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Steel String Guitar

  • Build: Mini Travel Grand Symphony
  • Body: Selected mahogany
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Fretboard inlays: Dot
  • Arched back
  • Black binding on body and neck
  • Neck profile: V
  • Fretboard radius: 381 mm
  • Scale: 596 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bridge: Blackwood
  • Black Deluxe die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: HB .012 - .053
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Gigbag included

Dimensions:

  • Length: 94.0 cm
  • Lower width: 36 cm
  • Upper width: 25 cm
  • Depth: 10 cm
Model Mini Grand Symphony
Top Mahogany
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Blackwood
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Pickup System No
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag Yes
available since August 2016
Item number 382553
£85
Including VAT; Excluding £8 shipping
In stock within 1-2 weeks
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Lovely, sweet little guitar
S Harrison 09.02.2018
I bought this to play lounging on my sofa, laying on my bed or outside in the garden.
Out of the box, it's very playable - I haven't changed anything.
The mahogany gives a warmth to the sound, which I like. On a guitar body this small I don't think you'd need the brighter sound of a spruce top - I haven't tried the spruce version though.
Mine has a closely grained mahogany top rather than the more striped look of the one in the pictures - mine looks lovely. It's pretty light weight - ideal for what I bought it for. It sounds and projects much better than you'd think from the size (and price).
If I hadn't bought a CLA-15m soon after I'd be picking this up all the time - as it is, I pick it up a lot.
It has clarity, punch and warmth that are way above it's size and price tag.
Now the big question - is it as good as the Taylor? I have no idea, I've never played one. But it's the wrong question and missing the point; For the likely intended uses of this guitar, it's as good as you need.
Don't get me wrong - it sounds good, it plays well and it's fun to play. But do you really need to pay over £500 for a travel/sofa guitar?
It's hard to justify that unless you're recording with it a lot (to cut through the mix - and this will do the job). Or maybe want a smaller scale instrument for a child/teen. You could buy this and get two custom line acoustics (Harley Bentons) for that money - I know which I'd prefer and that's exactly what I've done.
Tuners - they do their job. People complain about a lot of new guitars not holding their tuning but it's just because they haven't bedded the strings in - (pull them away from the guitar 3-4 times, tune the string back up, do this 3 times for each string - you'll now hold your tuning). Speaking of which - when I tried that on this guitar the peg came off on the lower E string - I'm not bothered; I put it back in and developed a method of pulling the string parallel to the body, which works fine.
Construction is fine - don't expect bone nuts and bridge saddles at this price.
It's very neat and tidy, rather attractive and I love the curve on the back.
I have an old Martin travel guitar - I never play it. This is so much better - it's a proper guitar, just a bit smaller and light weight.
For the price it's a bargain - it even comes with a neat little gig bag.
If you want a full blown acoustic, I'd recommend one of the custom line ones. But I have plenty of guitars and I can't resist this little beauty - it gets far more of my attention than the price would suggest.
You know you want one.
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How do they do it?
Johan12 27.02.2020
I own this guitar for almost 2 years now and I absolutely love it. It's my only guitar at the moment and I play it daily.
I have been playing guitar for about 10 years. I mostly fingerpick and this is where this little guitar excells. It can also handle some light strumming but don't expect wonders.

All in all I would certainly recommend this guitar to beginners but also to more advanced players looking or a great little guitar to leave around in the living room or to take on holidays.
I have owned more expensive Takamine guitars and sold them all beccause I didn't play them anymore.
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My new constant companion
Danno79 26.07.2017
I've had this little guitar for around a month now and I just can't put it down. It's the perfect companion for travelling around, or just chilling on the sofa - it really has rekindled my love for playing.

Pros - this is surprisingly well built, especially considering it only costs 75 euros! Having compared it directly to the Taylor GS mini (which it is pretty much an exact copy of the body and neck shape), it is just as well made, and actually more robust in some ways as it has proper binding on the edges of the body, where the Martin just has raw plywood edges. The finish on mine was great too - I really like the subtle satin lacquer. The case is well made too, and is also very similar to the taylor case. The sound is clear, loud and well balanced considering the body is so small and the mahogany top gives a great mellow roundness to the sound.

Cons - There are really only a few very minor niggles with this little guitar - it's really easy to play but for me the action was a tiny bit too high out of the box - that was easily fixed by sanding the underside of the plastic bridge a little. Also the factory fitted strings weren't great, a decent set of phosphor bronze ones fixed that though. Personally I'm not a huge fan of the shape of the head-stock, but that's just my taste and can be overlooked for the incredible value this guitar represents.

The only way this could be improved upon was if Thomann could offer an electro-acoustic version - then I'd buy the spruce version as well!

Overall I would highly recommend this product, just a bit of a shame I had to wait 4 weeks for it come back into stock, but I guess that just shows how popular and great value they are!
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Astonishing instrument
fonderiefoniche.com 22.02.2021
I've bought this guitar for my daughter, she was looking for a decent cheap instrument easy to be transported to/from school.
I play and buy guitars since more than 30 years, I've had guitars from several top brands over the years (Gibson, Fender, Blade, Parker, Maton, Seagull, Ovation, Yamaha...), I have to say this little piece of wood is really astonishing in terms of build quality, sound, finishings and playability. A really nice surprise. The tonal warmth of a full-mahogany construction effectively compensates the small dimensions and short scale, resulting in a balanced, full and smooth tone you would expect from a larger and higher-class instrument. I replaced very soon the strings with an Elixir set, that's a default on all my acoustic guitars, and it earned even more tonal pleasantness.
I did some trial studio recordings, just to test what is possible to get out from this "cheap" guitar, and the result was absolutely 1st class.
Finally, it comes with a decent soft case, and that's not foregone for the price.
I recommended this guitar to a couple of friends, for the same purpose, and they were fully satisfied too.
Considering the price, I see no cons at all.
If you still have doubts, just buy it and play it!
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