by Greg Olwell
Taylor launched a companion to its popular GS-Mini series, the Taylor GS-Mini-e Bass at NAMM 2017. This four-string bass mates a short-scale bass neck to a Grand Symphony body. Though almost ten-inches shorter than a standard acoustic bass guitar’s scale, the GS-Mini-e Bass feels, and more importantly, sounds, like a bass. The onboard electronics will help you be heard onstage or at jam sessions.
Part of the magic that makes the Mini-e Bass work are the D’Addario strings developed especially for this bass. The strings have a phosphor bronze winding, giving them a familiar feel, but have a synthetic core, somewhat similar to a classical guitar string. This design gives the string the qualities it needs to produce a big, round tone in a scale-length that many guitarists will find comfortable.
- Grand Symphony shape with solid Sitka spruce top and laminated sapele back and sides
- 23-1/2-inch scale sapele neck with ebony fingerboard
- ES-B pickup/preamp combo
- NuBone nut and Micarta saddle
- D’Addario coated Phosphor Bronze strings with a synthetic core
- Hard bag
- $918 (MSRP)
Check out the rest of our Winter NAMM 2017 coverage.