Musical Instruments : Guitars Reviews - 3/13/2019

Musical Instruments : Guitars Reviews - 3/13/2019

Taylor GS Mini Mahogany GS Mini Acoustic Guitar , Sapele, Mahogany Top

Category

Musical Instruments, Guitars

Price

$499.00

SKU:

B007IVUOXM

Product Rating

4.8 / 5

  • 6-string Acoustic Guitar with Tropical Mahogany Top
  • Layered Sapele Back and Sides
  • Ebony Fingerboard - Natural

Love at first strum! By:
This guitar is freaking awesome! I am absolutely taken by this guitar well done Taylor. I bought this travel guitar just to play around the house so I could strap it on my shoulder and play troubadour while watching my kids play from room to room. It is nice and compact so I could just sling it onto my back and pick up my toddler if she falls down or gets into something she’s not supposed to. It surpassed my every expectation and I instantly fell in love with it. The tone is simply brilliant from such a small size guitar. Taylor really went all out in the quality and fine craftsmanship of the GS mini. The ebony fretboard and elixir strings are as smooth as velvet which makes for easy chord progressions. The only thing I would change if I could would be the nut size I have fairly fat fingers and the smaller nut size makes it a little difficult for me to get my fingering right. If Taylor would make a special edition with a larger nut size I would definitely buy that one too.
Excellent guitar for young/petite player By:
This guitar arrived very well-packed and in perfect shape. It’s for my daughter, who is a tween. Our friend who is a petite woman also owns this guitar and loves it. Was the perfect size for our daughter. Her instructor recommended this guitar, and the sound is so lovely. A great investment in music!
Nice size By:
Great sound
Fantastic little guitar! By:
Are you kidding me! For five hundred bucks! This little thing is awesome!! I bought it as my daily living room sitting on the couch guitar and am not disappointed.
Super guitar By:
Love everything about my guitar
wonderful guitar By:
The Taylor mini arrived yesterday set up prefecture and amazingly in tune, which I totally did not expect. It is a beautiful guitar and plays as well as it looks. For the price, I can't think of anything that would compare to it. I wanted something that did not have a pickup that I could play at campfires and back deck situations and this is perfect for that. Could not be more pleased with this purchase.
Taylor gs mini By:
This guitar has a great sound to it. It's very well built, all around a very nice instrument. Gave it to my son for Christmas, he loves it!
Sweet guitar! By:
I love Taylor guitars in general. The GSmini is no exception. For a small guitar, it has plenty of volume. I love the tone of the mahogany body. The action is great.
Great guitar! By:
My wife loves it!I bought the GS mini for her because she told me the standard dreadnaught was too big for her to play chords on. Has a beautiful sound to it and the frets are perfect for her tiny fingers. A+ product.
Love my guitar! By:
Beautiful sound, great size

Martin D Jr. E Right-handed - Natural

Category

Musical Instruments, Guitars

Price

$599.00

SKU:

B07C42BBX2

Product Rating

4.9 / 5

  • 6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top
  • Fishman Electronics - Natural
  • Sapele Back and Sides

Great guitar for those who would like to still have ... By:
Great guitar for those who would like to still have a all solid wood guitar experience, without the size of a full dreadnought. The box it came in could have been packed more securely, but because of its light weight and soft gig bag, the guitar arrived with no issues whatsoever. I've been a Martin guitar user for about 5 years now and this second guitar I've bought is just another affirmation to Martin's commitment to building quality guitars at any price point.
Five Stars By:
Great guitar, great service, best travel guitar around.
Hubby loves this little smaller guitar By:
My husband purchased this guitar and he LOVES IT! It fits him well. He wanted something a little smaller, to get around his... um his belly :) He has a full size Martin he loves, but it's just a little too large. He hasn't stopped talking about this guitar. He LOVES IT!!
Fitting for Any Skill Level By:
Can't say enough good things about this guitar. I've been researching and testing the Taylor GS Mini and Martin DJr for the past, 2 months. I've always been a devout, Taylor fan, but I couldn't stay away from this travel-sized dreadnought. I struggled hardcore deciding between the GS Mini and the DJr, but it ultimately came down to sound and build.The GS Mini has a solid wood top with laminate back/sides (great for durability), and Taylor's ES2 pickup system with on-board controls is quite refined compared to the initial pickup system. Taylors are usually more bright and have excellent, natural (unplugged) volume, but I've never had a problem there. The size is awesome, action is just right, as is the comparable price and on-point hard bag—which even has neck support!The DJr tends to bring out more bass and mid tones, but this is also because the guitar is all solid wood (top/back/sides). And over time, the wood will harden to eventually cause the guitar to sound even better--more mellow. Though I prefer Taylor's ES2 pickup, the Fishman Sonitone is just as good and simple, with only 2 knobs for tone and volume. What I appreciate about the 2016 model is the placement of the battery and 1/4" plug compartment. Both are located at an angled side of the lower bout. The 2015 model has the battery inside a velcro pouch, attached to the back panel, located inside the guitar at the upper bout; in time, this becomes an inconvenience to switch out. Martin has improved the gig bag for the DJr. (It was way flimsy before); but I bought the Martin DJr hardshell case anyways. I travel a lot, so I need to keep it protected.The action on the DJr is perfect (for me, at least); the sounds are crisp, clear, and smooth; I have relatively small hands so the scaling/fret distances are appropriate; and I absolutely adore the size. I've owned a Taylor 214ce, Breedlove Passport Travel, and a Martin DRS1 in the past. But for my playing style and personal preferences, the Martin DJr embodies elements from guitars I've owned previously. This is really the one and only acoustic guitar I need.By the way, I’ve experimented with balancing the tones by using Elixir HD Light Phosphor Bronze strings instead of the Martin factory strings with which the guitar were already equipped. This really brings out the higher tones, especially given that this is a dreadnought AND a Martin.Ultimately, both the GS Mini and the DJr are excellent choices. Still, I’m completely satisfied with this guitar; Martin really amped up their A-game on this model. I usually play for church and do some recreational finger-picking and jamming, so the travel-size aspect and clear-cut sound were large influencing factors.
Good box By:
Very nice good sounding very portable instrument
Five Stars By:
pretty good!
Must buy if you travel By:
Very nice, Sounds amazing!!! This thing really exceeded my expectations the fact that it is all solid wood for the price is so cool. Martin & Co. Really hit a homerun with this guitar. It really puts the Taylor 214 to shame and that is really saying something expecially because the 214 is a full size guitar. The other thing that I like about the Martin versus the Taylor Mini is that the Martin is solid wood all around and Taylor is HPL back and sides. Unless you spend extra money Taylor Mini does have a solid wood back and side guitar but you pay dearly for it and also for the 599.99 price tag that is on the Martin it also comes with a Fishman pick up system which is great for plugging in. The Taylor Mini does not have this as a standard option you can get a pickup system in it but again you pay dearly for it the price tag on Taylor is way too high the Martin Jr is just an overall great product.You should also lookup to see how Martin & Co. builds there guitars a lot of work and a long process is done on every guitar real amazing how the do it.

Taylor BT2 Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Mahogany Top

Category

Musical Instruments, Guitars

Price

$349.00

SKU:

B007CSXUNM

Product Rating

4.4 / 5

  • 6-string Acoustic Guitar with Mahogany Top
  • Layered Sapele Back
  • Sides - Natural

Very nice guitar By:
I got this for my husband he loves it sounds an plays good
It really is “Taylor” made quality. By:
Awesome sound in a compact design! My little one loves it and hopefully will stay on it. If not I love it and it is a serious instrument to include in my recoding studio.
Perfect for my 10 year old By:
Great 3/4 size guitar and fast shipping
Excellent guitar for growing musicians By:
Got this for our son because he grew out of the Ukulele. The sound on this tiny guitar is amazing and you can see the quality work put into it! Still, it's a bit big for him but he will grow into it. He can still play fine with it. Definitely worth every cent.
great for what it is. By:
great little guitar. nice playability, decent sound.
BT2: Terrific finish and a huge, mellow sound out of the mahogany top model By:
I ordered this BT2 Baby Taylor with the mahogany top because from the reviews I read here it seemed advisable to go for a mellower sound than the spruce top BT1. It is terrific! You can't believe how big a sound comes out of this 3/4 size guitar. I gave it five stars for sound and quality of manufacturer even though I sent mine back because it had what looked like darker stains on the top flanking the fretboard (see photo). I suspect these marks were actually defects in the wood rather than something that happened after manufacture. But it seemed to me that, if so, it should have been sold as a second. The vendor, Music Zoo, agreed that it should go back to Taylor. Amazon says it will take a couple of weeks to process a refund so I can reorder, but the BT2s are no longer available. Which is ok, since I decided that while I loved the BT2, and it had a great gig bag, its neck was too narrow for my 73-year-old fingers. I had trouble bending my first finger enough to get on the first fret, second string of a C chord. So I'm going to go instead with a similar-sized Teton or Fender parlor guitar with a neck at the nut measuring halfway between a classical and the BT2.
Five Stars By:
A perfect travel / all around acoustic. I get compliments from my musician friends all the time.
Workhorse with amazing parlor sound. By:
This guitar is just incredible for it's size. The mahogany top brings the low end sound quality much closer to the baby Martin while maintaining the crisp Taylor sound. Not muddy at all. The depth of sound this instrument produces is astounding. I have very fine acoustic guitars that I prefer to keep in cases so this allows me to have a guitar sitting out that I can just pick up to compose or figure songs out whenever the moment strikes. I also look forward to taking this camping and not worrying about the elements. If you have large hands this is not the right choice but small to average is no problem.
Five Stars By:
Ok
great craftsmanship; the sound of the body ages quickly as most taylor guitars do By:
came strung and ready to play. seems smaller than 3/4 size but that's great for me. I was looking for smaller. I bought this for my young girls to learn on. The tuning pegs are solid and hold a tune. I feel like I heard the body open up after a few hours of playing. It sounds much better now. It's still obviously a smaller body guitar but it's listenable. It's hard to find well built guitars this size and at the $3-400 price range. I'm very happy with the purchase. Mine came with a soft gig bag as well. I would definitely buy it again.

Taylor Guitars GS Mini Reduced Scale Grand Symphony Acoustic Guitar

Category

Musical Instruments, Guitars

Price

$499.00

SKU:

B07C42BBX2

Product Rating

4.2 / 5

  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top
  • Sapele Laminate Back/Sides
  • Reduced Scale Grand Symphony
  • Gig Bag Included

Five Stars By:
It's awesome!!!! I love it! It's perfect size for me! Love it sooooo much!
What a sound!! By:
Amazing sound from a small guitar. I saw reviews which said the guitar felt cheep, I didn't feel that at all.This is the first time I have bought a mini guitar and it is by far the best, richest sounding guitar I own.Love it
Great guitar! By:
Great guitar! Excellent sound in a small package!
Love it! By:
Absolute amazing little guitar!Bright, with decent bass for such a tiny instrument. I prefer it to my Martin HD-28 except for that deep Martin bass.I was very pleasantly suprised, and I can strongly recommend this little guy! Best $500 I ever spent! Worth it!
After 5.5 years, I still LOVE this guitar By:
It dawned on me that I've had it for 5.5 years (since March 2011), so it was time to give my thoughts. This is one of my best purchases ever. The quality on this guitar is exceptional. It looks like the day I bought it even though I play it at least a few hours per week. I get together a few times a year with some musician friends of mine. They've all given her a play and she has impressed them all. A couple of jaw drops the first time playing her. Now they fight over using it when we get together.The case is excellent. Very rugged with support for the neck and two actually useful pockets. It is the best guitar case I have actually.The sound is great and as mentioned, build quality top notch.I would get a replacement of the same guitar if I ever had to (knock on wood that won't happen!).For what its worth, I have large bear paws. (Size 13 rings too) I am fine playing the reduced scale.I can't recommend this guitar highly enough. Excellent "bang for the buck" and hey... its a Taylor. No regrets what so ever.
Great travel guitar! By:
Great little travel guitar! We are house full of Martin guitars, and after playing a bunch of travel size guitars, this was the choice. Sounds better than a Baby Taylor. Unfortunately, ours arrived with a crack, and we returned it the same day. We re-purchased a different one from a different vendor. Nice gig bag. It fits in overhead compartments on airplanes, though flight attendants have always been willing to put it in a closet up front.
A big sounding little guitar (which isn't that little) By:
A fantastic instrument at the price break! It hardly feels and sounds like a short scale. There is nothing mini about the sound. I am very glad I got it and I don't expect that to change. The bass response is the biggest surprise. If you are on the fence about getting one and especially if you have small hands, this one is a real winner.
Five Stars By:
Great sound, fine finish.
Highly recommended By:
Perfect size. Great sound. Nicw gig bag.
Fantastic lil guitar for the price By:
Fantastic lil guitar for the price! I purchased as is smaller than my full-size guitars and is much easier to travel with. Great sound, easy to play