Taylor T5 Classic - Mahogany

Acoustic-electric Guitar with Mahogany Top, Sapele Back and Sides, Ebony Fingerboard, and Magnetic and Piezo Pickups - Natural
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This Could Be the Only Guitar You Need at Your Gig

The T5 Classic from Taylor is a hybrid of an acoustic and an electric guitar, so it's like having two guitars in one great-looking body. Guitarists at Sweetwater are still impressed at how many sounds you can get using the multi-pickup system. There's an air-coil rear pickup that can go from country twang to bright rock to full-blown humbucker tone. Use the T5 Dynamic neck pickup and body sensor to give your T5 Classic a shimmery, rounder, woody acoustic-like tone. When you need to switch between acoustic and electric tones, the Taylor T5 Classic is a smart choice.

Taylor T5 Classic Hybrid Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Rich tone from mahogany-topped sapele
  • Exceptional tone from an innovative body style
  • T5 electronics give you the best of both acoustic and electric guitar tone
Rich tone from mahogany-topped sapele

Taylor gave the T5 Classic a stunning mahogany top with a gentle sapele body to complement it. Mahogany is known for its rich, mellow voice, and it's the perfect tonewood to take advantage of the T5's classic highly versatile pickup configuration. You can cover the whole range from bright, chiming electric tone to warm, woody acoustic tone.

Exceptional tone from an innovative body style

Another way Taylor gives you exceptional tone from the T5 Classic is in the very body design itself. The stylized f-holes do more than catch the eye, they also enhance the resonance of the T5 Classic's body chamber, allowing the top to breathe and capture the dynamics of your heartfelt performance. The result is dynamic, expressive tone with incredible articulation.

T5 electronics give you the best of both acoustic and electric guitar tone

The Taylor T5 Classic is the guitar to choose when you want to get the versatility of having multiple guitars, without the extra cost and weight of lugging them around. With the T5 Classic, an electric guitar amplifier, and an acoustic amplifier, you've got everything you need for virtually any gig.

Taylor T5 Classic Hybrid Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Hybrid guitar combining the best features of both electric and acoustic guitars
  • T5 pickup system and electronics give you single-coil, humbucker, and piezo pickup tones
  • Mahogany top enhances tonal depth, with rich fundamentals and overtones
  • Volume, Bass, and Treble tone controls for sound shaping
  • Gig bag included
Every tone is yours with the Taylor T5 Classic!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape T5
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Sapele
Top Material Mahogany
Color Satin Natural
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Mahogany, Bolt-on
Neck Shape T5
Scale Length 24.875"
Fingerboard Material Ebony, 15" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Small Diamonds
Number of Frets 21, Standard
Nut Width 1.6875"
Bridge/Tailpiece Ebony/Saddle, Compensated Acoustic
Tuners Chrome-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 Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number T5 Classic Mahogany

Customer Reviews

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Taylor T5

Nobody as professional and thorough as Sweetwater exists. Great service. The guitar plays as a top notch guitar. It's versatile and easy to play. It's a fine instrument. I had a custom made guitar and I was thrilled. I didn't think I could ever be as pleased. I was wrong. Thank you Sweetwater.
Music background: Playing professionally at age 13. I'm 66 now.


I am truly blown away by this guitar. It is certainly best plugged in so if you are looking for an acoustic that can be played on its own you may this isn't for you. I find it great because I can play without waking the entire house up. Regardless, it is after the amp is on and you're plugged in that you really see this amazing guitar come to life. This holds true through each of the pickup settings. What I love most is that you have the benefit of an electric guitar while playing acoustic and the benefit of an acoustic while playing electric. It is exactly what Taylor promises. A beautiful, versatile, guitar that sounds as good as it looks.

Taylor T5

I received my T5 on the date promised; the service provided by Sweetwater was excellent! I used it for a New Years Eve gig, it proved to be very versatile, having an endless variety of great tones. It handled acoustic ballads very well and pieces which required some heavy distortion. Its ease of playing and the light weight is like no other guitar that I've picked up. My Fender Tele is collecting dust, I cant put the T5 down! Its aesthetic design is a work of art! We're gonna grow old together...this is a keeper!!

Taylor T5

My T5 came exactly on time. My rep, Josh Dillon, is fantastic. I count on him for everything. It was set up pretty high with the factory strings (12's, I think). I replace them with 9's and it was still too high for me. The only adjustment on this guitar is the truss rod, so after a little experimentation, it now plays like my PRS or Strat. I love the ability to change from a truly acoustic tone to a really raunchy lead sound. It takes some time to find the sounds you're looking for, but they're in there, so be patient.
Music background: Have played professionally for decades.

T 5 Classic

Plays really nice, good action. Need a fatter sound. Been playing over twin reverb and Tweed Pevey. Feedback problems. Maybe go thru PA system at low amp volume to correct feed back.
Music background: Pro musician
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Taylor, Taylor Acoustic / Electric Guitars, Taylor Semi-hollowbody Guitars