Greetings: I'm a recently retired engineer who has played guitar on and off for over 48 years, currently playing often by myself and with friends. I own a 41 year old Augustino LoPrinzi LR-15 Dreadnaught (like a Martin D-28) and a 35 year old Guild DM-1512 twelve string dreadnaught (all mahogany soundbox - like the twelve string Tom Petty used to play). Both instruments have aged very well and sound beautiful. Nonetheless, I decided I wanted a smaller acoustic guitar for road trips (this was spurred on by an upcoming trip to Missouri for a wedding). My ideas about not overly compromising on the size of the soundbox led me primarily to look at 12 fret parlor guitars, and I viewed 14 fret "parlor" guitars with suspicion as having too small sound boxes. A little while ago, I attended a Taylor road show at Sam Ash; towards its end, Taylor guitarist Mark Seals played a GS Mini. It sounded surprisingly loud,, even with fingers (my style of picking). Later, I tried a copy of the GS Mini (the model with the layered sapele back and sides) at Sam Ash and that convinced me to walk out of there with it - that and the special discount (15%) associated with the road show. : ^ ) Since then, I've played this guitar quite a bit, more often and longer, than both of my two other acoustic guitars. It's just that much fun to play. The action on this instrument is pretty fast, and boy was I surprised to find out that it comes with medium gauge strings. My guess is that the short (23.5") scale and the factory setting makes this guitar easy to play. Even better, this guitar seems to sound better every time I play it. The tone is quite clear and doesn't give much to my solid rosewood LoPrinzi. There is plenty of volume for such a small instrument. And yes, this guitar in its gig bag takes up very little space compared to my other guitars in their hardshell cases and so is a great companion for road trips.