The Perfect Guitar for The Gigging Musician
It's an amazing acoustic guitar, no wait, it's an amazing electric guitar, no it's, it's, it's both!
Taylor broke the mold when they released the T5 line of guitars. Taylor, historically known for its acoustic guitars, bridged the gap when they released the T5 line of guitars.
T5 guitars are hollow bodied instruments, that contain 3 different pickups and a 5-way switch that allows the player to get acoustic tones, electric tones and everything in between.
3 Pickups for a Diverse Array of Sounds
Taylor strategically added three unique pickups into the T5 in order to cover as much sonic ground as possible. The most obvious pickup is the bridge "lipstick" pickup that is actually a full-blown humbucker for that crunchy electric tone.
The two other pickups are little more hidden, with one being a body sensor pickup and the final one being a humbucker under the neck.
The three pickups can be mixed an matched with the 5-way switch in the following ways:
Position 1: Neck humbucker and body sensor
The position closest to the neck, this is the cleanest, most acoustic voice of the T5. If you dig in a bit, the body sensor responds with all of the snap and sizzle you need.
Position 2: Neck humbucker only
Without the body sensor, the tone will sound warmer and rounder. Rolling back the treble darkens the tone and is great for comping along with a big-band.
Position 3: Bridge humbucker
With a chameleon-like quality, this is the most powerful and versatile pickup on the T5. Whether you’re playing through an acoustic amp/PA or an electric amp, the tone can range from bright acoustic to solid-body snap ’n‘ twang to high-gain overdrive, and all points in-between. Add an overdrive pedal to the equation on the electric amp side for even more rock horsepower.
Position 4: Neck and bridge humbuckers in parallel
This will take you back to ’50s hollowbody world, or add some chorus for a big, wet, clean L.A. tone, a la Michael Landau.
Position 5: Neck and bridge in series
This will give you the fullest, fattest sound, ideal for players who like thick leads. You can also play with the voicing’s mood, using the Volume control.
The Music Villa Custom Touch
With our close relationship with Taylor Guitars, we like to take the T5 to the next level and create custom instruments that not only sound and feel amazing but are stunning to look at. Working with Taylor, we hand select the Koa that is used on these custom T5z guitars and have them produced in a limited run.
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This is our second run of our very popular MV custom shop T5z Featuring hand-selected highly figured koa with the shaded edgeburst finish. Designed to our own Music Villa specs featuring black binding to enhance the darker look and vibe of the Shaded Edge Burst finish and the highly Flamed Koa.
In addition, distinctive features compared to the original T5, the T5z includes a more compact body, a 12-inch fretboard radius, and jumbo frets, which together deliver a familiar size and setup for electric players.
The Bottom Line
If you are a guitar player that finds yourself switching between an acoustic and an electric guitar during gigs, the Taylor T5 was made for you. If you are looking for a T5 that has a little more pizzaz than a standard production T5, the Music Villa Custom T5z is calling your name.