Taylor T5z Pro - Molasses

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Maple Top, Sapele Body, Acoustic Body Sensor System, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Maple Tiger Eye
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Taylor Takes Guitar Design to the Next Level

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

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

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Additional Media

Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide
Electric Guitar Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape T5z Pro
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Sapele
Top Material Two-tone Quilted Maple
Color Maple Tiger Eye
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Sapele
Neck Shape T5
Scale Length 24.875"
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Spires
Number of Frets 21, Jumbo
Nut Width 1.6875"
Bridge/Tailpiece Ebony with bone saddle
Tuners Chrome
Number of Pickups 2
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 T5z Deluxe Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number T5z Pro - Maple Tiger Eye

Customer Reviews

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Taylor T5z Pro Molasses

These are amazing guitars. You have the attention to detail you would expect from Taylor but the electronics are a giant step above other's trying this combination. Just like advertised you have both an electric and an acoustic in one guitar. I come from a lifetime of acoustic guitar. I only own one other electric at this time. It is a one piece body through neck hand made solid Teak. It is a heavy guitar, great for sustain and beautiful tonal qualities. The Taylor is great for sitting on the couch writing and since I keep a couple computers and an amp sitting right here I can record a hook or melody with an entire assortment of tone all from the guitar. It moves on stage and with so many available tones you are not changing guitars so much. This covers the range perfectly. My guitar has the maple soundboard, butterflied and book matched perfectly. I have owned it for just one year now and it is opening up just as an acoustic would be expected to do. I fell in love with the first one I saw at a gig, played it and ordered one the next day. I play it almost everyday.

Lovin' my T5z

Being mostly an acoustic, finger-style player, I wanted something in between my old Martin and my PRS. With some guidance from perennial Sweetwater guru A.J. Becerra, I settled on the T5z with the new curly molasses maple top. Delivery was flawless -- LOVED the warning on the package about cold-weather deliveries and letting the guitar warm up to room temperature before opening -- and timely. After two weeks of constantly picking up this new instrument, I feel like I couldn't have made a better choice. The variety of tones is great, no question, but mostly it is the FEEL that I love. It lets me play the way I want to play -- with my fingers, rather than a pick - but still gets a great electric sound when called for. And, I gotta say it, it's a beauty to look at, too.
Music background: Songwriter/Recording hobbyist

First Taylor. TKO (Totally Knocked Out)

Just received my Taylor T5z Pro (Maple Tiger Eye). My perennial pal A.J. Becerra patiently talked me through the options between T5 and T5z, as well as choices of wood for the top. Went for the pretty face and received it a few days later. Aside from just looking great and being a nice light weight, I'm knocked out by the ease of playing and the range of sounds you can get from this guitar. I'm used to Martin acoustic and PRS electric, but this perfectly fits in between and pairs up with my largely finger-style playing. That said, it wails with a pick, too. All in all, 24 hours in, I'm totally happy with my decision.
Music background: Hobbyist recording singer/songwriter guitarist, keyboardist

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