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Taylor T5 Custom Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Maple Top

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The Taylor T5 Custom electric guitar has a select figured maple top, intricate abalone fretboard inlays, and gold hardware.A resonant, fully hollow t...Click To Read More About This Product

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Solidbody performance with Taylor acoustic tone.

The Taylor T5 Custom electric guitar has a select figured maple top, intricate abalone fretboard inlays, and gold hardware.

A resonant, fully hollow thinline body forms the backbone of the T5 Custom electric. Its comfort and playability is unquestionable, with the performance freedom of a solidbody and the feel and sound of a beloved Taylor acoustic. Whether played through an electric or acoustic amp, it delivers a fantastic range of pure tones from smooth, strumming acoustic to crunchy electric chords.

Electronics include a unique 5-way pickup system composed of a magnetic acoustic humbucker, magnetic electric humbucker, and a single Dynamic Body Sensor soundboard pickup, as well as a preamp system for mixing up the exact tone you need. Full binding, bone nut and saddle, stylized F-holes, a mahogany neck, sapele body, and an ebony fretboard and headstock overlay are standard.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

  • Fully hollow thinline body
  • 5-way pickup system: magnetic acoustic humbucker, magnetic electric humbucker, Dynamic Body Sensor, preamp system
  • Figured maple top
  • Mahogany neck
  • Sapele body
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Stylized F-holes
  • Ebony fretboard, bridge, and headstock overlay
  • Taylor Artist abalone fretboard inlays
  • Chrome hardware
  • Full binding

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An expensive investment.

I saved up while i was in high school for a year to get this guitar, so i had really high expectations considering it was on backorder for 5 months before i finally got...Read complete review

I saved up while i was in high school for a year to get this guitar, so i had really high expectations considering it was on backorder for 5 months before i finally got it. I did not regret it however, as this is the best guitar i've ever played. Some of my friends who are into thin-necked shredding guitars have a problem with how thick the neck is when they play it, but i also have a gibson sg with a fairly thick neck, so it ended up feeling very natural to me. I'm sure anybody who likes playing gibsons or acoustics would probably get a lot of satisfaction out of this instrument.My main problem with this guitar is that it's already put a deep dent in the pocket and has overshadowed my amp, a twin 12 fender. When i play things with a lot of gain, like raunchy blues or metal, i have a lot of trouble controlling the guitar at high volumes, even on the bridge pickup. I've heard it on better amps and know that it can handle this, but my amp can't. so though i have a better job by now, it still feels like being on the bottom of a new mountain (though at least i have a really sweet guitar in the meanwhile, as if messing with my amp is a big enough headache, it's a lot of hassle-free fun unplugged.


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Disapointed with a Taylor T5

Something was rattling in the box and something in the box vibrated during playing. The A and G strings needed too much adjustment as I got much buzz. For the price I payed I...Read complete review

Something was rattling in the box and something in the box vibrated during playing. The A and G strings needed too much adjustment as I got much buzz. For the price I payed I was very upset, Very upset and sad. I have an older TAYLOR acoustic that is great, the best. I guess they messed up. Good thing I brought it at Guitar Center and they have their 30 day return policy.

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Great Guitar!

By syn4president

from millersport, ohio

I started playing guitar 5 years ago, when i was 12. I started out with a squire strat and then i bought an american deluxe tele.After a lot of savings i bout this Taylor Thinline 5-way Custom (cherry sunburst).it is a truly heavenly guitar. Ive never been able to easily go from a bright full clean tone to an overdrived guitar solo with great sounds on each end.the features built into this guitar make it an instant classic and il never get rid of this guitar ever in my life.

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Awesome Guitar!

By Taylor4Ever

from Johnson City, TN

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This guitar is the best playing, nicest sounding sounding guitar I have ever come across in my life. Shortly after some friends bought a pair of standards I bought my quilt-top custom and I love it. After about 6 months im noticing a buzz inside when playing the G string, but its probably my fault and can be remedied. This guitar is worth its moeny easy and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


buttered angels


from Tucson, AZ

I was all set to make my first big guitar purchase on a PRS beauty. The retailer made a suggestion, and long story short, I fell in love and walked out that day with a T5. There was a problem with a neck twist at first, probably due to the dry weather here, but a pro set up by a Taylor cert worked it out. In short it is the easiest, smoothest, most beautiful thing I've yet played. I best describe it as playing like melting butter and sounding like choruses of angels. Unbelievable tones and features, versatile with infinite possibilities. A connoisseur's buy.


Rating the Taylor T5-C1

By Bluesman5364

from California

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While this is a beauty to look at, smooth and easy to play, and sounds great both plugged and unplugged, it's pricey. The faux Alligator case hardware is not the best quality or set right for tightness when locked down. The dials and selector are easy to use. Changing out the 9V battery is difficult without the aid of a butter knife or small screwdriver. A strap to pop out the battery would have been a nice feature. The guitar sound is however a thing of beauty and if you have the money to shell out or don't mind doing so, it's a nice addition to any guitar stable.


Not as happy as I thought

By hmm......

from Indy

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You know, Taylors are great guitars as is this one, but this guitar just does not do it for me.. I bought mine about 8 months ago and for the most part it just sits in its case.. My amps are probably the main problem.. I'm running through two marshall heads (JCM 900 and 1959HW). I'm more of a blues guitarist, so I think if maybe I picked up an old vintage fender twin, it might tickle my fancy a little more.. If not, I'll probably trade for a hollowbody gibson of some sort


Taylor T5 Custom Maple Top

By Philip J

from Fountain, CO

The most amazing guitar I have ever owned or played. Need a Tele, it's there, a Strat, it's in there. How about a Les Paul, ES 335, ES 175, or a Lucille, it's in there. Maybe a Gretsch, PRS or anything else you can imagine playing it can go there. The Acoustic side, just dream and it can emulate it. Martin, Fender, Takamine, TAYLOR, Ovation! One the PA the sound is so crisp and crystal clear, it takes your breath away. The action is so amazing, it plays just by breathing on the strings. The controls are simple but affective. I been wanting and waiting for one of these since they first came out, I wish I had bought it sooner. I would have saved myself from buying the 7 other guitars that this will replace. Bottom line, you will not be disappointed in owning this guitar. Only the price might stop you, but it's worth every penny spent!


T5 Custom Maple Top

By jude marshall-nCgXU

from NC

I have owned Taylor guitars in the past so I expected this guitar to be excellent; no let down, it is superb! It plays almost as well as a vintage Fender Strat I own. The tone quality is excellent when played through an acoustic amp. It sounds like a 614CE. Playing it in the acoustic mode through an electric amp is good, not great. But, if you play electric and want to play limited acoustical phrases, it's great.I play through a Genz-Benz El-Diablo 100 and a Bose PSA system with Subs.


Great guitar... but too much money?

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Anyone that used this guitar can tell you that you'll fall in love with it right away, which is true, you will. It is a lot of money and I'm more of an electric guitar guy too spend this much money, but after my (soon to come) Gibson les paul Studio I'll think about something like this. I played this guitar in Dave Phillips (nearby music store.... very good one too!) and SOMETHINGS I NOTICED were that it didn't sit on your lap very well because of the very skiny body (about the thickness of a tele) however the sound makes up for it. I didn't play it through an amp, but without one there isn't much bass. Another good thing though is that it is very easy to play on, I found myself playing songs like "over the hills and far away" by Led Zeppelin with ease and great tone. A lot of pros and some cons, but if you can cough up the money you ARE NOT WASTING IT!


Taylor T5 C1

By Scott P.

from Wilmington, DE

I've been playing for over 20 years and this is the first time that I have ever ordered a guitar online without ever playing it. I play a mix of blues, rock, bluegrass, folk, etc. essentially Americana guitar. So from all the reviews and feedback I'd seen and heard it seemed the ideal guitar for me. Well, believe the hype. This is easily the best guitar I have ever owned, and quite possibly the best I have ever played. The finish and detail are perfect. The neck feel and speed are amazing for an electric - let alone an acoustic. I've been playing it constantly unplugged and continue to be impressed with how natural and full it sounds sans amp. I own several strats as well as a Taylor 415 and naturally have a very split personality when I play electric versus playing acoustic. Taylor has created the perfect electric/acoustic hybrid guitar, yet the sound is uniquely its own. This will no doubt create a whole new personality for my playing. If you are willing (it is steep) you will no doubt find it is worth the investment.


T5 Custom Maple Top

By AndyC

from Toronto, Ontario

This guitar is not a personal favorite of mine. The T5 can go so many ways. Wether you are purely into acoustic, this guitar can do that. If you are in to metal or blues, this guitar can do it. The problem that I have experienced with this guitar is simply its shape. From looking at the picture you will think that it is shaped fine, but if you are sitting on a chair your strumming arm will begin to get soar after a long time. Other than that, I find that the guitar is too perfect, and for me, being too perfect isnt what I am looking for. It has no signature sound so it is completely unidentifiable when playing, opposed to a tele, strat or les paul, which has its own unique sound. In my opinion, this is the perfect guitar for recording with, but it can do anything!

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