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Tips for finding the right electric guitar

Know your tone

What types of electric tones do you crave? While many electric guitars can cover a range of musical genres, it helps to know what style of music you’ll be playing, whether it’s rock, jazz, blues, rockabilly, metal or something in-between.

Body Types: Semi-hollow, or Hollow

Semi-hollowbody guitars typically have a center block running the length of the body, with two hollow chambers on either side. Electric players who crave a deeper, rounder tone will find themselves at home with this body style. The semi-hollow design yields a guitar that fits comfortably in both the rock and jazz worlds. With an iconic Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, our semi-hollow T3/B is perfect for a rockabilly sound.
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A fully hollowbody design has a thinner body depth than an acoustic guitar, and is suited for both amplified acoustic and electric music. The Taylor T5 takes full advantage of this by incorporating both acoustic and electric guitar pickups, making it an ultra-versatile hybrid that lets you blend acoustic and electric tones with the flick of a five-way switch.
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After body style, the most important decision is your choice of pickups. This is where a lot of the tonal personality of an electric guitar comes from. All Taylor electrics feature proprietary pickups.

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Other Features

Once you have the major categories settled, additional features will help you select a guitar that sounds, looks and feels great. Choose from different wood and color options, and be sure to survey the range of tone-shaping control you’ll have at your fingertips.

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