Taylor T3/B Semi-hollowbody with Bigsby - Honey Sunburst

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Maple Top, Sapele Back and Sides, Sapele Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Honey Sunburst
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A Taylor Semi-hollowbody Electric with a Classic Vibe!

The Taylor T3/B semi-hollowbody electric guitar combines the incredible thinline body design of Taylor's T5 with a great-sounding complement of pickups and classic-style electric guitar hardware. One strum of the T3 and you'll know this isn't your typical semi-hollow; plug it in and you'll be blown away by the tone - as well as the flexible tonal options. This Bigsby trem-equipped version features a figured maple top that's joined to a hollow sapele body with a wood block running down the middle. The sapele neck is very comfortable, and two humbucking pickups with selectors and coil taps give you plenty of sound configurations while you're playing the T3/B.

Taylor T3/B Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • The evolution of a modern Taylor classic
  • Say "wow" to the wood
  • Big tone, great flexibility

The evolution of a modern Taylor classic
The hybrid Taylor T5 wowed players with its impressive melding of acoustic and electric properties. Now, Taylor brings the body profile of the T5 to an electric guitar that more than holds its own against the classic axes. Rather than braced hollowbody design, the T3/B uses a sapele body with a solid block of wood running down its center. The solid maple top is affixed to both the block and the sides without the need for additional bracing. A vintage-modern roller bridge and Bigsby tailpiece takes the place of the T5's acoustic-style bridge (a fixed bridge and stop tailpiece are available on the T3 model). This full-on electric semi-hollowbody completes a transition from pure acoustic to hybrid to full electric, and, in the process, gives you incredible quality, tone, playability, and comfort.

Say "wow" to the wood
Just a quick glance at the T3's figured maple top is enough to make you want to pick it up. Upon closer evaluation, you'll find that this great-looking top's depth and beautiful figure visually complement its design perfectly - while providing the perfect "snap" to add to the T3's rich tone. From the binding to the f-holes to the chrome hardware and pickup rings, the T3's accents are as note-perfect as its great sound.

Big tone, great flexibility
If you're looking for fat jazz tones from a manageable, thinline body style, you've come to the right place. The T3's two humbucking pickups provide plenty of thick tone, but that's just the beginning. You can choose between neck, neck/bridge, and bridge settings, activate a coil-tap for single-coil tones, and even engage a second capacitor for even fatter tone. This means everyone from jazz aficionados to rockers can enjoy the T3/B's attributes - from cool and restrained to crunchy and rude.

Taylor T3/B Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Color: Honey sunburst
  • Top: Figured maple
  • Body: Sapele
  • Neck: Sapele
  • Scale length: 24-7/8"
  • Fingerboard: Ebony with electric-style frets
  • No. of frets: 21
  • Fingerboard Inlays: 4mm MOP dots
  • Hardware: Chrome-plated
  • Tuning machines: Taylor chrome
  • Bridge: Roller bridge with Bigsby tremolo tailpiece (fixed bridge with stoptail available on T3)
  • Pickups: Two Taylor Style 2 HD humbuckers
  • Controls: Volume and tone, with coil tap on Volume knob and extra capacitor engagement push-pull on Tone knob; 3-way selector switch
  • Case: Deluxe hardshell
The Taylor T3/B adds vintage-style semi-hollowbody performance to the Taylor lineup!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape T3
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Sapele
Top Material Maple, Figured
Color Honey Sunburst
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Sapele, Bolt-on
Neck Shape T3
Scale Length 24.875"
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Mother-of-Pearl Dots
Number of Frets 21
Nut Width 1.6875"
Bridge/Tailpiece Roller-style with Bigsby Vibrato
Tuners Chrome
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Style 2 HD Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Style 2 HD Humbucker
Controls 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone, 3-way Pickup Toggle
Strings Elixir NANOWEB Electric Light Gauge (.010-.046)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number T3B HSB

Customer Reviews

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This is by far the "BEST" Semi-Hollow for the money with "Quality" and Playability. I am absolutely happy with this guitar. AJ Becerra once again makes things all good! His knowledge and guidance has helped me make this guitar a part of my collection! This is the 4th Taylor for me (110 Dreadnought, 312ce, 914ce, and now the T-3/B) and I am a total Taylor guitar geek!! I own several Gibson's and American Fender's and the Taylors are my go to guitar. If you want a Semi-Hollow and don't want to spend $ for a Gibson 335, this is the guitar for you! Quality, beauty, and playability own this guitar by Taylor!
Music background: Guitarist and Drummer with Jericho Road Project


On the 16th of June had hernia surgery. Although i bought the T3/B earlier, just been too busy and worried about surgery. Gladly, I can only applaud all that took part (Jesus first) in my operation of success). Im forever grateful to Jesus for good health. Yet, you all at Sweetwater have helped make a longtime dream a reality. These now two guitars is a start. Gotta wait some before ever purchasing yet wont forget u all. Practicing more and enjoying the success since 1988 when i bought my first guitar. Im forever grateful. Determined to join the church with either guitar and jam. Course the ultimate band the Eagles look out. Loving those tunes. Thanks.
Music background: student still but age 51 look out Henley hehe

Excellent! I am very pleased,

I am so grateful I felt I could afford a real guitar. A real blessing. My friend who introduced me to Sweetwater bought a fender, which I might consider sometime ahead. I know i was asked about need of other pieces to fullfill my gameplan yet Wayne after his fender purchase may have bought possibly and probably did buy the strap and strings yet I thought after a 1625.00 purchase hey what is a 50 dollar strap to Sweetwater. You see im not a known rocker or a man of great wealth yet Im blessed by Jesus Christ with needs met. This purchase isnt a yearly purchase i do never. Well I did purchase a 50 dollar strap anyway. Yet! Really Sweetwater it is about a buck? That is what is wrong with this country we call free. Jesus said money is the root of all evil. No one dares pay any attention to Jesus who gave all and allows mistakes by each of us daily. When we all die one day, our money we made here on earth buys nothing in heaven. I will sacrifice the payment yet will pay off item by July 2014. See I owe what I owe and the sacrifice I pay for. Im pleased, and will consider another in years ahead, Thanks Bryan
Music background: trying to play for Jesus I pray in church setting one day

Awesome guitar

I love this guitar. It's looks fantastic and plays even better than it looks. The push/pull switches that make the humbuckers single coil pickups give me a much wider range of sound, and the way the Bigsby tremelo is set up with rollers on the bridge keep it in tune after banging and yanking on it for hours on end.
Music background: long time hobbyist

First blush

I was with my wife visiting her brother. He has an older Ibanez hollow body that he wanted help re-stinging (i've never seen strings that old). After helping with the new strings, I played for a few minutes. I was playing though a Line-6 pedal, and a Crate amp (not the cleanest sound). My wife was thrilled to hear me playing with an electric voice though (I have been a strict acoustic player for the past 20 years). She hadn't heard anything from this phase of my music. My wife is great! This needs to be mentioned. She thought I should research and buy an Electric guitar! My Response? Awh... Do I have to? A credit card number and a couple weeks later my new T3-B shows up. It's a very handsome guitar. It plays very well. It's a bit heavier than expected, but the voice is where it shines. The number of possible tone variations is what dew me to this guitar. I played it for about two hours yesterday through my Mackie board and monitors. It's sound is hard to pin down. It's like having every electric guitar you ever wanted in one instrument. The one thing that bugs me about this guitar is that the top isn't solid. It's a veneer over fiber board. I would think that in this price range you should get a solid top. I know why they are doing it. The fiber board is dead flat so it's easy to veneer. It's also stable in the way that quilted maple isn't. All in all.. I'm happy so far. I will post again in a couple months with more of a players review.
Music background: Long time finger style player.
See also: Semi Hollows, Taylor, Taylor Semi-hollowbody Guitars