Well I sold my vintage Silvertone classical and there was an empty slot in my guitar stand so that gave me a good enough reason to go out and buy another guitar. Please refer to Guitar Logic 101 if you do not understand the reasoning behind my purchase.
I wanted a small travel size guitar to replace the ol' Silvertone and had narrowed it down before I went out shopping to a Little Martin, a Baby Taylor and a Big Baby Taylor. I spent about 15 minutes playing each one and was unsatisfied with their sound. Not that it was horrible, it just wasn't what I was looking for or expected. I was also unhappy with the way the neck/fretboard was screwed onto the Baby Taylor and the Big Baby Taylor. I almost left empty handed but again, thought about that empty slot in my guitar stand and asked one of the sales clerks if they could recommend something. I told him what I had come in to see/play and my price range. He immediately started rambling on about the Taylor GS Mini and even though it was about $100 out of my range, he thought it was the perfect guitar for me. He didn't have one hanging up because they'd sold the floor model so he had to open one for me. Wow. Straight out of the box without any tweaks or tune-ups I was just floored. And, the sound that came out of this small instrument was loud and rich. I used to own a Tanglewood Evolution a while back that was in the same price range and as I strummed the Taylor I thought how much better it sounded and looked.
So I brought it home, played it a little and eased it into my stand. Now I'm at a loss though as to what excuse I'll use when I see another one that I like!
Buy another stand... ;-)
I generally don't like Taylors but those mini jumbos are brilliant sounding. I need to pick one up eventually.
You also need another guitar for open tunings. That's what I've been telling the wife.
I thought they sounded great too. And funny you should say that about Taylors because I've told people that I also have a Martin and they say they generally don't like Martins and prefer Taylors! LOL!
If you ever see a Walden T550 in your travels (pretty equivalent to the GS Mini), I'd be interested in your thoughts...
Bought one for my petite 15-year-old daughter - about $300 - I thought it compared favorably, especially for the price...
That's a nice looking guitar. Thanks for letting me know about it - now I'll have to scout around for one to try out!
You are quite welcome...here's a link to specs and stuff:
A slightly longer scale than the GS Mini (24.2" for the T550 vs. 23.5" for the GS Mini), and I think the T550 is slightly deeper - rosewood fingerboard and bridge for the Walden, ebony for the Taylor...
I bought a GS mini earlier this year. It is an awesome instrument. I honestly think it sounds better than my full size Eastman Enjoy!
I've had my GS Mahogeny for about 6 weeks now and it sounds beautiful! Would be interested to know which GS Mini model you and Lisa chose.