Guild Debuts New Travel Bass

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Guild’s new Jumbo Junior Acoustic/Electric Travel Bass. Photo: Guild Guitars

Guild Guitars at Summer NAMM introduced an acoustic/electric travel-sized, short-scale bass. The oxymoronically (is that even a word?) named Jumbo Junior Bass is a 23 3/4 inch scale four-string bass in the company’s Westerly Collection of guitars and basses.

The company says the Jumbo Junior Bass features a Sitka Spruce top and arched Flame Maple back, with a Maple neck and Ebony fingerboard.

Guild notes:

We chose a solid Sitka spruce top and arched flamed maple back to mirror the tonewoods that have been used in upright bass construction for centuries, resulting in a clear, tight bass tone that is impressive for its reduced size.

The Specs include:

Scale: 23¾″
Body Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Body Back and Sides: Layered Flamed Maple
Bracing: Scalloped Sitka Spruce
Rosette: MOP and ABS Ring
Finish: Satin polyurethane
Body Binding: Cream ABS
Top Purfling: Black and White ABS
Neck: MapleNut Width: 1 5/8″ / 41mm
Nut Material: Bone
Fingerboard: Ebony
Fingerboard Inlays: 5mm MOP Dots
Frets: 19
Tuning Machines: Guild Closed Gear Bass, 18:1 Ratio
Hardware Finish/Plating: Chrome
Truss Rod: Dual Action
Bridge: Ebony
Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/8″ / 54mm
Saddle: Bone
Bridge Pins: Ivory Colored Plastic with Black Dot
Strings: Coated Phosphor Bronze Nylon Core .037-.090
Endpin: Endpin Jack
Pickguard: Tortoiseshell
Pickup: Guild AP-1 Active Acoustic Piezo Pickup
Case: Guild Deluxe Gig Bag

Check out Guild’s video of the new bass HERE.

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Premier Guitar Looks at the Taylor GS Mini-e Bass

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The new Taylor GS Mini-e short-scale travel bass. Photo: Taylor Guitars

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.