Very NIce Guitar
The Taylor T5z is physically beautiful to look at, in a simple way without being garrish. It is light-weight but well-balanced with a strap over the shoulder. It handles easily -- the action is smooth and with just the right amount of resistance to play with either a light touch or dig in as you please. It has substantial frets, very good intonation, and lends itself well to linear playing up and down the neck, nice chord work, as well as open-position finger or flat-picking. The guitar sounds very nice unplugged -- nice for practicing, although you will want to play it out amplified. It comes strung with 11-49s by Elixir -- a good gauge for this ax, but a brand of string I didn't think I'd like. But I do kind of like them on this guitar. I'll try my usual D'Addarios next time just to compare. The five-position switch selects combinations of the bridge pickup and the neck pickup (both humbucking -- very nice electric guitar tones, smooth and bluesy to crunchy and bright) and the third pickup, a "body sensor" (which, coupled with one of the humbuckings, gives you the acoustic sound that is not my Taylor 812ce, but is still very nice). Note, the acoustic sound is a very "live body" sound, one that will pick up your cuff buttons tacking away -- but for which it's easy to make personal adjustments. The other four settings are all humbucking combinations, and make no noise except for the music you are playing. The switch set-up is intuitive and simple to use while you play, as are the two tone controls and volume. The only other criticism I am thinking of is the tuners could be a little better grade. But they work fine, and that modest compromise is not a deal breaker -- especially for the cost of the guitar, and I can always replace them. I broke the guitar in with two back-to-back New Years Eve gigs, first a mellow duo gig with my wife on piano at a small restaurant, and the second gig, rocking out through midnight in a town hall with a couple other guys sitting in -- neither occasion making me miss my usual tradeoff between my acoustic and my Tele. If you are trying to keep your gigging equipment to a minimum, the T5z cuts it as both an acoustic and electric guitar -- either straight through the PA, or through an amp -- and I guess you could do both with an A/B. I also got the Taylor case made for the T5z. Good quality and fits like a glove. Over the past few years, sales Rep Zach Bailey has responded to all of my instrument and equipment needs in a timely and friendly manner.