Meet Tomo, a used beginner futozao shamisen (wide neck) with synthetic skins and a three part neck, typically used for Tsugaru playing style. Look at the beautiful wood grain and the shiny fingerboard! Doesn’t it look inviting?!
The instrument is made from karin wood – an established choice for beginner instruments. The instrument comes with a red neo and a contrasting purple doukake. Also included in the package are a set of attached strings, a dougomu, and a fujaku strip. The dou is skinned with Fibersen, a slightly outdated but very sturdy kind of synthetic skin. The skin tension is nice and tight for a crisp sound. It has slight discolorations (see pictures). The wood is in perfect condition and makes you want to play the instrument every day!
In comparison to natural skin, you don’t have to worry about humidity or sudden rain when playing the shamisen outdoors (you’ll still want to try to avoid both to protect the wood though). This means, you won’t need to use a washi bag to protect your shamisen’s skin.
This neck is 30mm wide and 33mm high at the top and widens slightly towards the dou. Its hatomune – the part where the neck enters the sound box – ends in a sharp edge that makes it possible to play up to position 20 and slightly beyond on this instrument.
The ebio (the curved end of the tenjin) is in perfect condition. The neck is crafted in mitsuori style: It can be separated into three pieces and makes travelling with the instrument super easy even if you have to travel with small luggage. The joints are very well crafted which will provide an extra tight fit.
The itomaki (tuning pegs) are made from ebony wood and are very comfortable to use due to their sturdy build.
All you need to add to your set to start playing are a koma, a bachi and a yubisuri. Yubisuri come in different sizes and colors, so you can either match your shamisen’s look or have a colorfur contrasting highlight. There’s a variety of different koma and bachi you can choose from in the shop.
If you need help with picking the right additions to this set, don’t hesitate to send a message and we will find the perfect match for you together.