Tsugaru Shamisen Set “Kazuki”

package includes:

  • futozao shamisen (sao width: 30 mm, height: 34 mm)
  • tight synthetic back and front skins
  • neo
  • doukake
  • fujaku strip
  • tenjin cap
  • bachigawa
  • dougomu
  • strings


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This shamisen is a special futozao shamisen (wide neck) with synthetic skins and an extravagant design. It’s made for Tsugaru playing style. It’s as good as new and in superb condition.

The fingerboard is made from harder wood than the rest of the shamisen. By combining two different woods, you have the durability of the super dense hardwood fingerboard and the lightness of the lighter hardwood. The instrument comes with a vivid purple neo and a black leather doukake that matches the black fingerboard. Also included in the package are a set of attached strings, a dougomu,  a bachigawa (skin protector), a tenjin cap, and a fujaku strip. The dou is skinned with super tight synthetic skins. 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.

Kazuki has a bright sound, but not as booming as other instruments of that size. So if you have sensitive ears (and/or neighbors), the sound will probably not carry as far.

This neck is 30 mm wide and 34 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 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 one piece and can’t be separated for transport. I highly recommend getting a longcase along with the instrument.

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.