The GS Mini really is quite a remarkable instrument—in fact, Bob Taylor told me that he is prouder of this instrument than anything he has built his entire career. With a shorter scale and near-parlor dimensions (it's essentially a shrunken GS body ), you'd expect that you'd have to sacrifice tone for portability with this guitar.
You don't. In fact, when you listen to the video we've posted here, I dare say you'd have a hard time distinguishing the sound from a full-bodied instrument.
When you consider the kind of craftsmanship you get for this price, it's hard to imagine a better small-bodied guitar for around $500—it's certainly quite a bit better than even Taylor's own "Baby" models. Given the dimensions and quality of this instrument, I think it's the perfect guitar for young beginners and experienced players alike.