NAMM 2020 Demo: Taylor’s new GS Mini-e Koa Plus is a short-scale guitar that doesn’t make apologies

Taylor master designer Andy Powers talks to us about the tonewood of the updated GS Mini-e guitar.

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NAMM 2020: Taylor has updated the GS Mini-E Koa with a new ‘plus’ model that sports a solid koa top and layered koa back and sides, finished in a dark Shaded Edgeburst.

It’s also loaded with ES-2 electronics for amplification, with the controls integrated seamlessly into the top shoulder of the instrument. The 20-fret sapele neck comes with an ebony fretboard, and runs at a short 23.5-inch scale-length for extra playing comfort.

The Koa, Taylor says, tends to lend “more of a controlled, sustaining ‘roll-in’ effect to a note. An all-koa guitar will produce strong fundamental focus, with a splash of top-end shimmer.”

While the new wood choice is informed by its tonal qualities, Taylor master guitar designer Andy Powers also talked to us about the brand’s approach to sourcing sustainable materials and building a foundation for the generations of acoustics to come.

The new GS Mini-e Koa joins Taylor’s many other NAMM announcements, including the Builder’s Edition range and the Baby Taylor.

The guitar lists for $999. More information at taylorguitars.com.

For more NAMM 2020 news, check out our rundown here.


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