Perfect for my needs!
I play primarily acoustic at home with the family. I have three young children and I have to be sensitive to volume--especially late at night.
I also wanted something that had a little more of an electric feel. I had played various models of the T5 in the past and I believed it was a good crossover for me. However, after trying a few, if I closed my eyes, it still FELT like I was playing a Taylor acoustic guitar--not a bad thing, mind you. It's just that I wanted something with a different feel.
Enter the T5z. 12" fretboard radius, jumbo frets, smaller (LP-like) body... the first time I played one, I knew I would own one. I was already sold on the idea of the T5, but slanting the style more towards an electric feel--It was exactly what I was looking for.
I made a great deal with Brent (here @ Sweetwater) on a Custom Koa and I couldn't be happier. Playing it unplugged is great! Has a full acoustic sound, not as boomy of course, but still warm and balanced. However, I can play it late into the night without bothering anyone because it's not loud--it's just loud enough.
Plugged in is where it really shines though. This thing can run the gamut from solo acoustic work, to lead runs with overdrive, to jazzy chords--you name it! Even Taylor reps will tell you that the T5z will not replace the Strat or a Les Paul, but if you're looking for something with some serious versatility that will allow you to cover a ton of styles with one guitar, give this one a hard look.
I absolutely love playing it. I love the way it looks (my Koa is highly figured). I even love the way it smells. If you're like me and you're on the fence about making a full blown dive into an electric rig because you mostly play acoustic... the T5z might be for you.
Plus, it's a Taylor. The design, the electronics, the easy-playing neck, the quality hard-shell case... it's what you expect from Taylor.