Yamaha CSF3M Acoustic-Electric Parlor Guitar


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Yamaha CSF3M TBS Acoustic-Electric Parlor Guitar

Gearank Recommendation

The CSF3M appeared on our recommended list for Parlor Guitars Under $500 when we first published it back in September 2021 and remained there until it was out-ranked by other models in the Under $1000 price category March 2022.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Premier Guitar Charles Saufley 92.5/100
Acoustic Guitar Adam Perlmutter 90/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.


The CSF3M takes Yamaha's parlor guitar line up a notch with the use of solid wood for the body.

Like the CSF1M, the top is crafted from solid sitka spruce top, but the main difference is the use of solid mahogany wood for the back and sides.

This all-solid wood body results in a more resonant and lively sounding parlor guitar, which together with its classical style body shape, results in tone that's closer to a regular sized acoustic. This makes the CSF3M ideal for those who want an all solid body parlor guitar that doesn't stray too far from familiar acoustic guitar tones.

The neck is crafted from nato, and is topped by a 23.5" scale rosewood fingerboard with 20 frets.

It also comes with the SRT Zero-Impact piezo pickup, a passive pickup system that lets you plug-in the guitar with no modifications required.

The Yamaha CSF3M's all solid wood body, high ratings, and full sounding tone makes this very easy to recommend.


  • Body Shape: Parlor
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Solid Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss Tobacco Brown Sunburst or Vintage Natural
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Scale Length: 23.5”
  • Nut Width: 1.692"
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Parlor Guitars.

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