Shamisen is one of the essential instruments in Japanese traditional music. The history of shamisen can go back to Muromachi period (AD1336-1573). It was originally Chinese instrument called sanxian, and then, sanxian was introduced to Okinawa and changed into sanshin. The beginning of shamisen is when a sailor brought sanshin back to Osaka for a lute priest. Shamisen has been used in many Japanese music so far. It has three strings as its name suggests (sanxian, sanshin, shamisen mean three strings. the word of san means three).Though there are various types of shamisen, tsugaru shamisen (tsugaru-jamisen) is one of the famous types of shamisen. It plays faster rhythms than other types of shamisen and has more percussion-like playing styles. It is played as both solo-instrument and accompaniment for fork song.
|Length:||About 102cm (About 40in)|
|Weight:||About 2.7kg (5.9lb)|
|Material (neck):||Chinese Quince, Nobezao Type, No Azuma Sawari (Special Set)
Chinese Quince, Mitsuorisao Type (Popular, Intermediate)
Red sandalwood (Advanced)
|Material (Body):||Chinese Quince|
|Material (skin):||Synthetic Leather (Special, Popular)
Dog Skin (Intermediate, Advanced)
|Material (first string and second string):||Silk|
|Material (third string):||Nylon|
|Order Processing Time:||About 7-30 Business Days|
A shamisen of the beginner set is one piece instrument ie there is a one piece neck (no a two part neck) fixed in the body? Thanks.
Special Set and Beginner Set are nobezao type, which is impossible to separate neck and body.
Others are mitsuorisao type, that can be separated with three parts.
Hello! Does the Special Set come with accessories?
Accessories of special set:
Neck cover 天神袋
Slip guard 胴掛
String for slip guard 胴掛ひも
Finger suck 指掛
Bridge case 駒入れ
Additional string 予備糸（ナイロン3）1本
Textbook (in Japanese)入門書
Is this an ST2 or ST3?
Beginner set is ST2 and popular set is ST3.
I can't find beginners set anymore. Did the special set replace it?
The maker discontinued the beginner set and it's unavailable anymore. We may ask to make azuma sawari part on the special set but it costs money and takes time. Is it ok?
does intermeditate set come with case?
Yes. The intermediate set comes with a case.
Which set has the aszuma sawari
Beginner Set, Popular Set, Intermediate Set, and Advanced Set have the azuma sawari.
Does the Beginner set come with a case to carry or must buy seperately?
Beginner set doesn't include a carrying case. Hard case and soft case are sold separately.
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