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.

Actually, Size Really Doesn’t Matter

Bass Player Magazine listed the acoustic uBass in an online roundup of short scale basses.

Bass Player Magazine listed the acoustic uBass in an online roundup of short scale basses.

 

And the uBass is proof.

In an online roundup of short scale basses headlined “Size Matters: A Roundup of Short-Scale Basses,” Bass Player magazine mentioned the Kala uBass. Not surprising since the magazine has been a fan of the little guy from the beginning. But what is surprising is that the magazine added the uBass in with the likes of a $9,000 Alembic Stanley Clarke Standard 4 bass, a $4,800 Callowhill OBS bass and a $2,000 Birdsong Corto2 bass.

Now that’s pretty good company to be in.

Here’s a taste of what they had to say about the acoustic Mahogany uBass:

While the U-Bass is nothing like the other instruments listed here, it certainly offers a short scale and, most important, sounds just as capable as much more traditionally designed basses. Most every person that’s picked up a U-Bass remarks at the incongruity between the instrument’s big sound and tiny size.

They’re absolutely correct about the uBass. It’s nothing like the others: it’s the shortest scale, it’s acoustic, it uses polyurethane strings, it’s at the bottom of the price scale and it sounds the most like an upright of all of them.

Not to mention, the little uBass can hold its own pretty well among the other basses listed.