2015 Taylor T5 Classic Acoustic/Electric

The Blue Book Says:
– single cutaway thinline hollow Sapele body, Ovangkol top, two split unbound f-holes, Sapele neck, 21-fret ebony fingerboard with small diamond inlays, ebony headstock overlay, three-per-side tuners, ebony bridge, three total pickups: under-fingerboard neck humbucker, visible bridge humbucker, and acoustic body sensor mounted to the inside surface of the top, three knobs, five-way switch, chrome plated hardware, available in Natural finish, 24.875 in. scale, gig bag included, mfg. 2010-present.

Taylor Guitars Say:

Mahogany-top guitars aren’t exclusive to Taylor’s acoustic line. The character-rich hog-top T5 Classic shows off a dark, earthy look that’s underscored by a satin classic mahogany finish and an unbound body. The hollowbody hybrid’s three-pickup configuration features an acoustic body sensor, a concealed neck humbucker, and a visible bridge humbucker, plus five-way switching and onboard tone controls that give players a truly full-range performance guitar. Additional appointments include Small Diamond inlays and nickel hardware. The guitar ships in a Taylor gig bag.

A true Taylor original, the groundbreaking hollowbody T5 bridges the electric and acoustic worlds like no other guitar, giving gigging players a versatile range of electric and amplified acoustic flavors, all in one guitar. The magic is in our blend of proprietary pickup designs and switching capability. An active soundboard and a magnetic acoustic body sensor capture a natural-sounding acoustic voice, while a pair of electric pickups — a concealed neck humbucker and a visible bridge humbucker — crank out an array of electric sounds. Five-way switching and onboard tone controls enable players to flick from warm jazz to vintage blues to heavy distortion in an instant. The T5’s dual compatibility with electric and acoustic amps (or both with an A/B box) translates into a broad sonic palette for players to explore.

I Say:

“One guitar to rule them all….?”

Ostensibly this is a thin-line acoustic guitar with added hum bucking neck and bridge pickups for electronic guitar sounds.

Whilst the spec suggests that the electronic pickups are hum bucking, the sounds are more telecaster like – but without hum.  The acoustic pickup is great and produces a clear bright acoustic tone.

The 5 position switch provides the following options:

Position 1 – Acoustic body sensor and neck hum bucker.

Position 2 – Neck hum bucker (hidden under the neck!).

Position 3. Bridge hum bucker (visible).

Position 4 – Neck and Bridge in parallel.

Position 5 – Neck and Bridge in series.

The Guitar is remarkably un-marked, apart from some small amount of  “shine” to the satin finish in the usual areas of wear.

Unlike buying this from new, rather than a “gig bag” it comes in a high quality Kinsman hard case that has had the Taylor decal applied.

All electronics are fully functional and crackle free, the guitar has a new set of Elixir 10’s on it ( this is what Taylor ships it with).