Taylor T5z Standard - Black

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Sapele Body, Acoustic Body Sensor System, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Black
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The Next Generation of Acoustic-electric

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

Taylor T5z Standard 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 Standard 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 Standard 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 Standard'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 Standard 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 Sitka spruce 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 Standard Acoustic-electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • A universe of fabulous electric and acoustic sounds - in one seamless instrument!
  • Sitka spruce 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 Standard!

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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 Sitka Spruce
Color Black
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 Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number T5z Standard - Black

Customer Reviews

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Taylor T5z Standard Guitar

I give this guitar 5 full stars - First of all, this is an Acoustic-electric guitar. Secondly, this guitar was specifically designed in mind with/for guitarists who are used to solid body electric guitars switching to a hollow bodied guitar. Thirdly, it has separate Treble, Bass, and Volume control knobs (instead of tone control knobs) that go into a preamp built into this guitar. So, you can imagine the array of different sounds thanks to the different type of control knobs alone. Fourthly, it's extremely light. Fifth, there are 2 Humbucking Pickups for screaming electric guitar sounds and a third Hollow Body Sensory Pickup to capture that plush acoustic sound made by a true Acoustic guitar with steel strings. Sixth, only the Bridge Pickup appears on the outside of this guitar's body. The Neck Humbucking Pickup and the Hollow Body Sensory Pickup are hidden inside the body! Seventh, the 5 in T5z stands for 5 Different Pickup Configurations rather than the usual 3!!! Eighth, the neck is fretted with Jumbo Frets for easier bending of the strings. Ninth, this guitar is designed in mind to work with Medium and Light gauge Elixir NanoWeb Strings. But, you can go lighter or heavier on the gauge if you'd like. However, you may not get all the plush sounds this guitar is designed to make, but you will be starting to customize your guitar! And, finally Tenth, the T5z is a fragile guitar because it's hollow. Make sure you use the proper polishing system from Taylor Guitars (sold by Sweetwater) and most importantly, the proper Humidity Control System (also, sold by Sweetwater) Needed to maintain the proper humidity level while the guitar is being stored in it's own customized hardshell case between gigs or just playing at home! You can ask your personal Sweetwater Sales Engineer for more information about the humidity control system, polishing system, strings, accessories and of course, the new Taylor T5z Standard Guitar.

simply put,

My husband bought this for my 50th birthday, and let me tell you it's a lifetime keeper! Acoustic , Electric, whatever you need, it's got it! Like holding silk in your hands! I play it for praise and worship, and simply put, it is my favorite! love it! a buy you will not regret! I have played it thru acoustic amp, combo amp, blues junior amp it doesn't matter, your gonna get the sound you need!
Music background: praise and worship Rhythym

A True Hybrid

In an effort to become inspired to play more often, I found myself in the market for a new instrument. One of the more difficult choices that I needed to make in this endeavor was whether to search for an acoustic or an electric instrument. I began playing electric, but have been playing acoustic for several years. Although my acoustics have electronics, I was leaning toward a traditional electric. I came across the T5z and after painful deliberation made the purchase. This instrument definitely got me playing again. It is immaculately constructed and plays extremely well. The feel and action is exactly somewhere between an acoustic and an electric. I guess it could be described as just what you would expect if you paired an acoustic bridge with an electric neck or perhaps vice verse. The hollow body gives it plenty of volume to sing along with, but is probably a bit less than half the volume of a high quality dreadnought. Plugged in it is extremely versatile. The sky is pretty much the limit in terms of tone shaping; with the possible exception of 80's metal tones. I find the bridge humbucker to be rather crunchy when distorted as opposed to a more polished Vai type tone. I am sure that such a tone could be accomplished, however, it would need to be generated somewhere between the jacks. In sum, this is not the best electric guitar that I own. This is not the best acoustic guitar that I own. It is, however, likely the best guitar that I own; a true hybrid. For a guy like me, this is an expensive instrument. I have no regrets. My wife was angry with me for making the purchase for approximately two weeks ... she got over it and enjoys seeing me play on a regular basis again. This is a great guitar and makes a meaningful contribution to my collection. I highly recommend it.
Music background: Aging Buffoon

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