Koma (Bridge)

Koma (Bridge)

The most necessary accessory to the shamisen, besides the shamisen itself. The koma is a bridge which, like all stringed instruments, transfers vibrations from the string to the skin, producing sound which you can hear.

Watch how to insert the koma.

  • This koma is made entirely of bamboo (Madake). While it…
    This koma is made entirely of bamboo (Madake). While it is technically sized for Tsugaru style, it can be used with any shamisen type.
  • This koma is made with a bamboo (Madake) base and…
    This koma is made with a bamboo (Madake) base and a bone-tipped saddle. While it is technically sized for Tsugaru style, it can be used with any shamisen type.
  • This koma is made with a bamboo (Madake) base and…
    This koma is made with a bamboo (Madake) base and a bone saddle. While it is technically sized for Tsugaru style, it can be used with any shamisen type.
  • This koma is made with a bamboo (Madake) base and…
    This koma is made with a bamboo (Madake) base and a bone saddle. While it is technically sized for Tsugaru style, it can be used with any shamisen type.
  • This koma is made with a bamboo (Madake) base and…
    This koma is made with a bamboo (Madake) base and a bone-tipped saddle. While it is technically sized for Tsugaru style, it can be used with any shamisen type.
  • This is the cheapest koma available, both in price and…
    This is the cheapest koma available, both in price and quality. It's okay if it's all you can afford, but the tone and strength of koma made with bamboo or wood (or anything other than plastic koma) are far superior, and worth the extra cost.
  • Neighbors keeping your sound levels down? Desperately wanting to play…
    Neighbors keeping your sound levels down? Desperately wanting to play shamisen now but still recovering from that hangover? The shinobi koma (Stealth Bridge) is made for you! Replacing your normal koma with the Shinobi Koma will lower the sound level tremendously.  
  • Prepare for extra-awesome! Compared to the regular Shinobi Koma, the…
    Prepare for extra-awesome! Compared to the regular Shinobi Koma, the Shinobi Koma - Deluxe is loaded with extra features!
  • This Shinobi Koma - Kobashiki is the best Shinobi Koma…
    This Shinobi Koma - Kobashiki is the best Shinobi Koma available.
  • I must admit, this is my absolute favorite koma. It’s…
    I must admit, this is my absolute favorite koma. It’s both great sounding and a gorgeous work of art. This koma is made from susudake (soot bamboo) and half bone top is expertly carved with three waves (or some might see fangs) curving downward. All of the bamboo/wood koma on Bachido sound great, but I particularly like this one for both it’s style and sound!

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