Guitar publication Premier Guitar magazine has a short “quick hit” review of the new Taylor GS Mini-e acoustic/electric short-scale travel bass. While not based on a ukulele body, this 23.5″ scale instrument is on par with other small basses and longer-scale uBasses, like the Gold Tone M-Bass (23″ and 25″ scale models) and the Aquila Short Bass One (23.6″ scale).
The Taylor GS Mini-e Bass features the company’s ES-B pickup/preamp combination, layered Sapele wood construction and its Grand Symphony body shape.
According to Premier Guitar, the Taylor GS Mini-e Bass rates 4.5 guitar picks (their equivalent of stars) in every category.
The publication notes:
Unplugged, the 23 1/2″-scale Mini-e’s dry, woody timbre projects with impressive fullness and volume for small body… Plugged in, the Mini-e came to life with a punchy thump and warmth that leans towards the darker tones of an upright, but remain articulate courtesy of the pronounced midrange.
Curiously, the author has this to say about the new bass:
“The sounds aren’t tight and bright like some long-scale acoustic basses, but that’s exactly what I liked about it.”
Generally, “brightness” is a factor of the type of strings you’re using and the placement of the pickup on the instrument. For example, Roundwound strings will sound “brighter” than Flatwound strings, which will sound “thumpy.”
Still, Premier Guitar gives the Taylor bass high marks. They even have a sound clip with the review.
Taylor has a video of the bass here.
The Taylor GS Mini-e Bass seems to be a worth addition to any bass arsenal. However, at a street price of about $700, it’s not cheap. And the fact that it uses specially designed strings that Taylor recommends only be used on the bass, limits the instrument’s versatility.