Tsugaru Shamisen Set “Hiroshi”

package includes:

  • futozao shamisen (sao width: 31,5 mm, height: 34,5 mm)
  • tight natural back and front skins
  • neo
  • doukake
  • tenjin cap
  • bachigawa
  • dougomu
  • strings


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Meet Hiroshi, a beginner futozao shamisen (wide neck) with an extra thick neck! It’s made for Tsugaru playing style and is a great choice for players with large hands.

The instrument comes with a purple neo and a matching  purple doukake. Also included in the package are a set of attached strings, a dougomu, a bachigawa (skin protector), and a tenjin cap. The dou is skinned with tight natural skins that provide a full tone.

This neck is 32,5 mm wide and 34,5 mm high at the top and widens slightly towards the dou. It’s a really thick neck, even among Tsugaru shamisen! 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 installed azuma sawari lets you adjust the sawari (buzz) to your liking. This means you can switch it off completely (for modern pieces, pop/rock/metal genres or certain ensembles) and also have the perfect buzz no matter how high or low you tune your shamisen.

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.

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.