The Hybrid Revolution

Given Taylor’s track record for innovation, we shouldn’t be surprised when they come forth with a revolutionary design. However, the radical nature and inspiring tone of the Taylor T5z still caught us off-guard when it came out, and we’re still astonished at its versatility a decade and a half later. Basically, it’s Taylor’s attempt to merge the functionality of an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar. They accomplish this with an intuitive pickup switching system. The five-way switch allows you to toggle between a concealed neck humbucker for warm, bluesy, jazzy tones, an acoustic body sensor for natural acoustic sound, and a bridge humbucker for muscular rock punch. Having all of these sounds in your tool-kit allows you to switch timbres (and genres) on the fly and cover all sorts of ground without ever having to switch instruments. And, since its compact body shape and fast neck make it incredibly comfortable to play, you won’t want to switch, anyway!

The T5z comes in a wide variety of different flavors. There’s the stripped-down, earthy, all-mahogany T5z Classic, which is perfect for players looking for exceptional warm tone at a great value. Taylor also makes the T5z Classic DLX, which retains the warmth of the Classic and gains a sweet shaded edgeburst finish and a hardshell case. Then there’s the T5z Standard, which comes with a spruce top and a beautiful tobacco sunburst finish and has a brighter, sunnier voice. After that, there’s the T5z Pro, which can wear four super-cool finishes (Borrego Red, Pacific Blue, Gaslamp Black and Tobacco Sunburst) on its gorgeous flamed maple top. Finally, there’s the T5z Custom, which sports a jaw-dropping koa top underneath a shaded edgeburst finish. And, if six strings aren’t enough for you, you can get the Classic and the Custom as twelve-strings for all the chime and jangle you can handle.

We’re proud to present our selection of Taylor T5zs. We are sure their stunning looks and versatility will inspire you to reach new heights on your fretboard journey!