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robbmiller 05-05-2012 09:27 AM

Taylor T5: Please share your setup
I've recently purchased a T5 and would like to know how you get the best tones, acoustic or electric, from your rig.

For the acoustic side I have mine plugged mine directly into the board and out the monitors. The only thing I have for electric tone is a Boss ME-25 between the guitar and the mixer.
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webistudios 05-06-2012 02:06 AM

kind of the same thing...
I do kind of the same thing. I run it through the taylor a/b switch so one will goes direct to my rc-300 looper then monitor and the other goes to the rc300 looper via my iPad and out to the monitor. You'll love the T5.

robbmiller 05-06-2012 09:54 PM

I am enjoying the T5. What do you have on your iPad that you are routing the T5 through? 05-09-2012 08:44 PM

I run mine with a Rivera Sedona, Great for both electric and acoustic.


SLG 05-13-2012 06:45 PM

I use a T5 directly into a Fishman SoloAmp or directly into an Allen and Heath Zed 10FX board with QSC HPR122i speakers.

The following is from a reply I posted in the Amplification forum. There are some good tips for getting the best sound from your T5.

I don't recommend going from the Taylor T5 directly into most pedals. The expression system in the T5 (as well as most of their acoustic guitars) is designed as balance system that uses a TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) cable and plugs. In order to take advantage of the expression system, you need to use a TRS cable from your T5 into a mixing board or an amplifier with a balanced input. I don't know of any effects pedals that are equipped with balanced inputs. Several acoustic guitar amplifiers are setup with balanced inputs; most standard guitar amplifiers are not equipped with balanced inputs. If you decide to use a standard guitar cable and unbalanced amplifier input, you will only be getting half of your T5's output signal (one of the reasons most people are unhappy with the sounds out of their T5's)

I would recommend sorting out your cable and amplifier situation first, before buying any pedals. I prefer connecting my T5 to a mixer with built-in effects or using the mixer's effects send-receive loop to send the signal to a rack mounted processor or pedal. There are several good acoustic guitar amplifiers and small PA mixers that come with built in effects that work well with acoustic instruments. I use a small Allen & Heath ZED-10FX model mixer that has a built-in sound processor. It has all the effects I need for use with acoustic instruments.

If you do not want to go the mixer/acoustic amplifier route, I would recommend getting a good acoustic guitar preamp/DI as your first pedal; one with built-in EQ is handy. At least your signal level will be correct, and you will be able to get the best sound possible from your effects and amplifier farther down the signal chain.

With acoustic guitars, I keep effects to a minimum. A little delay or reverb goes a long way. Occasional use of a chorus is good for some songs, but leaving it on all the time sounds too cliche for me.

machz 05-17-2012 12:20 PM


Originally Posted by (Post 3035414)
I run mine with a Rivera Sedona, Great for both electric and acoustic.


I do the same but I have a TC ELECTRONICS NOVA and OCD on the electric side

hesson11 05-18-2012 01:03 PM

I'm thinking of getting a T5. It should work okay with a Ronald AC-60, right? I've already got one of those and would just use it playing for my own enjoyment or perhaps for small groups in small rooms. THANKS.

ericj 09-05-2012 10:19 AM

I have a Fishman Loudbox Mini. ABY to Fishman guitar input channel for acoustic and iPhone/iPad Garageband to Aux for other sounds using Apogee Jam input to iOS and 1/8" for output to the Loudbox aux. Works great all around.

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