Is the Taylor T5z the only rockin' hybrid

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  1. Newfie

    Newfie Member

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    Hi there,

    I'm looking for an acoustic that:

    • plays like an electric, neck style and feel
    • sounds good when played unplugged (doesn't have to be loud, but louder than say a solid body electric when played unplugged)
      • so it might have a hollow body for a decent acoustic sound
    • has both acoustic and electric pickups so I can quickly go from one to the other when plugged into an amp
    I know the Tayloe T5z probably fits the bill, but it costs too many bills for me. ;-)

    Other options I've run across are the Crafter SA/SAT, Godin A6, Fender Telecoustic/Stratacoustic, Ibanez EP5.

    I'm coming from a guy who mostly strums and sings, but wants to develop my soloing/improvisation skills (learning scales, etc., late in life) to be able to jam with my buddies. This way I can just pull out the guitar around the house, practice and not drive the rest of the family crazy.

    I do have an electric, but I'd like to find what I'm after in one guitar.

    Thanks in advance,
    Newfie
     
  2. MartinC

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    Bit late for a reply, but noticed this thread (I'm researching the T5Z myself).

    A Line 6 Variax would do everything you want, with the exception of sounding louder than a solidbody electric when unplugged, as they are solidbody electrics.

    There are a range of models and price points, from reasonably cheap to very expensive for a James Tyler US made model (a true boutique guitar with the Line 6 electronics inside), in LP, Strat and Super Strat Strat type guises.

    You'd actually get way more than you need ... models of a wide range of electric and acoustic instruments, plus a regular electric with magnetic pickups. Plus switchable tunings (eg switch from standard tuning to open G without having to actually re-tune).

    You could solve the lack of unplgged volume with one of the plethora of small desk top amps available thesedays from Yamaha, Line 6, Blackstar, Fender, etc.
     
  3. 27sauce

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    Hamer made these back in the 90's.
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  4. Newfie

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    Late to reply as well ... ;-)
    I bought a used Crafter SAT, sight unseen, BIG mistake ... frets were too worn. Loved the feel of the guitar, but it would have cost more to do a neck job than I was willing to spend. I ended up getting a new Ibanez Montage, base model. Probably the last one available. Cheesy distortion, but nothing that a few pedals can't fix. Also, I've got to sand down the saddle so the piezo pickup contacts the bass strings a bit better, they're sounding fainter than the higher ones. Other than that not too bad. The money I've saved with that purchase I'll start putting away for a T5z ... ;-)
     
  5. swiveltung

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    Guild Songbird S4CE. Small, plays like an electric, may be my favorite guitar. Get an 80's- early 90's Built in Westerly RI. Not too many for sale right now, but there are usually a few around. $700 and up likely.
     
  6. itstooloudMike

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    I'm totally happy with my T5z. Plays like a high-end electric, light as a feather, and has versatility that opens new doors. A beautifully designed and built instrument, by any standard. Not cheap, but worth every penny.

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  7. s2y

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    I had a T5 for many years. Versatile guitar. Ended up selling it because I'm not gigging and have Strats, Teles, semi-hollows, an archtop, and acoustics out the yin yang. The main thing I miss was how I could play it unplugged when the kids were asleep.
     
  8. Wildwind

    Wildwind Silver Supporting Member

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    Carvin AE185, same idea as the Hamer above. Same body size as a Tele (and similar shape), acoustic bridge, plays like a Carvin. This guitar can do all of the above very well IMO! I regret selling mine, will have another some day.
     
  9. Bunky

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    Tell me more about the Carvin, how does it compare to the Hamer? Are the pickups good? GOod build quality? Thanks pard'ner
     

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