Sam is one of our content writers, as well as being our resident southpaw and synth enthusiast. Two manufacturers naturally emerged as leaders in the category – so we thought we’d compare them. Next, the HPL approach gives the LX1 a certain toughness to it. Go forth and strum! Let’s start with the obvious: the LX1 comes with a lower price tag than its Taylor-made counterpart. The sound is so unexpectedly good, the GS Mini has won numerous awards and accolades. If you’re in the market for a new acoustic, check out our full range right here. Unlike Taylor’s GS Mini, it could be considered a new body shape rather than a scaled-down classic. Privacy Policy. The Taylor Guitars brand is often associated with premium, cutting-edge instruments – kinda like the Tesla of the acoustic guitar world. This audience is ever-expanding, largely due to you-know-who. Speaking of legacy, Martin have been in the business a fair bit longer than Taylor. The GS Mini-E model comes pre-fitted with Taylor’s popular Expression 2 system, a fully-fledged pickup/preamp that’s found in many of their high-end instruments. But in recent years, compact acoustics have seen a surge in popularity. It records well, handles venues of all sizes, and comes with a number of great electronics options. Affectionately referred to as ‘the Little Martin’, the LX1 is Martin’s take on the travel-style guitar. We don't have a summary for this product yet, but we're working on it. Having said that, if Tesla made a car that sold for £10k instead of £100k, we reckon it’d go pretty well. The Martin is a truly accessible instrument that is truly built with the nomadic musician in mind, and it comes with a suitable helping of acoustic mojo. But, given its size and price point, the sound it produces is magic. It’s a scaled-down version of their Grand Symphony model, debuted in 2006 (that’s a Grand Auditorium with a wider waist and broader lower-bout). This adds a pronounced yet smooth quality to the attack of your guitar. This is where the GS Mini comes into its own. By contrast, the Taylor GS Mini is 4 7/16″ deep but has a length of only 17 5/8″. *all references to price are based on value at the time of writing and are subject to change! Next up, Ebony is used for the fretboard and bridge. (above) An attractive Koa version of the Taylor GS Mini. When it comes to the best acoustic guitars, we love this dread. So, other than the fact that it’s affordable for a Taylor, what makes the GS Mini so special? Scratches, dings, scrapes – it takes quite a lot to mark this little guy. It's in the top 3 bestselling acoustic guitars and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Fender CD-60SCE or Takamine Dreadnought GD20-NS . While most travel guitars, including the Taylor GS Mini, have a smaller nut width (1 11/16″), most parlor guitars maintain a standard nut width of 1 3/4″. When you purchase a Martin, you’re investing in a little piece of history. On top of that, it's fairly safe to say that Taylor GS Mini Mahogany is a more popular acoustic guitar, based on its 50+ reviews. In an industry that gets more competitive by the day, price is a hugely important consideration. The GS Mini’s sparkling highs, crystal clear mids and tight low end offer a cut-price slice of Taylor tone - and it serves as a kick-ass recording acoustic guitar too. The Taylor loses out to the Martin on electronics, however - there are none as standard here, and Taylor’s optional ES-Go pickup will set you back another $98. Sam's desert island gear would be his Mexican Tele, Strymon El Capistan and Teenage Engineering OP-1. Martin was able to drop the price of the Little Martin LX1 because of the high-pressure laminate mahogany back and sides and neck, instead of real wood.