Ebony
Nut width in mm 42,80 mm
Pickup System Yes
Color Burst
Case Yes
Incl. Gigbag No
Design GS Mini
Frets 20
Pickups 1
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The GS Mini-e Koa gets a facelift

Travel guitars and parlour guitars can be found everywhere. These instruments are usually smaller than standard designs, which means they don't always quite measure up in terms of sound and looks. With the GS Mini, Taylor has created its own product category: Smaller and easier to handle than a normal-sized guitar but with a fuller-sized body than a travel guitar and, most importantly, a sound that makes no compromises. Taylor makes all this possible by combining a relatively large but still easy-to-handle body with a solid top, which in the case of the GS Mini-e Koa Plus is made of stunningly grained koa wood. And as if that wasn't enough, it is also equipped with Taylor's ES-2 pickup system as standard (an upgrade compared to the normal Koa version). What is more, the GS Mini-e Koa Plus features machine heads in an improved design.

The little twin brother

The Taylor GS Mini-e Koa is a scaled-down version of the Taylor GS and gets its round, voluminous appearance from the same model. It features a scale length of 23.5" - a full 2" (five centimetres) shorter than that of full-sized instruments - and a top made from beautifully grained Hawaiian koa wood (which on the Plus version comes in an attractive "Burst" finish). The guitar's "Relief Route" and sophisticated X-bracing system ensure a rich and dynamic sound. The back and sides are made from laminated wood with an outer layer of koa. The sapele neck is joined to the body using Taylor's proprietary screw joining system, and like all Taylor models the guitar features an ebony fingerboard. This combination of woods gives the GS Mini-e Koa a deep sound that retains its presence by emphasising the upper midrange, making this a well-balanced guitar that lends itself equally well to both fingerpicking and strumming.

Great sound even on the road

Guitarists who are truly passionate about the instrument don't want to leave theirs behind when they travel - and that is where the Taylor GS Mini-e Koa Plus is ideal. Its scale length of just under 60cm makes it pleasantly compact and provides unparalleled playing comfort. Other travel guitars may be significantly smaller - they may even fit into a rucksack - but players who are truly serious are relucant to compromise when it comes to their sound. Despite its name, the GS Mini-e Koa Plus has a full, rich sound that can compete with that of an OM model. And the scope of delivery also includes a sturdy soft case for when you DO hit the road.

About Taylor Guitars

Taylor Guitars was co-founded by Bob Taylor in California in 1974 and from the outset specialised in the construction of high-quality acoustic guitars. By focusing on state-of-the-art manufacturing methods and very high standards of quality, Taylor Guitars has made it into the top echelon of fine guitar makers. Names such as Taylor Swift, Leo Kottke, Prince, David Gilmour, and former US President Bill Clinton are a testament to the popularity of the instruments, which are also reputed for their playability. The creation of a second workshop in Mexico has meant that Taylor guitars are also in the mid-priced segment.

Perfect for those living room jam sessions

It goes without saying that travel guitars are made for travelling, and the Taylor GS Mini-e Koa Plus's handy size and robust laminated construction make it ideal for doing just that, no matter whether you end up playing it in front of the campfire at a beach party or in front of the fire at your chalet. That is not all, however: The GS Mini-e Koa Plus is great wherever and whenever you need to have a compact-sized guitar to hand - reclining on the sofa (don't try THAT with a dreadnought!) or at your desk for a quick songwriting session. What is more, the enhanced pickup that this model boasts compared to the standard version means that it is perfect for use on stage.

In the spotlight

Ruxandra 30.03.2022
This is a dream guitar. I love the small and compact design. It has a strong and vibrant sound.


Extremely Playable, Wonderful Sound
ARMLV 04.06.2021
It is expensive, yes. But it is the best guitar I have, no doubt. Superb quality in every detail.
For an acoustic it is extremely fun to play even for an amateur such as your humble narrator. The short scale makes it also very handy to just grab and use on the couch for example.
Despite its small size, it has a warm, full tone but not lacking the bright ring that makes you love it. I am not sure how far it projects sound but for room playing it is quite loud.
They give you a special travel case with this one, which is light, yet very hard. Apart from the zipper, which is a bit rough and skips it is exactly what you need when you travel. I have no doubt the quitar is very well protected.
Ah, last but not least, it is BEAUTIFUL.


Best guitar yet
Taylor gs mini 24.03.2022
Love it..amazing sounding guitar..
Taylor got this down to perfection..thanks I couldn't be happier.


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Mehr als eine Reisegitarre
Harry100 04.10.2022
Ich hatte auf einer anderen GS Mini von einem Kollegen bei einem Auftritt spielen können und war sofort begeistert. Ich habe dann alle GS Mini Modelle getestet und fand den Sound der Koa am besten. Weil ich auch viel live spiele, wollte ich das ES 2 Pickup system und habe mich dann für die teurere Koa plus entschieden. Der Sound ist begeisternd und führt immer wieder zu Überraschungen. Wenn mich andere Musiker etwas irritiert fragen warum ich denn "so eine kleine" gekauft habe, ändert sich sofort alles wenn sie den Sound der Gitarre hören.
Ich habe auch schon das ES 2 benutzt und bin auch damit zufrieden. Was mich etwas stört ist das die Drehpotis für Bass, Treble und Volume nirgendwo einrasten und sich immer ganz schnell wieder verstellen wenn man die perfekte Einstellung gefunden hat. Ich nehme aber an, dass dies dann wohl auch die anderen Taylor Gitarren mir Pick up betrifft.