Welcome to Bachido! I haven’t seen inlay like we see on guitars on shamisen (Yet! Maybe one day that will change?) At any rate, here is a really nice example of Edo period shamisen decoration using Coral, Ivory, Tortoiseshell, Silver, Gold, and even Jade. drool
The shamisen was made by the famous Ishimura family. It is said this was the family to first apply the use of Ayasugi and Sawari on shamisen! Even though this shamisen was most likely a “decorative use only” sort of thing, it is still probably one of the most important instruments we have around from the Edo period.
I would really like to see some examples of mother of pearl inlay on shamisen, but the best I could find was a picture of inlay work on an ivory bachi… STILL SUPER NICE!
Gotta run now, but am curious to know if anyone else has any information on inlay and shamisen decoration.
Hope everyone has a good weekend!