Earlier this year, I ordered through ebay auction a very nice vintage beginner shamisen. It seems to have the characteristics of Jiuta style. The original set of strings were pretty dried and snapped quite quickly. So I then ordered the strings for Jiuta off of amazon which were shipped from Japan. Now I have some backup strings and so far have only snapped one since. Its been a more discouraging instrument for me though since having to tune slightly lower because these strings are very close gauge and quite thin. But doing so, somewhat dampens the characteristic of the instruments sound especially for the tighter bass strings buzz. But if tuned to (what I’ve thought is standard tuning), they will fall out of tune very easily, and the high string will be so stressed/close to breaking point.
So I wondered…
Would it hurt or be unorthodox to use your Tsugaru Ito, where the gauge difference is more prominent, for this Jiuta style shamisen?
Thank you for all you do and have done in this Instruments community
Love from Montana, US