Taylor T5z Custom Electric Guitar (with case)

Get flawless electric and acoustic tones with the Taylor T5z Custom -- a compact hollowbody hybrid guitar with jumbo frets and three uniquely voiced pickups.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Hawaiian koa top Gorgeous figuring; sweet tone mellows as it ages
Sapele back and sides Rich, warm, and focused midrange; added sustain
Ebony fretboard Dark color, tight grain; premium fretboard wood
Taylor T5 electronics with 5-way switch Wide tonal range; two humbuckers plus body sensor

Taylor's top-of-the-line model in their T5 series of hybrid electric-acoustic guitars, the T5z Custom gives you the same body design and electronics as the Taylor T5z Standard -- with the added detail of a Hawaiian koa top finished with an exotic shaded edgeburst pattern. The warm beauty of the koa has to be seen to be believed, while its unique resonant properties yield a gorgeous tone that is similarly hard to describe. This stunning instrument's fretboard sports the progressive spires inlay scheme that is unique to the T5z Pro and the T5z Custom.

Check out all the great electric and acoustic sounds the T5z offers:

Nothing But the Best Tonewoods

The T5z uses select sapele in the neck, heel, back and sides, which is matched tonally to a Sitka spruce top. The unique internal bracing pattern follows the patented design found on the original T5 models. Even if you strum a chord when the T5z isn't plugged in, you'll immediately hear its rich, crisp voice. The 12-inch radius ebony fretboard is carved to ensure perfect intonation at every point on the neck, and is set with super-comfortable jumbo frets. When you play the T5z, string bends feel effortless -- yet sustain gloriously.

Get an in-depth look at the Taylor T5z in this video:

Revolutionary Acoustic-Electric Pickup/Sensor System

In addition to its one-of-a-kind body design, the sound of the Taylor T5z is derived from the presence of the T5 electronic system and its 5-way position switch. With two read more custom-designed humbuckers and a separate acoustic body sensor, the T5z brings the best of two worlds together and yields astonishing tonal range.

Position 1 combines the output of the Neck Humbucker and the Body Sensor. This is undoubtedly the coolest feature on the T5z, and opens up a vast tonal palette. By fine-tuning the controls for the pickups and the sensor respectively, you'll be able to explore a wide range of sounds and colors.

Position 2 employs the Neck Humbucker to get a warm, round tone. If you roll back on the Treble here, you'll get sounds perfectly suited for jazz and swing styles. Conversely, if you pull back on the Bass, you'll get more of a solid body electric sound suitable for rock and metal.

Position 3 employs the Bridge Humbucker, and is possibly the most versatile single setting. This one pickup can serve up sounds ranging from bright twangy leads to and searing overdriven leads or chords.

Position 4 puts the Neck & Bridge Humbuckers in parallel and creates a clean sound reminiscent of a vintage hollow or semi-hollow body. With just a little chorus and/or verb, this setting instantly transports you into a realm of vintage shine and sparkle.

Position 5 puts the Neck & Bridge in series and creates a dark, full tone that is as compelling as it is hard to describe. It sounds like an even larger hollowbody in this position, and is well-suited for deliving thick rhythm playing as well as distorted, singing leads.

Treat It Like an Acoustic, Or an Electric

The Taylor T5z features dual crossover compatibility with electric and acoustic amps. With so much intrinsic range, the Taylor T5z and is more than ready to take your guitar playing in a completely new directions.

Hear the T5z Custom's close cousin, the T5z Pro, in action -- played by none other than Grammy award winning guitarist Wayne Johnson.


- Figured koa top
- Compact hollowbody design
- 12-inch fretboard radius
- Jumbo frets
- 24-7/8-inch scale length sapele neck
- 2 x custom humbuckers
- 1 x acoustic pickup
- Five-way position switching
- Onboard tone controls
- Crossover design compatible with electric and acoustic amps
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- Back/Side Wood: Sapele
- Top Wood: Solid Hawaiian Koa
- Neck/Heel: Sapele
- Electronics: T5 with Five-Way Switch
- Bracing: Standard T5z
- Binding: White
- Fretboard Wood: Ebony
- Fretboard Inlay: Spires
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Bridge Inlay: None
- Bridge Pins: Ebony
- Nut & Saddle: Bone
- Tuners: Taylor Gold
- Truss Rod Cover: Black Plastic
- Back/Side Finish: Gloss
- Top Finish: Gloss
- Neck Finish: Gloss
- Cutaway: Venetian

Incldues Taylor T5z Hardshell Brown Case
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
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Shipping Weight: 18 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 21 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): T5z-Custom

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: (800) 943-6782

Taylor T5z Custom Electric Guitar

Say hello to the T5z Custom, an impressive addition to the Taylor T5 family. Designed with electric players in mind, the T5z brings more of an electric guitar look and feel to the popular hollowbody hybrid electric-acoustic T5 series. Electric-friendly features include a more compact body than the original T5, plus a 12-inch fretboard radius and jumbo frets that making bending strings easier. If you're looking for a versatile stage or recording guitar that blends the feel of an electric with a full range of acoustic and electric tones, the T5z gives you an essential musical tool.

Electric/Acoustic Versatility

Like the original T5, the T5z bridges the electric and acoustic worlds like no other guitar, unleashing a sweeping array of amplified tones. The hollowbody design features an active soundboard to produce a natural acoustic voice and incorporates three pickups: an acoustic body sensor, a concealed neck humbucker, and a visible bridge humbucker. Crossover design features include dual compatibility with electric and acoustic amps, plus five-way switching and onboard tone controls that let you shift from shimmering acoustic to screaming electric in an instant.

Taylor's T5z Custom models celebrate the debut of the sleek T5z. Features include an upgrade to AA-grade Hawaiian koa for the shaded edgeburst top, an additional peghead inlay to complement the Spires fretboard inlay motif.

Like the original T5, the electric/acoustic hollowbody hybrid boasts five-way switching, onboard tone controls, and dual compatibility with electric and acoustic amps.


- Compact hollowbody design
- 12-inch fretboard radius
- Jumbo frets
- 24-7/8-inch scale length
- 1 acoustic pickup / 2 electric humbuckers
- Five-way switching and onboard tone controls
- Compatible with electric and acoustic amps

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (3 ratings)
Submitted November 22, 2019 by Orlanzo Telfer in Lauderhill, FL
"Simply the best Hybrid guitar"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
This guitar was my dream guitar... I stopped by guitar center for months before eventually buying one... I ordered mine and it was out of stock and it took 3 months to come back in stock.. In the mean time I bought a Micheal Kelly special to fill the gap but ended up taking it back after 2 weeks.. it just don't compare...When I eventually got my T5z custom.. it was even better then expected.. firstly the guitar is beautiful.. with the custom you get the koa wood which has a unique pattern for every guitar.. it sounds great.. acoustic or plugged in.. loads of options and tone shaping.. stays in tuned... it may just be the very best practice guitar ever.. everything about the guitar scream class and quality.. the price isn't cheap.. this is the most expensive guitar I've ever bought .. but it's worth every penny.. this is simply the most versatile guitar ever made. at loud volumes if you're closer to your amp you can get feedback.. and even that you can use to get some Satriani Esq tones.... worth the price and very good in any situation.. I love it
Musical Style:
jazz, blues, gospel, Reggie, rock
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