Hosozao Shamisen Set “Mako” – synthetic skins

  • hosozao shamisen (fingerboard width: 25 mm, sao width: 26 mm, height: 26,25 mm)
  • made from karin wood
  • synthetic “Hibiki” back and front skins

also included in the set:

  • neo
  • doukake
  • strings
  • dougomu


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A light that shines in the dark – that’s Mako! The style of this shamisen is (hosozao), typically used for Nagauta, Kouta and Hauta playing style. This shamisen is very nicely crafted and really beautiful from head to toe. You can see some slight wear on the fingerboard (see pictures) in one section, and you can still enjoy the full playing comfort of a pristine fingerboard.

This instrument is a fine beginner shamisen with synthetic skins and a three part neck which makes it especially easy to take on trips. It’s equipped with a dougomu (rubber pad).

The neck and body are made from karin wood – an established choice for beginner instruments. The instrument comes with a beautiful classic vintage orange doukake with a crane (tsuru) motif and a matching neo. Also included in the package is a set of fresh strings. The dou is freshly skinned with Hibiki – the newest generation of synthetic skins with a warm tone that’s closer to the sound of natural skins than any of its predecessors. Hibiki skin is extremely durable and robust. 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.

The fingerboard is 25 mm wide. The neck is 26 mm wide and 27 mm high/thick at the top and widens slightly towards the dou. It has an elegantly slanted hatomune – the part where the neck enters the sound box – which is typical for hosozao shamisen associated with Nagauta style. You can play up to position 19 with this kind of neck.

The neck is crafted in mitsuori style: It can be separated into three parts. This makes travelling with the shamisen very easy – even if you have to get by with light and small luggage.

The itomaki (tuning pegs) are made from ebony wood and are carved in a traditional way that makes them easy to grip despite their slender built.

If you have any further questions, reach out and send me a message and I’ll be happy to help.

All you need to add to your set to start playing are a koma, a bachi and a yubisuri. Depending on the style you intend to play and your personal preferences, you want to pick a certain kind of koma and bachi. Yubisuri come in different sizes, and I didn’t want to deprive you of the difficult yet fun choice between all the wonderful colors. If it seems helpful to you, maybe add a positionmarker (fujaku strip), too.

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.