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

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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. ... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
Full binding
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TaylorT5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top (2010 Model)
 
4.7

(based on 16 reviews)

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(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Big Surprise!

By Richard B

from Myrtle Beach, SC

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

A guitar that hides a lot of versatility and a wide, unexpected, combination of tones and performance. Try a T5 and you will probably add one to your collection. Careful, though, a T5 has that "come hold and play with me" magic about it---you may not be able to put it down. I have the Koa top T5. Exceptional build quality and fully up to Taylor standards. It's a pleasure to play and seems to just "feel right." in my hands. For small rooms or just practice I use it without an amp. Playing this way it has a nice warm tone that I am told will warm even more as the Koa ages. Acoustically--without an amp, it doesn't have the warmth and fullness of a full size sitka spruce/rosewood build, but still very nice and crisp. Connected to a Mesa Lone Star amplifier the guitar warms up beautifully producing sweet warm, rich, thick acoustic tones---from an amp made for an electric. It really shows off how this amp nicely. Likewise, it has the ability to give crunchy electric with just the flip of a switch (or two). Connected to more of a PA style Bose L1, I get nice crisp acoustic sounds that ring out strong and whole. Hope this helps.

(19 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar, high price

By Justin

from Pomfret, CT

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

I?ve had the good fortune to play several of the Taylor T5 models. A friend of mine bought this one, and the Custom model with the Koa is the one I?ve used the most as a result. The guitar is a dream. It?s thin and anything but the standard dreadnought or grand auditorium body. But it is a hollow-body acoustic first and foremost, and it has a great sound. On the electric side, Taylor pulled their usual approach and basically customized everything. It?s their own pick-up, and the hardware isn?t where you?d expect it to be. Still, it?s comfortable to use and you get used to things quickly. We?ve tried it with five or six different amps and always manage to get tremendous clarity and depth of sound. VERY easy to tune and care for. It comes with a custom case. As a package, it is worth the price? but it is an investment. It?s one of the more expensive guitars in the Taylor line, and all I can say about that is so far you get what you pay for. If you have the means, it is that good.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME

By Keith

from Michigan

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

I got this guitar as a present from my wife last April 2008 and I love it. I'm not sure why this has a rating of 4 with everyone talking about how great it is, you get what you pay for and I already got rid of one of my other guitars. If you want to be envied by your friends, get this guitar!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Warning

By Dom

from seattle, WA

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

I wanna say from the start that this guitar is INCREDIBLE. I bought it about two years ago and it has surpassed my expectations. As an acoustic, the tone is amazing. People judge it becuase it is so thin, but the acoustic tone it produces keeps up with all the fully acoustic Taylor lineup. the guitar also works great with distortion, overdrive, and any other effect you wanna throw its way. It does not capo very well... you have to do it just right. some capos squeeze too hard and it goes out of tune. The price is the biggest issue here. If you are going to be using acoustic and electric settings equally much, then the guitar is worth it. But as just an electric, you can buy one just as good, or even better for a much lower price. I regret rushing into buying this guitar because i could have bought an amazing electric and plenty of effects for the same price.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LIKE NO OTHER

By Gonzo

from Rhode Island

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

I'm selling my Martin and Les Paul. I no longer have any use for them. Nice job Taylor. You've created the ultimate hybrid!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Taylor T5 Custom Koa

By Nick

from Worthington, Ohio

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

I took a trip up to GC just to play around and see if i could find anything interesting and new. I tried out quite a few acoustics while i was there. Taylors, Breedloves, Gibsons, Martins, etc. I could honestly say that i didnt really like most of them. Even the super expensive ones. Then I saw sitting in the showcase, a Taylor T5.. I picked it up and before i even starting playing i just knew... it was "the guitar". The one i'd been searching for for quite a while. It was no doubt the most comfortable acoustic ive ever played in my entire life. I'm very pleased with the sound: very crisp and bright. The only qualm i have with it is that i wish it had a little more low end when not plugged in, but thats something you sacrifice when you have such a thin guitar. Needless to say it will be mine sometime soon.. =]

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hardest Decision Ever

By JD

from Friendswood, Texas

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

I have been wanting an Acoustic / Electric for a very long time. I had a Martin D3532 that had an amazing sound. It actually sounded better than my '51 Gibson J45, my '77 Gibson J50, and my '94 Gibson J180, but I have been a little bored lately so I wnt to GC and took a look around. I tried out all of the new Gibsons, Breedloves, and then the Taylor guitars. I tried at least 5 different Taylors, but I was really taken by the amazing quality and sound of the Taylor 814Ce. I did not want to do the "impulse buy" so I left and returned the next day to go through the same process. This time I also tried the Taylor T5 with the Koa top. WOW! ---hooked up to a couple of amps (Acoustic and Electric at the same time to get the full effects). This guitar has renewed my spirit and interest in learning so many new things. I cannot believe the beauty, feel, and sounds that this guitar has. I also have a '08 Fender Stratocaster and a Gibson '66 Melodymaker. As hard as it was for me to imagine, I have no reason to believe that I will renew any interest in playing any of the other guitars I own now that I have the Taylor T5. The 5 different p/u combination selections, ease of tone and volume control, lightweight and thin-body characteristics, coupled with the correct combination of Acoustic/Electric Amps (not very expensive ones) there is nothing this Taylor T5 cannot do. I have had a lot of shoulder problems in the past. I play right-handed and when sitting, I play with the guitar over my right thigh. SOme of the larger bodied guitars present a tiring and uncomfortable playing position for me after about ten minutes, but with the Talyor T5's thin body I have played all evening and never got that shoulder ache. This is the most comfortable guitar I have played and I have never been happier with any guitar like I am with the Taylor T5.

(3 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sounds Good

By Sagmack

from Huntersville, NC

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

Got one, loved it. The case looks pretty too. But in the long run doesn't protect the guitar. Sorry to say mines in splinters due to the case popping open when it took a tumble. The guitar doesn't take much punishment either, seemed rather fragile. I still own it however, at least what is left of it. The kneck is still usable and maybe the electronics, but without a body and strings doesn't sound too good.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Stunning...

By brittonson

from Texas

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

I don't know where to begin with this guitar. I bought her for an acoustic/electric, but now I use her with my Marshall stack even more than i use it as an acoustic. The tone (both plugged and unplugged) is amazing, and the action is perfect, I love this guitar far more than my Les Paul.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

no question one of the best ever!!!

By taylor 5 rules

from new york

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

The t5 is beyond compare. Me and my freinds played this guitar at guitar center. The acustic sound is magnificent it was simply amazing! The more amazing part is when you plug it in to an amp it sounds exactly like an eletric guitar. This is the best hybrid i have ever seen in my entire life. The price is my only problem. Other than that one of the best guitars i have ever seen.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great sound but lacks details for price

By Wolfgangfrankenstein

from Milford, Ohio

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

This guitar has the best tone I've ever had. Saying that, the keys are terrible. It wont hold tune if you play it like an electric for any kind of soloing. It capo's like a nightmare. I always have to adjust a couple of strings. For the price, it should probably do better in those areas. Other than that I would say I would buy another if it were stolen due to the sound alone.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great guitar

By Kevin

from houston

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

I got this as a gift from my wife. I own a Les Paul, a Strat, an Ibanez hollow body electric, a Takamine acoustic and a Martin Backpacker. It has a beautiful tone --it seems to have a lot of versatility but I prefer a clean sound and I haven't really tested out its range. I have only had it a couple of weeks. It has a perfect neck and it is without a doubt the lightest guitar I have ever played. That wasn't even a consideration when I was "hinting" to my wife that this would be a great Christmas gift. I am an old gray hair, though, so that turned out to be a nice plus. in the end the only thing that matters in a guitar is how it plays and how it sounds and this one deserves 5 stars for both

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All I thought it would be

By Melinda Smith

from West Hollywood, CA

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

I'm a novice player taking up guitar after having played a bit as a teenager many years ago. I'd been daydreaming about a T5 and was lucky enough to receive one as a gift. It's an absolute pleasure - everything I play sounds so good it's as though the instrument invites me to do more at each step. The action is light and the tone beautiful, and its versatility gives me the range to try many types of music.I had been leaning toward the standard model with the sage green metallic finish but the koa top is so beautifully figured that, sitting on the stand, it seems to call out from across the room. Now the only problem is that all I want to do is sit around and play!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GREAT GUITAR

By Bob

from Mendham, NJ

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

I have the T5 Koa and is has a great great sound and feel. I also have a $5K PRS McCarty which is a great guitar, but I use the T5 most often because of its great tone. I also use the Taylor K4 EQ with a Marshall 50W Acoustic and Fender Twin with A/B Box, playing through both amps. Works great with this particular guitar. I love it!!

 
5.0

Fantastic

By Jon-Nolan Paresa

from Sacramento, CA

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

I purchased this guitar from the Sacramento Guitar Center. The folks at the store especially Jose, were fantastic. I love the guitar and it plays better than any electric I currently own. The sound is unbelievable. Warmest regards to the professionalism of the Sacramento Guitar Center. Thanks Jose!

 
5.0

Sweet Addiction

By David Claud

from West Plam Beach, FL.

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

This guitar was calling my name for a few months. I usually visit acoustic guitar room whenever I go the GC and this was a new addition on the wall that just stood out and spoke to me. When iI first played it I was amazed at the quality and ease of play. Every time I went into the store I played it and loved it more each time. Then I researched it online and discovered the unique design features of the electronic s and this just added to the fever. I decided to but it but the day I went in to get it was gone! I was crazy for this guitar so went to another GC store to buy one they had but it didn't play quite as nice. I had to have one and decided to order one and take my chances. I am glad I did. This guitar is a fine instrument and I cannot say enough about the quality of Taylor guitars. Also thanks to Chris at WPB GC store for helping get this baby in my hands for Christmas.

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