Taylor GS Mini Bass

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  1. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    Anyone here ever used the GS Mini Bass?

    I'm thinking about getting a starting bass for one of my daughters whom I’m proud to say is an accomplished pianist already.

    She's expressed interest in the bass and this GS Bass looks pretty cool. Would this be loud enough "acoustically" along with acoustic guitars and vocals in a group setting? Would it be a good bass to learn and work with others playing acoustic music?
    How does it sound live, how does it record and how does it sound plugged into a bass amp?

    Watching this:


    Finger picking , The AT5045 sounds great on this bass. However, a pick in this example leaves a lot to be desired, which I'm thinking is partly due to "technique" how he is attacking the strings. Sounds like he is scratching the string a bit.

    (on a side note) TapeOp https://tapeop.com/reviews/gear/105/at5045-side-address-condenser-mic/ has an interesting review on the at4054p

    Thanks for any info.
     
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  2. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    that looks pretty cool, and taylor doesn't make junk. my concern would be if the depth of the guitar was too bulky or uncomfortable. something else you might look at as a different option would be an upright electric bass, i think fender makes one around the $500 range. it seems like it could fare better as a solo instrument, but hold its own in most other situations. Takenobu (exposition album), is one of my favorite artists these days, an upright bass player and singer, he plays solo and with a group (drums, fiddle, ect). i played electric bass in the last band i was in (blues rock originals and covers) but i always found it challenging to keep interested unless i was actually playing songs with a group. sorry i have no facts, just opinion on this one.
     
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  3. Makzimia

    Makzimia The Minstrel Well-Known Member

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    I have no experience with a mini bass, however I have owned, until I sold it after it sat around for over 2 years, a Martin lx ( same as Ed Sheerans, without pickup though). I found it to be high energy when finger picked but sucked with a pick. Light touch instruments, at least from that experience and the kids that come along to open mics with Taylor minis too.

    Tony
     

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