Godin A6 Ultra VS Taylor T5 (Comparison)
Our pick: The Taylor T5
While both guitars are similarly built, we thought the Taylor T5 sounded better than the Godin A6 and did a better job handling purely acoustic tones.
The T5 vs A6: It sounds like we're comparing Terminator models.
The Godin A6 Ultra and Taylor T5 are both acoustic guitars with pickups installed to give them an electric guitar flavor. They're thinner than a traditional acoustic guitar, and can sound like an electric or acoustic depending on which pickup you have selected and how you handle the onboard EQ.
In a direct comparison, we thought the T5 sounded better, particularly on the acoustic-only sounds.
This is not surprising, given the prestige Taylor commands when it comes to acoustic tones.
The T5 also adds the body sensor pickup which gives you some added articulation and flexibility.
They're both fantastic guitars, but we like the T5 better.
Read more: Acoustic guitars with pickups
Godin A6 Ultra VS Taylor T5 Comparison Tool
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Godin A6 Ultra
Taylor T5 Classic
In the audio demos you can hear the tone quality coming out of the Taylor T5 Classic. We think it sounds better than the A6, though it's worth noting the Godin demo (strangely) uses an electric guitar amplifier, while the Chicago Music Exchange demo uses a Fishman acoustic combo.
In a perfect comparison, we could test audio for both guitars with the exact same rig. Keep in mind, that did not happen with these two demos.
Also note that the pickup on the A6 is placed further down the body in the neck position, while the Taylor pickup is closer to the bridge.
Specs Sheet Side by Side
We like the Maple and Cedar tonewood combination in the A6, though we'd argue you get a nicer set of electronics in the T5 Classic. It's a good spec sheet comparison though because you can easily see the several major differences between the two guitars. Tonewood, electronics, and controls all differ to an extent.
Body Material (back and sides)
Chambered Silver Leaf Maple
Ebony/Saddle, Compensated Acoustic
GHN1 Humbucker, Piezo bridge
Hidden Samarium Cobalt Humbucker, Dynamic Body Sensor, Samarium Cobalt Humbucker
Independent volume, treble, and bass controls for both the acoustic and the electric voices
1 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way Pickup Switch
Taylor acoustics are just really tough to beat.
Even with an acoustic guitar that leans into electric tones, Taylor's reputation for quality wins us over pretty easily. Yes, it's the more expensive guitar of the two, but we'd argue that you can get your money's worth in a more versatile tone profile, better quality acoustic sounds, and a higher-grade instrument that gets some pristine and style points over the competition.
Yes, the Godin A6 is still a great guitar, but it doesn't do enough (or knock the price low enough) for us to put it before the T5.
In a one-to-one comparison, we'll take the T5 and feel good about it.
Questions about the T5 and A6
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