Today I have more of a theoretical question for anyone who has experience with building shamisen and the properties of wood. I was wondering the other day if the Sao can actually bend in some way after a while.
I was thinking about this since it’s common in the Guitar and Bass world, that the necks can bend a little depending of the temperature and generally with the change of seasons. The changes are minimal, but they can offset string height and overall tuning. To compensate for that problem, there is a so called ‘truss rod’ installed in in the neck, which you can tighten or loosen and adjust the neck this way.
On the Shamisen there isn’t such a thing of course, so I was wondering, do this little changes in the wood really matter on the Shamisen? Can the Sao even get bent that much at all? The string height isn’t really an important factor it seems, considering they can be pressed down fairly easy anyway.
I hope someone can give a little bit of advice on this topic!