Taylor T5z-12 Classic 12-string - Tropical Mahogany

12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Tropical Mahogany Top, Sapele Body, Acoustic Body Sensor System, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Satin Classic Mahogany
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An Electric and Acoustic 12-String Guitar!

There are electric 12-string guitars, there are acoustic 12-string guitars; then there's the Taylor T5z-12 Classic 12-string acoustic-electric guitar. If you're looking for gorgeous 12-string tones ala The Byrds and The Beatles, the Taylor T5z-12 Classic 12-string is your guitar. A beautiful mahogany top and sapele back provide solid acoustic tone for this hybrid 12-string guitar. Yet with a flick of the 5-way switch, your tone goes from acoustic to electric, thanks to a combination of proprietary humbucking pickups and a Dynamic Body Sensor. With the T5z-12 Classic, there's no limit to your sonic possibilities!

Taylor T5z-12 Classic 12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • This guitar is as acoustic and an electric
  • 5-way switching for amazingly unique sounds
  • Sleek, comfortable, resonant body
This guitar is as acoustic and an electric

Actually, it's both. The Taylor T5z-12 Classic allows you to get fully acoustic sounds and fully electric sounds from the same guitar. Seamlessly. It's designed to be used with both acoustic and electric amps using a standard guitar cable or a balanced cable. Think about what an amazing advantage that is when you're performing! No more lugging extra gear or switching guitars for songs, this premium axe does it all. The guitar gurus at Sweetwater have put the Taylor T5 guitars through their paces, and we've been impressed by their performance and tone.

5-way switching for amazingly unique sounds

The Taylor T5z-12 Classic features a whole new generation of electronics. Tones are selected via the easy access 5-way switch located on the side of the guitar. Two pickups - a concealed neck humbucker and a visible bridge humbucker - produce a truly impressive range of electric guitar tone, while the an acoustic body sensor system delivers breathtaking acoustic sounds. Inspired by the research on the Expression System, the T5z-12 body sensors are overwound to produce the sparkling highs and shimmer for the most acoustic-like switch position. The T5z-12 Classic's preamp was designed to deliver a wide range of tones in every switch position. Controls include Volume, Bass and Treble.

Sleek, comfortable, resonant body

Inspired by the Taylor Grand Auditorium silhouette, the T5z-12 Classic 12-string guitar features a sleek and comfortable-to-hold carved hollowbody of sapele. Like all Taylor guitars, a custom-voiced soundboard is the heart of the T5z-12 tone; the Tropical mahogany top creates a strong, colorful voice with prodigious sustain. Finally, stylized f-holes command the eye and enhance the resonance of the body chamber, allowing the top to breathe and capture the dynamics your performances.

Taylor T5z-12 Classic 12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Semi-hollowbody acoustic-electric 12-string guitar that delivers
  • Tropical mahogany top; sapele back and sides
  • Compact body will feel comfortable for solidbody electric players
  • Hollowbody design with active soundboard for natural acoustic tone
  • Buttery ebony fingerboard with jumbo frets lets you shred in comfort
  • 24.875" scale length, 12" fingerboard radius and fat frets make for effortless string bending
  • Versatile T5z electronics with 5-way switch
  • Acoustic body sensor, concealed neck humbucker; visible bridge humbucker
  • Taylor chrome tuners
Taylor T5z-12 Classic 12-string - Acoustic and electric tones from a single guitar!

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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 12
Body Material Sapele
Top Material Tropical Mahogany
Color Tropical Mahogany
Body Finish Satin
Neck Material Sapele
Scale Length 24.875"
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Small Diamonds
Number of Frets 21
Tuners Taylor Chrome
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Concealed Humbucker
Middle Pickup Dynamic Body Sensor
Bridge Pickup Visible Humbucker
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number T5z-12 Classic

Customer Reviews

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Sweet 12-string

Exceeded my hopes for a novel, electric 12-string. The body is beautiful, and the design is sleek. The acoustic tone is clean and it just sings when plugged in. I like having the five pickup adjustments, though I'm still figuring out which ones sound best with which kinds of songs. I'm treasuring this guitar!
Music background: amateur solo and jam singer, rhythm guitarist

12 String Dream

This guitar is simply fabulous. I have owned 4 electric 12s in the past including 2 Ricks and this one outshines them all. You can certainly get the Byrds/Beatles sounds in spades, but everything you play on this guitar has a beautiful acoustic-type shimmery sustain to it. It's just gorgeous. If you want to take your 12 string sound in different directions there's a huge range of opportunity here. All with that dreamy "glow." And the feel of the neck is incredible. I always had finger-cramming issues on the Ricks near the nut. No problem here. The acoustic sound using the exp system into a PA is not quite the real thing, but I didn't expect it to be. It's more than serviceable for gigging and recording where it is not alone in front. The Classic doesn't have the shine and binding, but I actually like it better. For me, a 12 didn't warrant the extra expense. But you never know. The way I've been playing this guitar, a 12 main become my main squeeze. Came absolutely perfectly set up from Sweetwater. Highly recommended.
Music background: 40 year performing musician (ouch!), 30 year Composer/Sound Engineer

Taylor t5Z 12 String

Great gear and great service. Both keep me coming back to Sweetwater time after time.
Music background: Guitar, Ukelele and drums

Taylor T5Z -12 classic

This is such a great guitar, I am having so much fun playing it and find it hard to put it down. I should have bought this a long time ago. Such a sweet playing piece of equipment.

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Taylor T5z

With its broad tonal palette, Taylor's T5z is a boon for the electric guitarist wanting to access acoustic tones, or vice versa. The guitar's top-shelf build and perfect factory setup make it a pleasure to play, and its versatility mean that the T5z just might be the only guitar many players will need to take to a gig....
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