Taylor T5z - Hybrid Electric-Acoustic Guitar
Taylor unveils the T5z, a hybrid hollow body guitar that plays and feels like electric, while carrying acoustic sounds.
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This is a new addition to the Taylor T5 series, a slimmer electric-acoustic designed for electric guitar players.
The T5 model caters to the needs of acoustic guitar players, providing the feel of acoustic while providing electric guitar sounds. The T5z reverses the design philosophy, focusing more on electric guitar playability while adding acoustic guitar sounds.
The body of the T5z is more compact than the original to, giving it the vibe of a thinline electric more so than an acoustic-electric. The neck is also modified to make bending strings easier, adding jumbo frets and giving it a 12-inch fretboard radius.
Like many of Taylor's new guitar models, the T5z starts off with a limited release of First Edition T5z Custom models. This limited run guitar features Hawaiian koa top with two f-holes, Spire peghead inlay, custom First Edition label inside the guitar and a custom First Edition plate on the case.
Premium specifications include Taylor gold tuners, gloss finish, white binding and bone nut/saddle. The back, sides, neck and heel are all made from Sapele. While the headstock overlay and the fretboard are made from Ebony.
Giving this guitar its hybrid capability is the Taylor T5 pickup system. Electric guitar sounds are provided by the hidden neck humbucker and the visible bridge humbucker pickup that looks like a lipstick style single coil. Providing the guitar its genuine sounding acoustic tone is a body mounted sensor affixed to the underside of the top beyond the bridge. Taylor utilizes Samarium Cobalt magnets and humbucking coils to produce the guitar's wide range of sounds.
Check out the demo video of the T5z:
The MSRP for the Limited Run T5z Custom First Edition is $3,798. You can visit Taylor Guitars for more information.
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