Up to 15% Off Select Gear with code: ROCKSTAR
Looking for Coupons?Call us 800-449-9128 Hablamos Español
Accessories Sale 15% off qualifying orders $25 or more
Taylor Logo
Product 514163

Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model)

  • Write a Review

The richly figured koa soundboard makes the Taylor T5 Custom Guitar with Koa Top a feast for the eyes as it commands center stage. Meticulous abalone...Click To Read More About This Product

We're sorry-this item is unavailable.

Find a similar product below or contact our experts for a recommendation of great alternatives. Call us at 800-449-9128.

Customers Also Viewed:
OVERVIEW

A versatile axe topped with luxurious figured koa.

The richly figured koa soundboard makes the Taylor T5 Custom Guitar with Koa Top a feast for the eyes as it commands center stage. Meticulous abalone fingerboard inlay work and gleaming gold hardware add more luxurious cosmetics.The thinline, fully hollow body design is remarkably light and comfortable to play, giving it the feel of a solidbody guitar. The brilliant design incorporates a 5-way pickup array to give the guitarist a huge array of tones to play with. The Taylor T5 Custom sounds fabulous with everything from mellow strumming to complex fingerpicked passages to crunchy rock chords. Plugged into an acoustic or electric guitar amp, it's ready to make its presence felt in just about any musical context.Electronics include an array of sound sources including 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.

FEATURES
  • Fully hollow thinline body
  • 5-way pickup system: magnetic acoustic humbucker, magnetic electric humbucker, Dynamic Body Sensor, preamp system
  • Figured koa 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
Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
TaylorT5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model)
 
5.0

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Reviewed by 24 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wasn't love at first sound... but now... SWEETness.

By pdbhusker

from Gering, Nebraska

See all my reviews

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

I purchased my T5 a month ago and have gigged with it twice. I'm in a band that has a playlist of about 185 songs... everything from James Taylor, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton to the Eagles... all the old time Rock and Roll stuff. Actually, anything from soup to nuts. We gig at small venues like coffee houses to larger (2000+) street dances. for gear, I use tube screamer, digital delay, chorus box... and a bit of reverb. run it through an LR Baggs para DI... PA and Peavey Vypyr. btw, the PA brings out the acoustic highs.
When I ordered the T5, I wanted something that would play both electric and acoustic sounds with an room for an occasional lead thrown in for spice. THE PROBLEM was with the 3rd string... I flat out would never stay in tune for me... at my second gig, I got so frustrated right before we went on...I tore off the Elixir G string... and through on a .026 gage electric... this was 10 minutes before we went on. I didn't have time to play around with a (plain) 3rd string... with the stretching and tuning it up. So, that night the heavy gage 3rd got me through.
BUT, here's your answer... (Bob Taylor)... D'Addario ELX 110W (wound 3rd string) or the EXL 115W. Before using these strings (with the wound 3rd string) I was so disappointed with the T% that I was considering sending it back. But, after these strings... I have literally fallen in love with this little gem. btw, you can still bend the g string, for the Johnny B. Goode leads and the like. One more thing... the plain G string would on occasion sound so tinny... this also has disappeared. With the wound G string, the sounds ... both strumming and leads sounds so natural.
now... I love this gutiar... thanks to the wound 3rd string. Next, I might try the Elixir Extra Lights (.010 - .046) I'm interested what acoustic strings might sound like... yes. I know Bob recommends a different saddle... anyway, if you're still reading ... thanks man...
the 5 way switch is awesome... you can for sure find the sound you're looking for... exp. with the active treble and bass controls.
Typical Taylor quality... I own many guitars... from Martin D41 to Taylor 814CE and I wish everyone could adopt the Taylor neck. Smooth... I love my Martin but if I could, I'd love to merge the Taylor neck to the Martin. that would be a marriage made in heaven.
I purchased the T5X... no frills... love the satin finish. couldn't justify the high cost of a koa when the T5X has the same sound outcome (electricly speaking) And i'm not buying it for the acoustic capabilities... which are minimal.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great versatility

By Jason-m-.Kj

from Wisconsin

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

I had been looking for a new guitar for quite awhile. I didn't know exactly what I was looking for, but when I found the Taylor T5 with KOA top, I knew I had found it!At first, I had thought I might like to have a sem-accoustic guitar, such as a ES-335 or some such guitar. But the Taylor was an awesome combination of that with an accoustic sound and it played great! I bought one immediately.The only drawback is that in the 2nd pickup position from the neck, the top fret simply doesn't work. I had the salesguy call Taylor and he got the run-around saying that it was a "customer preference" that the high E wasn't as loud. When he called back a 2nd time, they indeed confirmed that the body pickup is mounted directly below the top fret to get the accoustic sound and the in effect rendered the highest fret useless.That being said, I thought it was a good compromise. The top fret is available for the pickup settings that would need it - mainly electric sounds. The accoustic and electric sounds are great and I play that more than my PRS now. I would have to agree that if you want a 100% electric guitar, this isn't it, nor is it a high end Martin. However, it's a great guitar and I would recommed it to anyone who wants versatility and great sound.Jason

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Angelic Beauty

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

I have played this guitar a few times at my local store and I can not keep my hands off of it. When I first grabbed it I expected a heavy electric style body but I was really suprised to find that the guitar is actually very light and easy to handle. It plays like a true Taylor, extremely fast and extremely accurate. If you can get to somewhere that has one, you should surely play it because it is an experience even if you can't buy it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

too much greatness to put in one review

By Jeff C.

from New York City, NY

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

The Taylor T5 is one of the greatest guitars ive ever played. You may be disatisfied if playing unplugged because volume is low. I prefer it plugged in with an A/B box. Use positions 1 and 2 for acoustic and 3, 4 and 5 for electric. You can use this for anything that requires a guitar. Any T5 will serve you fine but the koa top adds warmness and doesnt look that bad either!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy one now

By joe from crofton

from crofton, Maryland

See all my reviews

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

If you only can buy one good guitar to use through an amp, then buy this one. The koa top is stunning, the workmanship is beyond flawless, the general vibe screams quality and elegance. The Taylor video showcasing the guitar is not exaggerating. try this thing through ALL of your amps. Try it through ALL of your effects. and try it through a clean acoustic amp, with the settings on flat. If you play music ranging from pristine acoustic through overdriven, effects laden grunge, you will be happy with this. Again, if you buy only one good, top of the line guitar, this is the one you should buy. It is worth EVERY penny you will spend.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Collector. Taylor T5-C2 with Premium Koa Top.

By J. Chase

from South Jersey

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

Need a everything guitar? Worried about a loss down the road? Taylor T5 has you covered. Bob and his staff went over the top on the T5. I own six Taylors. Sold one for twice the original price to buy the T5. 1992 510.. I had two, only reason i sold one.. T5 is expensive, you pay for what you get. If you have the means, buy one. You'll love it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it!

By Auxon

from Kanata, Ontario, Canada

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

This is one of the most beautiful guitars I've ever laid eyes on, sounds as good as it looks - worth at least the 6 months I waited for it. It's so balanced and even, with a variety of tones to keep you inspired. There are only 2 things I have problems with, the space between the 1st string and the edge of the neck was a pain to get used to compared to my Epiphone Les Paul Studio, because it's so close that I kept slipping the string over the edge when hammering on. I had to adapt the way I hammer on to stop pulling the string down so far, and things are good now. The other problem is a bit of buzzing down at the bridge, but it only happens when playing the 5th and 6th strings, and then only for a minute or so, as if things are settling in when I first take it out to practice/play. A minute of harder strums gets rid of it - but this only started happening well after I bought it, so I guess I have to get it checked out. This sort of imperfections are so minor compared to any other guitar I've tried putting the T5 Custom Koa in a completely different league than my Epiphone Les Paul Studio.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

one year later

By joe from crofton

from crofton, Maryland

See all my reviews

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

my taylor t5 is just over a year old. everybody who gets a great new guitar is in love with it, and then after a year or so, you REALLY start to understand what you have. i have 8 other guitars (mostly really high end), and the t5 is the guitar that i usually pick up to play for fun. it sounds like a great acoustic when played through an acoustic amp, and like a great electric when played through a decent electric amp. the guitar EXCELS at what it does, which is to provide the best possible instrument for both worlds. buy one, fall in love with it, play it for a year, and then fall in love all over again. superior instrument.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar

By Pope-qd1CW

from Austin,TX

See all my reviews

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

This guitar gives you the right sound no matter what you do to it. I have a brother that beats on it and screws with it all the time and it still looks good and sounds right.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A versatile guitar, a pleasure to play

By Bob-8xcub

from Rocky Mountains

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

I've owned my T5 Custom Koa for a little over 2 years. It immediately became one of my favorites. I currently own 4 Taylors, a Martin, a Strat, and an Epiphone Sheraton II. Since buying the T5, I have not had the Sheraton out of the case, and have rarely played the Strat or Martin.The T5 comes standard with electric strings, but will accept light acoustic strings as well. (With an optional bridge it will also accept heavier acoustic strings.) I prefer the way it plays and sounds with acoustic strings. It changes the sound and feel of the instrument from thinline electric to a true acoustic-electric.The 3 control knobs plus the pickup selector deliver an amazing range of sounds. In pure acoustic mode, it sounds like a quiet acoustic, with a dynamic range closer to a grand concert than a dreadnought. In amplified acoustic mode, adjusting the controls can make it sound like anything from a parlor guitar to a jumbo. One thing it always sounds like when played acoustically is a Taylor. In electric mode it can be set to fit just about any style. While others describe various electric settings as sounding like this or that guitar, "like" is the key word - it really has its own unique sound on all settings.The neck, action, and build quality are all typical Taylor - as close to perfection as you can get. The guitar is very lightweight, and comfortable to play standing or seated. The wood selection on my guitar is simply stunning.While the price may seem high, the build quality, playability, sound, and beauty of the instrument make it a relative bargain.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By person-Hh-Do

from Henderson,Texas

See all my reviews

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

One of my friends owns this guitar and it is amazing! It looks more beautiful in real life than it does in the picture and it sounds great. To sum it all up I would strongly recommend it.

 
5.0

T5 for Jazz

By John-YwUuF

from Glen Ellyn, IL

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

I decided a year ago I was ready to "move up" to a better electric guitar than the ones I have, primarily because I'd like to start gigging. Since I play jazz, I have looked at traditional jazz boxes and semihollow bodies. When I learned about the T5, I was eager to try one, since I own a Taylor 314-CE that is a joy to play. When I tried the T5, I was disappointed. I couldn't find the jazz sound I wanted. Perhaps it was because the store personnel had me playing through acoustic amps. Then a few nights ago I watched the T5 videos at the Taylor web site. The next day I went out and tried both a koa top and a spruce top played through a Roland Cube 60 set at the JC and black panel settings. I set the T5s with the bass turned up and the treble turned down. I also set the pups to the 1st, 2nd, and 5th positions. This time I was impressed: considering that the strings were round wounds, not flat wounds, I was able to get a very acceptable jazz sound. While the koa top is drop-dead gorgeous, I preferred the spruce top's sound. I still haven't decided what my next guitar will be, but the T5 has moved to the top of my list.

 
5.0

T5 Happiness

By FreddyG

from Santa Barbara, CA

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

Was set to buy a Taylor acoustic/electric when I tried a friend's new T5 custom. The acoustic sound was fantastic, it was beautifully crafted, so easy to play (even easier than my nylon acoustic) and lightweight. I was sold & stretched the wallet to buy the koa top. May still be in the honeymoon stage but playing more than ever,

 
5.0

Worth the wait & money!

By Steve-uGCMy

from Vancouver, WA

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

Believe all the hype about this Koa guitar, which I think is the best looking wood possible for T5's. I am finding new acoustic & electric guitar tones, due to Taylor's design. The T5 plays well, too. You won't be disappointed.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jack of all trades

By Tod-Ovjma

from Nevada City, CA

See all my reviews

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

Yes this is a wonderful guitar, no doubt. But to really appreciate it you really should have both styles of amps (acoustic and standard). To me, the guitar sounds best through an acoustic amp (where it can voice all five of its personalities). Through a standard rock amp it has a very limited "acoustic" voice. Still, it will play well through any amp (or PA system).The finish and quality is very Taylor (which means it's outstanding).

 
5.0

You've GOT to get one of these!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

In August I got my first taste of the Taylor T5 at a local music store. I played it for a bit. I still stressed over the price, but went back a month later and played another Koa top Custom...an hour later I bought it! You absolutely have to try one to appreciate the quality and thought that went into this guitar. I have a '73 Les Paul, '83 Flying V, '01 PRS Santana and a '03 Taylor 315CE L1...needless to say, the guitar I'm playing exclusively now is the T5. I've had more comments on how great the sound is through a PA setup. I'm using a Boss GT-3 for effects. Clean sound is crystal! Stomp on the GT-3 for some 5150 Crunch and HANG ON! This guitar does it ALL! Acoustic to electric sound, I can't say enough about it. Just try one...Just GET ONE!

 
5.0

Wow!!

By TeleCaStEr1690

from KY

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

This guitar is absolutly the greatest acoustic I have ever played. I played it at my local music store and was amazed. But for now I guess I'll have to wait because of the steep price. Hope this helps.

 
5.0

two years into the T5

By joe from crofton

from crofton, Maryland

See all my reviews

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

I've had the T5 Koa for two years. I also own two other taylors (914 ce and 954ce), two martins, a tele, a ricky 12, a baritone, a tacoma, and some travel guitars. The T5 is the guitar that I play the most. Simple reason: it sounds tremendous either through electric or acoustic amps, is comfortable to play, and it inspires me. This guitar was not simply a fad, or taylor's initial foray into electric guitars. It was a great idea, and the result is a beautiful, flawlessly constructed guitar that just SINGS. Buy one.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Got to have one!

By Mediamonster

from Sumner, WA

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

I visited a local music store today and picked up a new T5 Custom Koa top model. WOW! this is one nice guitar! I have had many guitars in the past and currently own 6 with a mix of the nicest Gibson and Fender models made, as well as a Taylor 614CE. The T5 is in a class of it's own. Incredible tonal ranges. Blues, Jazz and even heavy metal can be done with this guitar, although it?s better suited for Blues, Jazz, Classical and Country in my opinion. It can sound a lot like a Gibson ES-345, very close to a Fender Strat or an accoustic 6 string. Very light and the neck is very easy to play. As far as fit and finish goes, it exceeds even Taylor?s usually outstanding quality. I?m saving my pennies, cause I got to have one!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

T5

By TaylorSnob

from victorville, CA

Comments about Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model):

I am Lucky enough to own a Taylor T5 C2 with the Koa top and Standard Pickups. The T5 is an exquisite guitar with 5 distinct personalities. I prefer it played through an acoustic amp, but it is awesome through an electric amp also. In my opinion it doesn?t get any better than the T5. I also own a Taylor 714 CE which is also a truly outstanding guitar. I just found out that Taylor now has a T5 12 string. That is a GOTTA have for me.

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

See All Taylor 6 String Acoustic Guitars
You are changing the Ship-To country.

Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.