Taylor T5z Custom - Koa Shaded Edgeburst

6-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

There are electric guitars, there are acoustic guitars; then there's the Taylor T5z Custom. Sweetwater's guitar pickers are big fans of Taylor's T5 Thinline acoustic-electric. With the T5z Custom, 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 Custom, there's no limit to your sonic possibilities!

Taylor T5z Custom 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 Custom 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 Custom 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 Custom'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 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 Custom Acoustic-electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • A universe of fabulous electric and acoustic sounds - in one seamless instrument!
  • 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
Acoustic or electric? Have it all, with the Taylor T5z Custom!

Additional Media

Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide
Electric Guitar Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape T5z
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Sapele
Top Material Koa
Color Shaded Edgeburst
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Sapele
Neck Shape T5
Scale Length 24.875"
Fingerboard Material Ebony, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay T5
Number of Frets 21, Jumbo
Nut Width 1.6875"
Bridge/Tailpiece Ebony with bone saddle
Tuners Gold-plated
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 Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number T5z Custom - Koa

Customer Reviews

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Taylor T5z Custom Koa

The Taylor T5z Custom Koa sounds as beautiful as it looks. And Sweetwater is the best online place to order. Such quick and wonderful service, you need to give them a try!

The most versatile guitar I own - after almost 50 years of playing

When you combine versatility and Taylor quality, the only result could be excellence. This is now my prize guitar. Beautiful Koa top, light weight, smooth neck, and tremendous electronics combine to provide the most versatile sounds I have ever gotten from a single guitar - and I have owned 40+ guitars in my lifetime. No buyer's remorse here. My only regret is not getting this gem sooner.
Music background: Hobbyist, occasional gig here and there

T5z Custom - Could be My Last Guitar

This guitar is beautiful! The workmanship is flawless. I love the way Sweetwater allows you to pick the actual guitar that you purchase from the photo gallery. I fell in love with the T5z at a Taylor Roadshow in Clearwater, FL and ordered this one a few days later. The variety of tones available from this guitar make it so versatile. If I could have only one guitar it would be the T5z.
Music background: Hobbyist

Very Expensive, But Worth Every Penny!

I've only had my Taylor T5z Custom Koa for 24 hours, but am already blown away by it. I've been wanting one ever since they came out and demoed several of them at my local guitar stores. Taylor indicates that the T5z is a "hybrid" guitar that will give you both acoustic guitar and electric guitar tones, which is absolutely true. I've owned many guitars over the years, but this one is by far the most versatile and best quality instrument I've ever owned. I could go on for days about the amazing tones I get from the five-way tone switch, but I'll just say that I can cover just about any style of music with this guitar. The overall craftsmanship of the guitar is of the highest quality, and is practically a work of art. The Koa top is absolutely beautiful, and I look forward to hearing how the guitar sounds as the wood begins to open up over time. This is a very expensive guitar, but is well worth the investment. A special thanks to Mark Magdich and the rest of the folks at Sweetwater for providing me with such great customer service -- as usual!
Music background: Hobbyist, Home Recording

T5z Experience

Absolutely love it. When I play gigs now I don't need to bring an acoustic and my Strat. I just bring this guitar...it does it all. I tend to play pure and clean tones. This has the best sound since I played ES-335's and ES-175's in the 1970's. If you are looking for a sweet sounding guitar this is it. Also it fits me better that most guitars. The neck is very comfortable. I have worn my T5z for 4-hour gigs and my shoulder feels great.
Music background: 45 yrs playing and gigs. Previous experience with Les Pauls, Strats, ES-150, ES-175

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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