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Yamaha Introduces the CSF-TA and CG-TA

The CSF-TA incorporates an actuator that creates reverb and chorus effects without external amplification.


Anaheim, CA (January 24, 2019) -- Yamaha today unveiled the CSF-TA TransAcoustic parlor guitar, taking the affordability, portability and premium sound and construction of the Yamaha CSF line of parlor guitars and adding the company’s groundbreaking TransAcoustic technology.

The CSF-TA is among the newest additions to the Yamaha Hybrid Guitar category, joining the CG-TA, LL-TA, FG-TA and Silent Guitars. The CSF-TA incorporates an actuator (or small switch) installed on the inner surface of the guitar back, a concept in acoustic guitar technology unique to Yamaha. When the instrument’s strings are played, they cause the actuator to vibrate, which is then conveyed to the guitar body and the air in and around the guitar. This movement creates authentic reverb and chorus effects from inside the body without needing any external amplification or effects.This unique technology gives a player’s music a spacious, concert-hall feel in any practice or performance space.

The CSF-TA comes one year after Yamaha launched the enhanced CSF series with scalloped bracing to boost tone and projection. It has a solid Sitka spruce top mated to laminated mahogany back and sides, nato neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, abalone rosette, and the Yamaha SYSTEM70 TransAcoustic + SRT Piezo pickup system. The guitar is available in a gloss natural finish.

The 20-fret fingerboard sports a 600mm (23.7")scale length to offer an easy playing platform without compromising the instrument’s range. Each guitar comes with a new hard bag, making the CSF-TA ready to go wherever the music takes you.

“Whether you call them ’parlor,’ ‘travel’ or ‘mini’ guitars, players recognize compact acoustic guitars as serious instruments,” said Dennis Webster, product marketing manager, Yamaha Guitars. “Adding our TransAcoustic technology to the CSF parlor guitar doesn’t just let us offer the quality of an upscale instrument in a portable, affordable package. It transforms the CSF into an entirely new kind of instrument, encouraging musicians to play longer, more often and with even greater creativity, with all the benefits that come with an outstanding parlor guitar. It’s not often that a player gets such an expansive sound in such a small package.”

Yamaha today unveiled the CG-TA TransAcoustic nylon-string classical guitar, bringing the company’s groundbreaking TransAcoustic technology together with the rich tone, superior playability, and classic design of its top-selling CG series guitars.

The CG-TA is among the newest additions to the family of Yamaha hybrid guitars, joining the CSF-TA, LL-TA/LS-TA, FG-TA/FS-TA and SILENT Guitars™. The CG-TA incorporates an actuator completely hidden inside the guitar, a unique Yamaha technology. When the instrument’s strings are played, the actuator senses the vibrations, enhances them, and conveys them back to the guitar body and the air in and around the guitar to create authentic reverb and chorus effects from inside the body, with no need for external amplification or effects. This unique technology gives a player’s music a spacious, concert-hall feel in any practice or performance space.

Incorporating the craftsmanship that has led Yamaha to become the best-selling nylon-string guitar maker in the United States, the CG-TA is based on the company’s popular, mid-priced CG162 model. It features an Engelmann spruce top and a body of ovankol, an attractive rosewood relative with excellent tonal properties. It incorporates the refined CG series bracing pattern, delivering superior response and resonance, and a thinner bridge plate that efficiently transfers string vibration across the guitar top. Three knobs on the guitar’s side offer easy adjustment of the level of the TransAcoustic effects, and a SYSTEM70 TransAcoustic +SRT piezo pickup provides amplification, with a line-out volume level, an on/off control, and a redesigned battery box integrated with the guitar's endpin. The expert construction of the CG-TA produces a sound with smooth, rich, full tones that helps players enhance the depth of their music.

“Guitarists have been inspired by how our TransAcoustic technology broadens the range of their art; many of them have asked us to make it available in a nylon-string model as well,”said Dennis Webster, product marketing manager, Yamaha Guitars.“With the CG-TA, players can enjoy the raw, natural and beautiful sound of the finest classical guitar, with innovative hybrid technology that encourages them to play longer, more often, and with even greater creativity.”

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and shipping for the Yamaha CSF-TA and CG-TA are to be determined. For more information, visit the Yamaha Booth at the 2019 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom, January 24-27, 2019

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