Taylor T5z-12 Custom 12-string - Shaded Edgeburst

12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Koa Top, Sapele Body, Acoustic Body Sensor System, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Shaded Edgeburst
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Expand Your Sonic Possibilities

Get every 12-string sound you could ever want with the Taylor T5z-12 Custom 12-string acoustic-electric guitar. If you're looking for gorgeous acoustic 12-string tones and electric 12-string tones ala The Byrds and The Beatles, the Taylor T5z-12 Custom 12-string is your guitar. A beautiful koa 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. You'll get every guitar sound you ever need with the Taylor T5z-12 Custom 12-string acoustic-electric guitar.

Taylor T5z-12 Custom 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, and gorgeous
This guitar is as acoustic and an electric

The Taylor T5z-12 Custom 12-string 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. 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 Custom 12-string 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 T5 body sensors are overwound to produce the sparkling highs and shimmer for the most acoustic-like switch position. The T5z-12 Custom 12-string'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 Custom 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 tone; the AA Hawaiian koa 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 Custom 12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Semi-hollowbody acoustic-electric 12-string guitar that delivers
  • Gorgeous AA Hawaiian koa top; sapele back and sides
  • Compact body will feel comfortable for solidbody electric players
  • Hollowbody design with active soundboard for natural acoustic tone
  • Fast-action sapele neck; buttery ebony fingerboard
  • 24.875" scale length, 12" fingerboard radius and jumbo frets make for effortless string bending
  • Versatile T5z electronics with 5-way switch
  • Acoustic body sensor, concealed neck humbucker; visible bridge humbucker
  • Taylor gold tuners; bone nut and saddle
  • Taylor hardshell case included
Taylor T5z-12 Custom 12-string - Acoustic and electric tones from a single guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape T5
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 12
Body Material Sapele
Top Material Koa
Color Shaded Edgeburst
Neck Material Sapele
Scale Length 24.875"
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Number of Frets 21
Tuners Taylor Gold
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Hidden Humbucker
Middle Pickup Acoustic Body Sensor
Bridge Pickup Visible Humbucker
Controls 1 x Volume, 1 x Bass, 1 x Treble
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number T5z-12 Custom

Customer Reviews

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Excellent and Highly Playable 12 string Hybrid.

This is an excellent 12 string hybrid. Flawless construction. Arrived in perfect condition from Sweetwater, and double boxed (thanks!). Sound-wise it sits in between and electric and an acoustic 12 string, though you can coax nearly fully electric 12 string sounds from it with the selector switch. That switch, by the way, provides a large range of sounds, effectively revoicing the guitar. It's the same with the 6 string t5z as well. This is not only a beautiful, but a very practical 12 string with a wide range of sounds and therefore uses. It's also very playable, unlike some other 12 strings, particularly acoustics which can be difficult to play anything other than simple chords. With this you can play single note runs and chords that are nearly impossible (or actually impossible!) on a full scale acoustic 12 string. I sold one to buy this and it was completely worth it. Highly recommended.

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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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