Taylor Debuts a Pocket-sized Powerhouse, the GS-Mini-E Bass, at Winter NAMM 2017

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.

Taylor GS-Mini-e Bass

    • 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.

Greg Olwell
Greg Olwell

Greg Olwell is Acoustic Guitar's editor-at-large. He plays upright bass in several bands in the San Francisco Bay Area and also enjoys playing ukulele and guitar.