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Taylor GS Mini
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Just picked one of these up a week ago Tuesday.I'd been looking for an upgraded acoustic to replace my little Yamaha acoustic-electric. (nice to play, but less-than-stellar sound)I needed a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary D Richard Feb 21, 2011.

Taylor GS Mini

I'm in the market for a new axe; a small-bodied acoustic.   Dropped by Guitar Center today to see if they had any of the ones I'd been researching.The Yamaha LS6 was in stock; an impressive…Continue

Started Jan 10, 2011

 

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Mark Werner replied to Christin Ellington's discussion 3 string notes, cords
"Just because the guitar has six strings, it doesn't mean you have to play all of 'em.  The essential chord is a "triad", three notes including the root, third, and fifth note of the respective scale. If you limit yourself to…"
Jul 24, 2011
Mark Werner replied to Jud Hair's discussion Passive Soundhole Pickups ... Anybody using one?
"I can't give you any specifics on the soundhole pickups....Most are electromagnetic, like electric guitar pickups.  The vibrating string excites the magnetic field and the signal is amplified.   Most of them sound like…"
Jul 12, 2011
Mark Werner replied to David Youngman's discussion Making Real Music
"Performance and performance style are highly individualistic and I don't think anyone has a lock on what works and what doesn't.  We see folks who stand like statues and others who throw themselves around the stage like…"
Jun 6, 2011
Mark Werner replied to Rahul Patwari's discussion How can I price a guitar (National Reso-Phonic Style "O" 2000)
"Don't know if this will help... I sell a lot of refurbished bicycles.  My usual practice is to take half the retail (MSRP) and then adjust up or down according to condition, desireability, etc. With guitars, you have to consider that…"
May 17, 2011
Mark Werner replied to Jesse C. Greer's discussion Martin Guitars and Truss Rods
"It wasn't that old Martins didn't use truss rods, they used a fixed, non-adjustable rod that was fitted to the neck before the fingerboard was glued on. You can see these clearly at the Frets.com…"
May 11, 2011
Mark Werner replied to Bill's discussion Cutting Through the Online/L&M the Guitar Hype
"I'll give you my standpoint from the opposite side.     I'm pretty much from the "good enough for folk music" crowd.   There are those who are, by dint of their personality, to seek perfection and…"
Apr 12, 2011
Mark Werner replied to Kelsey Hunter's discussion Ok was this repair a bad idea?
"Sounds like they did the old cheap-and-easy "repair" of filling in the nut slot (usually with glue and powdered material) to raise the action on that string. NOT what you'd expect on a quality guitar.  As said above, find the…"
Mar 22, 2011
Mark Werner replied to Ted Furcinito's discussion Taylor 414 CE
"Well, I went for the "cheap" Taylor.  I bought a GS Mini.  a mere 500.00.   Nice little axe.    It's a small-bodied instrument with laminate sapele sides and back and a solid top. The reviews on this…"
Mar 15, 2011
Mark Werner replied to Lee's discussion "opening up" a new guitar...
"Over at the "other" acoustic guitar discussion board:   http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/index.php   We had an extensive discussion on this in the "general" thread.   No firm conclusions.  …"
Mar 15, 2011
Mark Werner replied to Dan Crocker's discussion Need help identifying 2 acoustics i picked up
"There ya go...    "Mountain", according to the first hit on Google, is a 70s Japanese brand.  At that time, the Japanese were busily producing thousands of guitars, most of which were copies of quality…"
Mar 9, 2011
Mark Werner replied to Joel's discussion Affordable fingerstyle guitar
"I believe Epiphone is still making their "Masterbilt" Fingerstyle guitar as well.     I just bought a Taylor, the small-bodied GS Mini model, and it's very nice. Couldn't say how it would handle the percussive…"
Mar 7, 2011
Mark Werner replied to Dan Crocker's discussion Need help identifying 2 acoustics i picked up
"Jeez... Fuzzy pics, my man.   Hint.  Use something better than your cell-phone camera.   Take 'em outside where there's some light.  (flashes glare badly off most guitar finishes) Take a close up of the…"
Mar 7, 2011
Mark Werner replied to David T. Bailey's discussion Guitar Tab
"Good question.... It appears to be a proprietary method of using tablature notation by a certain publisher... Amazon shows a series of "best of" tab books in this form.   Can't find any explanation as to how it differs from…"
Mar 2, 2011

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
20-30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Banjo, Resonator guitar, Ukulele
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Save for the steel-string (a cheapie), all the other instruments I've made. All the others are cigar-box instruments except for the banjo which is made of PVC sewer pipe.
What type of music do you like to play?
Singer/songwriter material, folkie stuff, blues...A bit of jazzy chord-melody stuff.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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