Premier Guitar Looks at the Taylor GS Mini-e Bass

Taylor GS Mini-e Bass

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.

Spotted

Saw an ad for the Solidbody uBass in the June 2011 digital issue of Premier Guitar magazine.

It’s nice to see some recognition of the bass in a guitar mag. To their credit, unlike some other guitar mags, Premier Guitar usually has at least one article on a bass or some bass gear in every issue.

CLICK HERE for a PDF of the ad.

Premier Guitar Awards uBass 4 Picks

The August 2010 online issue of Premier Guitar magazine has a nice, comprehensive two page review of the Kala uBass. They even include three sound samples.

PG loved the uBass and gave it four out of five “picks.” The review covers all the major aspects of the uBass in an intelligent and thorough manner.

For example, they have this to say about the uBass’s versatility:

Experimenting with the U-Bass, I quickly found that despite its simplicity, this is not a one-sound axe. Both where you pluck the strings and how you pluck them makes a real difference. Think fat, old doghouse bass. Think funky ’60s R&B. It all depends on your finger technique. And the closer to the neck you play, the deeper the tone and rounder the attack. Likewise, when you get closer to the bridge, the tone gets more plunky and bright.

The author of the review, Dan Berkowitz, even took the uBass out to a few gigs, to see how it would perform in “the real world.” It passed his test with flying colors.

Read the review and listen to the sound samples here.