Tsugaru Shamisen Set | Tsubasa

  • Tsugaru style futozao shamisen
    • fingerboard width: 30 mm
    • sao height: 33 mm
  • koki wood
  • skinned with natural skins

Also included in the set:

  • neo
  • Tsugaru lacquer doukake
  • tenjin cap
  • dougomu
  • strings
  • bachigawa
  • washi bag


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Spread your creative wings (“Tsubasa” means “wings”) and soar through the endless possibilities of the musical universe with this fantastic Tsugaru Shamisen in classic style.

This instrument is made from koki wood – the traditional super high-end dark hardwood that’s most desired in Japan. The accessories match the classical look of the instrument: a green-and-red Tsugaru lacquer doukake and a silver neo. Also included in the package are a set of attached strings, a bachigawa, and a dougomu. I’ll provide you with a washi as well to ensure the skins stay nice and tight! The dou is skinned with natural skins with superb tension. I am absolutely in love with this instrument’s sound. I think it sounds perfect and exactly the way I imagine a shamisen to sound. That’s of course personal preference. But I would be surprised if you won’t love it, too.

The joints are crafted in the most complex way and have a superb snug fit. The fingerboard sparkles just like the rest of the instrument (check out those dou close up shots!) and the neck is super smooth and fantastic to play. The whole instrument is a true joy. Every curve looks so elegant and shines with a beautiful luster.. Another nice detail: The screw for the azuma sawari (the adjustable buzz) is especially easy to turn and will make you feel even more deeply connected to this instrument and its sweet sound.

What else is there to say? How about some technical specs:

This fingerboard is 30 mm wide and the neck 33 mm 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 white acrylic itomaki (tuning pegs) are fluted – that’s the traditional look that I find especially alluring.

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.

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