Help identifying a Shamisen


#1

Hello, I’m following the community for a while but I still don’t have my instrument, I was about to go to japan to try buying one, but I found this:

And since I’m working in Manila at the moment, do you guys think its a good idea? What shamisen is this one? Does it seem worth it?

Thank you so much.


#2

Hellooooooooo!

Welcome to Bachido, Gustavo.

Unfortunately, all I see on that link are guitars and the like. No shamisen to ID.

Perhaps you could upload the image to imgr or the like? I think there may be a linking error.


#3

Hi Christopher, thank you for answering, I went to the link again, the shamisen post was removed there, maybe someone already bought it ;_;


#4

Ah, that’s too bad.

Well, if you happen to come to Japan, feel free to get in touch with me. I can maybe give you a hand in finding an instrument.


#5

Alright!!! Thank you so much!!! I might need some guidance hehe


#6

I found this new one, can someone help me identify it?

https://apollo-singapore.akamaized.net/v1/files/3yo8bk5harrp-PH/image;s=1000x700;olx-st/1.jpg

https://apollo-singapore.akamaized.net/v1/files/3yo8bk5harrp-PH/image;s=1000x700;olx-st/1.jpg

Thank you!


#7

Hi Gustavo. Impossible to be sure without the measurements, but it looks like a nagauta shamisen. White koma looks nagauta too… Have you any other picture ? Good luck !


#8

Thats the only pictures the seller posted, thank you very much for the help Patrick!!


#9

Looks like nagauta, according to the sao. The bridge also looks like it. The dou looks like it’s in good shape. But it would be helpful to request a picture of the whole instrument to determine the condition.


#10

As the others have said, Gustavo: that is most likely (but not conclusively) a nagauta.

As Patrick and chung said, the white koma and neck look like what we’d expect in nagauta, but they’re not a perfect indicators

It may also be: hauta, jiuta, yanagawa, or kouta shamisen, depending on the specifics of the dimensions.

Take a look at the skin.

Three things stand out to me: the relatively shallow skinning, the sheen of a bachigawa, and the two dots near the middle of the skin.

The distance a skin goes down the dou can tell us a little about the shamisen. We know it’s not a futozao derivative, and we know that the last kawahari was done with aesthetics in mind - or that it’s a fake skin, pre cut and shaped.

The sheen near the neck is a bachigawa. This would tend to rule out kouta shamisen.

You can see two dots faintly, near the middle of the shamisen. This is usually indicative of a cat skin - what you’d be seeing are the nipple holes. However, some dog and plastic skins are marked in a similar way.

I’d also be concerned about any possible neck damage and what the underside looks like, personally.


#11

Thank you for the thoughtful help guys!! It was really enlightening!!!
Thank you so much!!