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    A versatile axe topped with luxurious figured koa.

    The Taylor T5 Custom Guitar with Koa Top is the T5 with a stunning figured top, intricate abalone fretboard inlays, and gold hardware.

    A resonant, fully hollow thinline body is the backbone of the T5. 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.

    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

    The T5 may be the only axe you need. Call or click today to get yours.

     
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    TaylorT5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model)
     
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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

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

    By pdbhusker

    from Gering, Nebraska

    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.

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    (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.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

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

    By person-Hh-Do

    from Henderson,Texas

    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.

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    (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!

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    (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

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    (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.

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    5.0

    two years into the T5

    By joe from crofton

    from crofton, Maryland

    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.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Long-term review

    By Jeffrey Rupp

    from Mississippi

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

    I've had my T5 Custom Koa since they came out a couple of years ago. It has several things going for it. The guitar is extremely versatile, extremely well made and extremely beautiful. You really fell like you're playing a work of art. I have used this for club dates with my band, duos, weddings and jazz gigs. It works for all of them and is truly satisfying to play.That said, if I'm playing a strictly acoustic gig then I take another guitar, usually my Takamine, which I feel sounds better plugged in than my Taylor 612ce. The T5 is an outstanding instrument but it is NOT an acoustic/electric. Think of it more as an electric/acoustic. Also, I own three Taylors and believe they represent the gold standard in American guitar craftsmanship these days. That said, why does Taylor tout this as the ultimate guitar for everything and then suggest you run it through some super expensive Taylor pre-amp to get the ultimate sound? I love you Bob Taylor but if I spend for an acoustic electric then it better sound super out of the box.

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    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,

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    one year later

    By joe from crofton

    from crofton, Maryland

    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.

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