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T5z Custom

Price: $3,199 USD / Series: T5z
T5z Custom

A figured koa top with a shaded edgeburst evokes the exotic beauty of Hawaii on the T5z Custom. Distinctive features compared to the original T5 include a more compact body, a 12-inch fretboard radius, and jumbo frets, which together deliver a familiar size and setup for electric players. Like the T5, the T5z is equipped with a three-pickup configuration of an acoustic body sensor, a concealed neck humbucker, and a visible bridge humbucker, plus five-way switching and onboard tone controls, giving players an incredibly versatile electric/acoustic guitar. Additional appointments include white binding, gold hardware and Taylor’s progressive Spires inlay scheme. The guitar ships in a T5z hardshell case.

How to Compare Acoustic Guitars

If you’re in the market for an acoustic guitar, chances are you’re going to end up in a music store wanting to compare guitars against each other. After all, heading to the store and playing every guitar on the wall is one of the guilty pleasures of the guitarist. Just like with comparing electric guitars, acoustic guitars feature a wide variety of design elements that affect the sound and feel of each instrument, and sometimes the options can be daunting. When you’re ready to start shopping, it can be helpful to keep a few things in mind as you start looking for the guitar that fits you.

Our guitar comparison tool above can help take some of the guesswork out of searching for a guitar and help you see what you’ll be getting for your money. Players often start by selecting a couple of different body shapes. Comparing acoustic guitars like a Grand Auditorium against a more traditional Dreadnought can help you determine how a guitar physically fits with your body. Guitars should be comfortable to play, even when you’re a beginner. Next, consider comparing guitars that are made from different guitar tonewoods. A guitar with back and sides made from maple will sound very different from one made with Indian rosewood—in fact, each tonewood has different properties and sonic characteristics, and one might suit your style of music better than others.

Once you have an idea of the guitar shape and woods you like, you can start comparing acoustic guitars by their more detailed specifications. Taylor guitars boast a wide range of aesthetic and functional appointments, including binding, rosette, fretboard inlays, electronics, and scale length. Compare a 12-fret guitar against a traditional 14-fret model and experience the difference in how they feel for your fretting hand. Consider whether or not you want electronics in your guitar and try plugging in a couple of models to see if the amplified sound suits your style. If you want to get into the weeds, try out a few of our more luxurious appointments, such as our carved armrest designs, the beveled cutaway of the Builder’s Edition, and our revolutionary V-Class guitar bracing, which gives a guitar more sustain and volume.