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Taylor T5-LTD Limited Edition T5 Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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Blending Taylor's premium features with surprising value.
With value on people's minds, Taylor cooked up a special batch of limited edition acoustic electric guitars ”inspired by Madagascar rosewood, Tasmanian blackwood and ovangkol”and added premium features, all at a sweet price point.
Anyone hoping the Taylor T5 would drop into their price range will be thrilled with the more affordable T5-LTD model. Featuring a top of golden brown-hued ovangkol, a satin finish that adds an organic touch to complement the top's rich variegation, this Taylor guitar comes with full T5 electronics and a Taylor gig bag.
Inspired by the Expression System pickup for acoustic guitars, the T5-LTD's pickup is yet another breakthrough developed at Taylor. Thanks to its humbucking pickups and proprietary body sensor, the Taylor T5 acoustic-electric produces a versatile range of pure analog tones from strumming acoustic to crunchy electric and everything in between. A hidden neck humbucker, a visible bridge humbucker, and a body sensor mounted to the inside surface of the top take advantage of the latest technology, using Samarium Cobalt magnets and humbucking coils. The body sensor reads the movement of the top, adding even more warmth to your acoustic tone.
Position 1 is where you'll find the most acoustic-like tones. This is a great position for solos and a good place to experiment with the tone controls. Position 3 will go from "spanky" and clean, all the way to "full-tilt crunch." In position 4 you might find it reminiscent of a '50s hollowbody with a slight scoop. Position 5 creates a full and bright sound that's great for thick lead tones.
Activating the hidden neck pickup and body sensor, Position 1 is where you'll find the most acoustic-like tones.
The body sensor is switched off, leaving only the neck pickup active and yielding warm, round tones. This is a great position for solos and a good place to experiment with the tone controls. Try rolling back the Treble knob for darker tones.
Position 3 will go from "spanky" and clean, all the way to "full-tilt crunch." Start out with the Volume at the detent (center) then roll it up to "push" the amp.
The neck pickup is reactivated and runs in parallel with the bridge pickup. You might find it reminiscent of a '50s hollowbody with a slight scoop. In Position 4 you'll find one of many unique T5 tones.
The neck and bridge pickups are running in series, creating a full and bright sound that's great for thick lead tones. Change the Volume settings and watch its "personality" change.
The guitar's innovative T-Lock neck joint brings Taylor's trademark consistency and comfort into the electric player's hands. The Taylor NT neck in 1999 added another major breakthrough in neck design that remains a benchmark for setting an accurate neck angle. It would go on to inspire the single-bolt T-Lock neck design used on the T5, and now being applied to the solid body. Like the NT neck, The T-Lock employs a neck joint and a precisely milled pocket spacer to dial-in the perfect neck angle. As the neck bolt is tightened in place, it pulls the neck both down and back toward the bridge for perfect alignment and stability. It's simple to put on or take off to switch out spacers for angle adjustment. And once in place, the fit is perfect, allowing no side movement.
The T5 electronics were inspired by Taylor's Expression System, and then were custom designed to bring out the best electric and acoustic tones from the guitar.
In addition to the 5-way switch, two active preamp/EQ tone controls and a volume control”incorporating the same soft-touch rollers as those used on the ES”allow for a wide range of additional tone-shaping within each switch position. Located on the soundboard near the upper left shoulder of the guitar are the Volume (set apart from the other two controls), Bass (the middle control), and Treble (closest to the fretboard).
Like the Expression System, all three controls have a center detent, which can be felt as a slight "bump" when you roll the control to the center position. For Bass and Treble, the center detent indicates the "off" or "flat" mode. The center point of the Volume knob indicates half of the highest volume output.
Also, keep in mind that despite the lack of a Midrange control knob, you can still easily boost or cut the mids by rolling the Treble and Bass controls past the center detent in either direction, then adjusting the volume. Turning both the Bass and Treble controls up effectively dips the mids, while turning them below the center detent boosts the mids.
The Hybrid Body
Three-plus decades of acoustic expertise informed the way Taylor shaped the hollow body hybrid T5-LTD acoustic electric guitar. You can hear the tonal character before you even plug it in. The Taylor T5 features a fully hollow body and an active soundboard with a compound radius. The top is a flat piece of wood braced into an arch to capture the acoustic resonance. The f-holes in the top were specially designed and voiced to further enhance the resonance of the body chamber, and to allow the top to breathe in relation to the player s dynamic attack.
Despite the f-holes and the slight arch in the top, the T5 is not an archtop guitar. Its acoustic tone is more akin to a flattop style of sound, as opposed to a carved top instrument like a violin, viola, archtop guitar, or mandolin.
- Model Name: Taylor T5-LTD
- Type/Shape: 6-String T5 Custom Thinline
- Back and sides: sapele
- Top: golden brown-hued ovangkol
- Neck: sapele
- Fretboard: ebony
- Headstock Overlay: ebony
- Bridge: ebony
- Nut and saddle: bone
- Tuning machines: chrome
- Scale Length 24-7/8"
- Truss rod: adjustable
- Neck width at nut: 1-11/16"
- Number of Frets 21/ 14 open
- Fretboard radius: 15"
- Bracing: T5 custom
- Finish: satin
- Body width: 16"
- Body depth: 2.35"
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This guitar is my live guitar. I need to be able to switch between acoustic and electric several times a night and this guitar does it so well. Of course I'll use my Les Paul and my Gibson Acoustic in the studio, but the T5 is the only guitar I play live and the others sit there as back-up. Why anyone would write anything negative about this guitar is beyond me, this guitar has personality and tones that you can work with live. Before this I had the T5-S1 with the figured maple top, and even though that guitar was sweet, this one is just a little bit sweeter on the acoustic side for sound. How about the price, you will have trouble finding a used T5 for what this one cost me new. If you are switching from acoustic to electric more than once a night then you need to try this guitar.
During live performances, there are many times when I want to switch between an acoustic sound and a heavy overdriven rock sound. While I have other guitars that do either function better, none of my other guitars can do both well. Using a Custom Made tube amp (similar to a Marshall JCM 80 but more overdrive available), I can get very convincing AC/DC rhythm sounds, ala Malcolm Young's semi-hollow body Gretch. I can even get more overdriven, so long as I keep my distance from the amp. The acoustic sounds get routed to my PA and monitors. I've also used a Radial Cab bone to route the acoustic sounds to an acoustic amp on stage. This guitar has a MUCH better acoustic sound than any electric guitar I've owned or played that came equipped with piezo's for acoustic sounds. It's less complicated than using guitar synths for acoustic sounds, while sounding more natural. Yes, there are full blown acoustics available that will sound better; but I haven't found a guitar that can do both jobs that the T5 does with such satisfying, natural sounding results for acoustic & overdriven electric sounds. It can't replace my strats or my LP's; but the T-5 is my go to guitar when I need to switch from acoustic to electric sounds live.
I wanted to like this guitar but it is just an overpriced hype. It doesn't do anything really well for the money. If you want an electric or an acoustic electric get a " real" Taylor or an quality electric and not one these gimmicks. A million of used ones are on sale on the net. Its just an average sound and most any quality guitar can get this for less.
I will start by saying that I do not own this guitar - however, I have spent some quality time with it at my local music store as well as several other T5s. That stated, I can say that this T5 has a richer tone than the others (less brittle due to the lack of maple). It also sounds quite creamy through a Fender DeVille amp with a little tube saturation. As far as the acoustic guitar portion of it goes - I have yet to be blown away by any of the T5s. All in all however, I believe this to be an excellent guitar that I hope Taylor continues to make.