Yamaha CSF-TA TransAcoustic Parlor Guitar


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Yamaha CSF-TA TransAcoustic Parlor Guitar


  • Effects may be "gimmicky" for some
  • Not for those who prefer traditional parlors


  • Apply reverb or chorus while unplugged
  • Great sounding tone
  • Solid top and good quality build
  • Student friendly playability

The CSF-TA is part of Yamaha's TransAcoustic line of acoustic-electric guitars, combining old school parlor body with their modern System 70 TransAcoustic + SRT Piezo Pickup system - you can read more about Yamaha's pickup systems here.

This system lets you add reverb or chorus to the reverb on the guitar itself, without having to plug into an amp. This is achieved via a built-in actuator device, which transfers the effected sound to the body of the acoustic guitar as vibrations, essentially turning it into a speaker that can reproduce effected sounds.

Since it utilizes the body of the guitar, the effect blends in to the acoustic sound in a more natural way, resulting in great sounding tone that is impressive. The effect also works when plugged in via the preamp, and it comes with intuitive controls for tweaking.

The body shape is similar to a classical guitar, only smaller; the main difference being its use of steel strings. It comes with a solid sitka spruce top, paired with mahogany back and sides, a familiar tonewood combination that many manufacturers utilize.

Coming from Yamaha, this parlor guitar is meant to be student friendly, with a short 23.6" scale length, flat 16" radius fingerboard, and 1.6875 nut width. There's also no question when it comes to its quality.

If you're looking for a grab-and-go guitar with modern enhancements, then the CSF-TA with its TransAcoustic technology is a good buy.


  • Body Shape: CSF Parlor
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Finish: Vintage Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Scale Length: 23.6"
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"
Rating Source Highlights
Website Source *Rating Value
Acoustic Guitar Emile Menasché 94/100
Guitar Interactive Jonathan Graham 92/100
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