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 sped'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

4.5/5
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5/5

Taylor T5z

I have owned this guitar for 8 months now, and am continually amazed with it's playability and tonal quality. I have been playing over 50 years, acoustic and electric, but am having difficulty with strength in my left thumb. This is making it difficult to play my acoustics. The T5z is the perfect solution. It is very credible in electric sounds, but is just awesome through an acoustic amp in the #1 setting. I can go both ways with this amazing guitar, thought I still play my PRS Custom 22 for some rock. I am coming to the conclusion that I might not actually need it. Warnings: as a true hollow body it will feed back mightily if you aren't careful, particularly with heave distortion and louder volume. Also, super light strings rattle really bad. It really likes the Elixir's that come with it. Some things I love: it is wonderful on blues, finger style and up-the-neck leads. A little stiffer than the PRS, little more work to bend, but not bad. Incredible on acoustic finger picking. I have the mahogany - a real bargain compared to the other models. I play everything from folk to blues to rock to praise & worship. If you can only have one guitar, this it it.
Music background: Seasoned
5/5

Love for the t5z!!

This is my first foray into hybrid guitars, and I am incredibly impressed!! This is also the first Taylor I have owned, and certainly not the last! I am now eyeing up a 614ce! Like others have said, the playability of this guitar is staggering! I can play for hours and not get the slightest bit tired. Fit and finish are top notch. I prefer the mahogany top as it makes the overall look more understated. The unplugged sound is sweet! I am looking forward to years of sweet sounds from this guitar!!!
5/5

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
5/5

Great Acoustic Option

I started out in garage bands in the 70s and have working as a folk/acoustic performer for decades and played all kinds of guitars from Martin dreadnoughts to a Larrivee 12 string to a Voyage Air folding guitar. When I came across a guitar that felt a little like my old Les Paul and had an plugged in acoustic sound better than many full bodied acoustics I fell in love. Currently, I either run the T5z though a Zoom A3 and/or into a Fishman Loudbox Mini. Take an XLR out of the Mini or simply mic it and you have a great small venue set up or an on stage monitor that shows exactly what you're putting into the mix at larger venues. Have been toying with adding a Fishman internal mic... Definitely use Zebra Strings (hybrid acoustic/electric) that will allow you to get the most of the transducer and the magnetic pickups. The guitar sounds like a small bodied Gibson even without being plugged in.
5/5

Amazing versatility

Can't say enough about this guitar!! Now my favorite axe. The sound versatility is so broad and at every setting sounds so clean and clear. Well made and beautiful looking, a must for any collector. On stage, this is the only guitar you'll need. You can go from nice, deep, beautiful acoustic tones at one setting to face melting screaming solos at another. No need to change your gear anymore. The jumbo frets make playing this a pure joy.

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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