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❌SOLD❌ Taylor T5Z Sapele Classic Thinline Acoustic Electric, 2016


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The Taylor T5z Sapele Classic is an extremely versatile, lightweight and thin bodied acoustic / electric guitar designed like the T5 to replace several guitars on a bandstand. The model came into being when budgets for large tours were slashed and guitarists had to condense what they carried.

The Taylor T5z Sapele Classic is an inch or so narrower than the T5, but offers a similar feature set. The semi hollow body is made with Sapele, and the neck is Mahogany with an Ebony fingerboard and bridge. What really sets these guitars apart is the pickup set, a mix of acoustic transducers and magnetic pickups, visible and hidden. This range of pickups allows the guitar to mimic a wide range of guitars.

This Taylor T5z Sapele Classic is in overall good shape and dates to the 2nd of July, 2016 at Taylor’s El Cajon plant. It plays well, with light wear, and is very versatile and good sounding.

Sold with its original gig bag.

Here’s the builder on the Taylor T5z Sapele Classic:

“Like its bigger sibling, the T5, the hollowbody T5z packs a dynamic range of electric and amplified acoustic tones into one guitar.

The difference is a more compact body size (closer to a solidbody) and playing features that electric players will love: a 12-inch fretboard radius (compared to 15-inch on the T5), jumbo frets that making bending strings easier, and slightly more feedback resistance with high-gain distortion. Hybrid electric/acoustic design features include a three-pickup configuration — a magnetic acoustic body sensor, a concealed neck humbucker, and a visible bridge humbucker — plus five-way switching and onboard tone controls that let you shift from shimmering acoustic to screaming electric in an instant.

The guitar’s dual compatibility with electric and acoustic amps is the icing on the cake, putting incredible performance versatility into a player’s hands.”


“The deep color and rich grain of a Mahogany (here Sapele) top give the T5z Classic a vintage, earthy character. Distinctive T5z features include a more compact body than the original T5, a 12-inch fretboard radius, and jumbo frets, which add up to a fast, fluid playing experience that makes string bends fun.

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. Appointments include Small Diamond inlays and nickel hardware, an unbound body and satin classic mahogany finish. The guitar ships in a T5z gig bag.”


Price: $1,500.00 CAD
  • Model: T5Z Sapele
  • Year: 2016
  • Finish Satin Natural
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 1107026137 02 July 2016
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 02/09/2020

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Gig Bag case
  • Instrument Weight: 5.4lbs 2.454kg
  • Scale Length: 24.875in 631.83mm
  • Nut Width: 1.696in 43.8mm
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