Need the sound of a great amplified acoustic on stage or in the studio? No problem, as there are lots of choices these days, some of which are incredibly affordable. Need an acoustic and an electric in the same song? Okay, that’s where the choices thin out mighty fast. Most of us would find that the Taylor T5 Thinline Fiveway Custom fits the bill nicely. Taylor has kept the concept fresh by building these two examples with spectacularly figured Hawaiian koa tops! These just recently arrived and they’re even more drop-dead gorgeous than the last koa-topped versions we had in stock (and we didn’t think that was possible)! The T5 CMR air-coil rear pickup is the only one you can actually see on the top near the bridge. When played through an appropriate amp, this pickup can go from Tele-like spank to Gretsch-like twang to a full-blown humbucker lead sound. Meanwhile, buried in the neck joint, the T5 Dynamic neck pickup can sound warm, rich, and woody or fat and downright rowdy. Mix the two and you get all sorts of exciting combinations for any style of music. But then there’s the T5 Dynamic body sensor, which was inspired by all the research Taylor engineers did when developing their critically acclaimed Expression System, so you get the sparkling highs, complex mids, and tight lows you’d expect from a premium acoustic-electric design.
Based on the Taylor Grand Auditorium silhouette, the T5 features a hollow carved sapele body with a neck of tropical American mahogany. Like all Taylor guitars, a custom-voiced soundboard is at the heart of the T5 tone. Stylized f-holes enhance the resonance and appeal of the T5 body. Both the T5 Standard and T5 Custom models are available with optional premium tops of stunning flame maple or, as in today’s case, outrageously figured Hawaiian koa. Taylor has been building these for about two years, and it’s quite clear that the company’s T5 is still the one to beat for sound and style. This Taylor T5 Thinline Custom Fiveway has gold hardware and Taylor’s exquisite Artist fingerboard inlays. Of course, it’s easy to get caught up in this guitar’s good looks, but despite the upscale materials used to construct it, there’s a basic concept that allows you to make music with a true electric, as well as a richly voiced acoustic. Even the faux alligator case makes a bold visual statement (bonus points for that). The bottom line? Taylor really did their homework on this one and it shows! Free FedEx shipping? You betcha!