Taylor T5z Classic - Tropical Mahogany

6-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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Next-gen Acoustic-electric, for a Song

There are electric guitars, there are acoustic guitars; then there's the Taylor T5z Classic. Sweetwater's guitar pickers are big fans of Taylor's T5 Thinline acoustic-electric. With the T5z Classic, Taylor gives you even more features that will make you feel right at home if you're coming from a solidbody electric. They've thinned out the body even more, and spec'd the buttery ebony fingerboard with a 12" radius and jumbo frets to make string bending even easier. And the range of available sounds? Far beyond what we've come to expect from traditional acoustic or electric guitars. With the T5z Classic, there's no limit to your sonic possibilities!

Taylor T5z Classic Thinline Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Acoustic or electric: you decide
  • Next-generation electronics
  • Sleek, comfortable, resonant body
Acoustic or electric: you decide

Actually, it's both. The Taylor T5z 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! If you're primarily a solidbody slinger, you'll particularly appreciate the T5z's fast sapele neck. If you're in the mood for shredding, the shortened scale length and jumbo frets ensure a fingerboard (ebony) that is endlessly pleasureable to play with either electric or acoustic strings.

Next-generation electronics

The Taylor T5z 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 body sensors are overwound to produce the sparkling highs and shimmer for the most acoustic-like switch position. The T5z 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 Classic 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 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 Classic Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • A universe of fabulous electric and acoustic sounds - in one seamless instrument!
  • 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 gig bag included
Acoustic or electric? Have it all, with the Taylor T5z Classic!

Additional Media

Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide
Electric Guitar Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape T5
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Sapele
Top Material Tropical Mahogany
Color Satin Classic Mahogany
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Sapele
Neck Shape T5
Scale Length 24.875"
Fingerboard Material Ebony, 12" radius
Number of Frets 21, Jumbo
Nut Width 1.6875"
Bridge/Tailpiece Ebony with bone saddle
Tuners Taylor chrome
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 T5z Classic - Mahogany

Customer Reviews

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Versatility, Quality & Great Feel

I play electric and acoustic guitars both equally 50/50 pretty much. The first thing I noticed about the T5z was it's simplistic beauty. The second was the smooth and effortless playability up and down the neck. Both acoustic and electric sounds work nicely through either an electric guitar amp (I use Orange amps) and/or acoustic guitar amps (I use Fishman). The acoustic records nicely plugged in directly but only if you like the sound. You can't turn it into something that it's not. There's no piezo quack. The acoustic sound from the body is true. The electric humbucker sounds are quite usable but again it's the sound of a hollow(not semi hollow) body which I prefer anyway. If you're a purest looking for vintage tones this isn't ideal. It's perfect for me. I like to be different. I use my looper and track my fingerpicking style with the acoustic setting then kick in some overdrive and the humbuckers on this mahogany body are quite ballsy. It's a beautiful thinline hollow body and the tones are true to what it is. I've heard it doesn't handle "high gain" well...no hollow body guitar does. If you try to make it be something that it isn't then you shouldn't have gotten it. It's true and perfect and I love it.
Music background: Professional song writer, performer and producer


Buy it, you will be blown away with its sounds, fit and finish. This is a beautiful guitar with no flash or trash. You can't hear abalone but you can hear a very fine musical instrument and it's understated beauty is testament to the Taylor line.
Music background: Gigging professional

Delivers as Promised

Well made, plays like an electric, nice acoustic tone for private practice, lightweight, and comfortable. Plugged-in: a convincing amplified acoustic guitar and very good electric guitar. Compared to the Acoustasonic Telecaster and the A6 Ultra, the bridge magnetic electric pickup gives it much more versatility. It does not quite sound like any existing electric guitar, but it covers all the necessary bases and no doubt would have been a classic had it been first produced in the 1950s...
Music background: Retired EE, now a Pro Musician

Liked so much I bought both sizes!

For me this is the best gigging (solo duo, etc...) guitar out there. My review won't do it justice so please check out pro video reviews. The playability is flawless, set up adjustments are easy, neck is a work of art- I sometimes play 2-3 times daily adding up to 8-10 hours playing with no hand fatigue...& this is where to buy it, if you can't get one in person, Sweetwater is so easy to work with & their check system so thorough your instrument will show up ready to gig
Music background: Pro musician

Taylor T5z Classic

I own and play 5 other guitars. The T5z is a joy to play. I love the jumbo frets. I am 70 years old and have a few joint problems. With the T5z I can easily make certain chords that were previously a little difficult to perform on some of my other guitars. Also the tones that can be produced from the T5z are wonderful. I have a Peavey Classic with two twelves and a Fender TV 12 bass amp that an acoustic guitar sounds great thru. My guitar room stays a little on the humid side, around 50% most of the time. Once the T5z acclimated to the room it stays in tune nicely. I bought the Boss AC-3 acoustic simulator just to see how my solid body guitars would sound thru it. I am pleasantly surprised. By changing the body & top settings many different sounds can be produced. Also the reverb adds a lot of color when I play thru my Fender TV 12 that does not have reverb. In closing I would like to say the service I have received from Sweetwater is great.
Music background: Not a musician play for myself & family

Sweetwater Advice

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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See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Taylor, Taylor Acoustic / Electric Guitars, Taylor Hollowbody Guitars