If you are looking for a good quality parlor guitar in the second hand market, you should keep your eye out for the Yamaha CSF60. First released in 2002, this all-solid wood parlor guitar was released at a time when only a few were interested with vintage style parlor acoustics, and as such it was discontinued just a few years after.
Now that the hype train for parlor guitars are chugging, the discontinued CSF60 has become a viable and sought after instrument. You’d be considered lucky if you find one in good condition at a great price. Many are actually hoping for Yamaha to reproduce the CSF60 for today’s market, with some improvements like a slotted headstock and built-in electronics!
This parlor guitar is a true all-solid wood body guitar, featuring a solid Sitka spruce top and solid sapele (African mahogany) for the back and sides. The company mentioned that they designed the bracing bars to be fewer than the usual to improve the resonance, resulting in a more traditional sounding tone that has faster attack and more volume. The body is built with the same quality standards as other Yamaha guitars and finished in a great looking vintage tobacco sunburst. Having an old Yamaha classical guitar myself, I can testify to the quality and reliability of their guitars.
The neck is crafted from nato and topped by a rosewood fingerboard. It meets the body at the 14th fret, which distinguishes it as a more modern approach to the parlor guitar design. Nut width is 1.75″, and it has a total of 20 frets with dot inlays. The overall playing feel of this parlor guitar is closer to that of modern dreadnoughts, so transitioning into a parlor from bigger acoustics will not be much of an issue.
Holding the strings in place is a distinctly shaped bridge that is also crafted from rosewood, while Vintage nickel Kluson-style tuning machines keep the strings in tune on the other end. It would have been better if it had a slotted headstock, but I guess people were not as open to older designs when this guitar was being designed. Finally, both the body and fretboard are bound to complete the guitar’s aesthetics.
The Yamaha CSF60 has become quite rare these days, but with some luck and patience you may find a collector or guitar player that’s willing to let go of one. Visit Yamaha for more information.