Love this T5X... NOW! Love Sweetwater too...
I purchased my Taylor T5X a month ago from Sweetwater... (btw, they were awesome... thanks guys) and have gigged with it (4 hour gigs… straight playing) twice. I’m in a band that has a playlist of about 185 songs… everything from James Taylor, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, to the Eagles… all the old time rock and roll stuff… actually, anything from soup to nuts. We gig at smaller venues like coffee houses all the way to large (2000+) street dances. For gear, I use a tube screamer, digital delay, chorus box… and a bit of reverb. Run it through a LR Baggs para DI… PA and Electric Vypyr Peavey amp. Btw…The PA helps bring out the acoustic highs.
When I ordered the T5… I wanted something that would play both electric and acoustic guitar sounds with an occasional lead thrown in for added spice. THE PROBLEM was with the 3rd string…would flat out... not stay in tune for me… at my second gig… I got so frustrated right before the gig that I tore off the Elixir G String… and through on a .026 gage Slinky electric…I know... its too large but this was 10 minutes before we went on and I didn’t have time to play around with a (plain) 3rd string… with the stretching and tuning it up. So, that night the heavy gage 3rd string got me through.
BUT, here’s your answer… (Bob Taylor)… D’Addario EXL 110W (wound 3rd string) or the EXL 115W. Before using these strings (with the wound 3rd) I was so disappointed with the T5 that I was considering sending it back. I mean, you're only great if your guitar's in tune, right? But, after trying these strings… I have literally fallen in love with the little gem of a guitar. Btw, you can still bend the 3rd string… for your best Johnny B. Goode leads…and the like. So, don’t waste your time trying to keep the plain 3rd string in tune… and also, it would (on occasion) sound so tinny and thin. But with the wound 3rd, it sounds more natural and the T5’s pickups represent the natural tone of the string while playing both chords and leads.
Love this guitar… thanks to the wound 3rd string. Next, I might try Elixir Extra Lights (.010 - .046) I’m interested what acoustic strings might sound like… yes... I know Bob Taylor thinks I need a different saddle for the acoustic strings... but we'll just have to see now... won't we.