Taylor’s revolutionary T5 is an acoustic guitar, and it is an electric guitar. It’s practically the working guitarist’s definition of “versatile”.
From Taylor – “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.”
When Bob Taylor launched the first T5 on an unsuspecting music public in 2005, it was nominated for ‘Electric Guitar Of The Year’ in the music industry press. It was also nominated as ‘Acoustic Guitar Of The Year’. It won both awards.
You can get fantastic semi-acoustic tones in the first pickup selector position, Tele-like tones in position three, and chunky rock power in position five, with the bridge and neck pickups running in series. Play around with the volume and tone controls and you’ll also open up an extraordinarily diverse palette of sonic shading and options – some of which sound absolutely incredible pushed into overdrive.
Scale Length – 24-7/8″
Bracing – Standard T5
Tuners – Taylor Chrome
Frets – 21
Binding / Edge Treatment – White
Top Wood – Sitka Spruce
Finish – Gloss
Back / Side Wood – Sapele
Stain / Sunburst – Natural
Neck Width – 1-11/16″
Fretboard Wood – Ebony
Fretboard Inlay – 2.5mm Dots
Neck / Heel – Sapele
Headstock Overlay – Ebony
Peghead Logo – Taylor Mother of Pearl
On the electric side, you get active tone controls that work like an EQ, allowing you to add or subtract bass and treble to suit, while the visible humbucker comes equipped with Taylor’s noise-cancelling dummy circuit, further adding to the instrument’s quite astonishing versatility.
The 5-way pickup switching options are –
Position 1: neck humbucker and body sensor
Position 2: neck humbucker only
Position 3: bridge humbucker
Position 4: neck & bridge humbuckers in parallel (Gibson ES-335 or a fifties Gretsch hollowbody)
Position 5: neck & bridge humbuckers in series (from jazz stylings right through to full, fat lead work)
This particular T5-S is in excellent playing condition. It has been used professionally for some years, but always well looked after. There is some minor player wear, but no bad dings or marks of any kind. The frets are 95%, and it is structurally sound with no changes from its original spec. It is acoustically lively, but really comes into its own when plugged into a PA, an acoustic amp, or even an electric amp with pedals.
A wonderfully versatile performer’s guitar in great condition – one you can take anywhere and cover a lot of ground.
Comes in its original Taylor custom hard case in excellent condition.