Taylor T5 Custom - Koa

6-string Thinline Acoustic/Electric Guitar with Natural-finished Koa Top
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A Whole New Breed of Sonic Possibilities

There are electric guitars, and there are acoustic guitars, and then there's the Taylor T5 Custom Thinline 5-way guitar. It's a little bit of both, and everything they're not all at the same time. It may very well be a new category!

Taylor T5 Custom Thinline 5-way Guitar at a Glance:
  • Multiple-personality guitar
  • 5-way switching for amazingly unique sounds
  • Sleek, comfortable and gorgeous
  • Whether you choose a Standard or Custom model, there's a lot going on!
Is it an Acoustic or and Electric?

Well, it's actually both. It allows you to get fully acoustic sounds and fully electric sounds from the same guitar. It's designed to be used with both acoustic and electric amps using a standard guitar cable or a balanced cable.

Next-Generation Electronics!

The Taylor T5 features a whole new generation of electronics!Tones are selected via the easy access 5-way switch located on the side of the Taylor T5.

  • T5 CMR air-coil rear pickup - this is the pickup you can see coming through the top near the bridge of the guitar. When played through an electric amp, this pickup can go from Tele-like sounds to Gretsch-like to full-blown humbucker.
  • T5 Dynamic neck pickup - buried in the neck joint, this pickup can sound warm and woody or fat and rowdy.
  • T5 Dynamic body sensor - inspired by the research on the Expression System, the T5 body sensors are overwound to produce the sparkling highs and shimmer for the most acoustic-like switch position.
  • T5 Preamp and EQ - the preamp was designed to deliver a wide range of tones in every switch position. Controls include: Volume, Bass and Treble. The tone controls are best described as Resonance (bass) and Detail (treble).
What a Body!

Inspired by the Taylor Grand Auditorium silhouette, the T5 features a sleek and comfortable-to-hold carved hollowbody of sapele, and a svelte neck of Tropical American mahogany. A shortened scale length ensures a fingerboard that is endlessly pleasurable to play with either electric or acoustic strings. Like all Taylor guitars, a custom voiced soundboard is the heart of the T5 tone; on both T5 Standard and T5 Custom models, a spruce top creates a strong, colorful voice with outrageous sustain. Finally, sexy and stylized f-holes command the eye and enhance the resonance of the T5 body chamber, allowing the top to breathe and capture the dynamics of a player's performance.

Called Custom for a Reason

The top of the T5 line, the T5 Custom is typically decked out with premium woods that look the part and hardware that matches. This T5 Custom is no exception, boasting a Koa top, T5, and gold tuners. You'll find plenty of exquisite guitars here at Sweetwater, and this T5 ranks among some of the best.

Taylor T5 Custom Features:
  • Sonic flexibility thanks to innovative acoustic-electric design and 5-way switching
  • Acoustic and electric tones from the same guitar
  • Crafted from incredible tonewoods with looks to match
  • Perfect for the performing guitarist

Why Buy Your Guitar from Sweetwater?

See how Sweetwater goes to great lengths to give you the best online guitar buying experience. From our online Guitar Gallery that allows you to select the exact instrument you want to receive, to our in-house guitar techs and our 55-point Evaluation process, we take the guesswork out of buying your next guitar online.

Additional Media

Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide
Electric Guitar Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape T5
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Sapele
Top Material Koa
Color Natural
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Mahogany, Bolt-on
Neck Shape T5
Scale Length 24.875"
Fingerboard Material Ebony, 15" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay T5
Number of Frets 21, Standard
Nut Width 1.6875"
Bridge/Tailpiece Ebony/Saddle, Compensated Acoustic
Tuners Gold-plated
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Hidden Samarium Cobalt Humbucker
Middle Pickup Dynamic Body Sensor
Bridge Pickup Samarium Cobalt Humbucker
Controls 1 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way Pickup Switch
Strings Elixir NANOWEB Electric Medium Gauge (.011-.049)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number T5 Custom

Customer Reviews

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Taylor T5 Custom

Love my new Taylor T5 Custom. Excellent service plus fast shipping! These guys stand behind their words!!


This guitar is FANTABULOUS!!! At first, it obviously catches a lot of attention. It has a beautiful Curly Koa top with a wonderful Sapele body and it just functions perfectly. I read and watched some reviews and it seems as if some aren't so impressed by it. I, however, am very impressed! I love the idea of the 3 pickups. The E.Q. controls are very simple, yet sensitive, so you get huge control over the basic sound. The 5 way switch is phenomenal. The 1st position is the most acoustic sound, great for Country. However, it's not a perfect acoustic sound like a regular acoustic guitar, but it's very close. It just has a tad bit of thickness to it. The 2nd position is even thicker, making it great for Jazz and solo gigs, especially if you play jazz. The 3rd position is more snappy, making it awesome for Blues lead guitar. However, all you need to do is add a distortion, and you're ready for some heavy metal or death rock. The 4th position takes you back to thickness again, giving you a nice Rock 'N Roll sound, good for rhythm. And then finally, the 5th position, which is the fattest. It's also great for Rock 'N Roll lead guitar. Overall, this is a versatile, beautiful, and flawless guitar. Don't ever back away from it. It does exactly what it's supposed to. Have Fun!!!
Music background: Pro Musician

Beautiful Instrument

Well made, sounds great, and plays great. Great neck, and the acoustic when used with the stereo plug running through the PA sounds very real, and warm. Good EQ and just a great all around guitar.
Music background: Musician, and studio owner.

The Taylor T5... a really amazing instrument !

Long before purchasing the T5, I spent most of my time on a Martin D28. Then I installed a piezo pickup on the Martin and ran it through a Roland AC-60 acoustic amp. My interest then lead me to purchase a Taylor 8 str. Baritone which I also ran through the Roland. I was having great fun with this setup, but the whole electric side of guitar life was passing me by. And so began my love affair with the T5. This is one beautiful guitar. The craftsmanship and innovation that goes into this instrument is stunning. Really. Plays like a dream. Plugged into an ABY switch, then through a Roland XL 80 and the AC-60, the creative options are wide open. Toss in a looping station and you're a one man band. I am having WAY too much fun !!!
Music background: Hobbyist

Found the Guitar for me.

After trying a different guitar from Sweetwater I returned it and ordered the Taylor T5 Thinline Fiveway Natural. It is a great guitar hands down! The workmanship from Taylor is top drawer. The T5 fills the bill between an Electric and Acoustic guitar very well. Mike Soper from Sweetwater did a super job helping me end up with the guitar I was looking for. Thanks Mike, the T5 is great!
Music background: Hobbyist

Sweetwater Advice

Robert Williams

This series of guitars is really puts the "Electric" in the electric/acoustic guitar arena. Great fit and finish makes for great eye appeal on top of a very comfortable neck and well balanced body. The controls are easy to get to and provide usable tonal options. Here's a hybrid that really works for a variety of players.
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Taylor, Taylor Acoustic / Electric Guitars, Taylor Semi-hollowbody Guitars