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Taylor vs Martin vs Guild Small Guitar Shootout!
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Amazing Small Guitars From Taylor, Martin, and Guild

There is a segment of guitars that is for lack of a better term, on fire! These guitars are bigger than your traditionally travel guitar but smaller than an OM or 000 type guitar. These smaller guitars are the perfect companion for a trip to the beach or extended living room jam and with optional electronics can also serve as your gigging instrument. These guitars are also easier on the bank account than their larger counterparts.

For all the reasons above, it's obvious why these guitars are so popular, and the offerings from Martin, Taylor and Guild are all excellent choices for a small guitar. With that being said, let's take a look at the Taylor GS Mini, Martin Dreadnought Jr, and Guild Jumbo Jr.


The Martin Dreadnought Jr-10

(Click here to see all of our in-stock Martin Dreadnought Jr-10 guitars)

Available in three colors, with an without electronics, the Dreadnought Junior is designed for players looking for big Dreadnought sound in a slightly smaller body. The newly updated Jr-10E features satin finished Sapele back and sides with an option of satin finished Sitka spruce or Sapele top, and a hand-rubbed neck with a high-performance taper. This model also sports a thinner 000 body depth with softer back edges to provide maximum comfort while playing. Every Junior includes a soft gig bag for easy transport.

Taylor GS-Mini

(Click here to see all of our in-stock Taylor GS Mini Guitars)

A marvel of scaled-down design, the GS Mini is a fun little acoustic cannon available in an array of woods and also an acoustic bass. The GS Mini line is has taken the world by storm and in many people's mind, open the door for the mini guitar market. Sporting a rich, full voice that belies its compact size, the Mini is ultra-portable, yet just as comfortable to cradle in the comfort of your home, making it the ultimate modern-day parlor guitar. Featuring the Taylor NT neck, the Mini comes with either a solid spruce or mahogany top. And with the easy-to-add ES-Go pickup and Taylor V-Cable, you’ll have a viable performance tool, too.

Guild Jumbo Junior

(Click here to see the Guild Jumbo Junior)

Guild now offers its classic jumbo shape in an affordable smaller size. Whether on the couch, in the studio or on the go, the Jumbo Junior’s compact design allows you to have a Guild by your side at all times. Fun and comfortable to play, the Jumbo Junior’s warm tone and surprising volume will inspire many memories, group sing-alongs, and weekend jam sessions. Featuring a solid Sitka spruce top arched maple back, the Jumbo Junior offers Guild’s classic aesthetic for those who love the look of a jumbo but may not love the size. Top it off with Guild’s AP-1 pickup, and a deluxe padded gig bag, and the Jumbo Junior is ready to go whenever you need to get your Guild on.

The Bottom Line

There is no way around it, we love these smaller guitars and our customers are telling us the same. All three of these guitars offer amazing bang-for-the buck qualities. Take the time to listen the shootout video above and decide which one is right for you. 


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