Premium Acrylic Bachi


Handcrafted by the experienced hands of Bachido member Josh Curry, these beautiful acrylic bachi gives flexibility with a clear, snappy tone! Premium acrylic bachi are made from high quality acrylic with it's tang secured in a luscious wooden handle.

Replacement Parts

Whether your bachi is made from plastic, wood, or faux-bekko, the tips of your bachi will eventually chip. It happens with all bachi and is an expected occurrence for shamisen players. The chipped edges can be smoothed and rounded, but often the pointed tips of a new bachi is desired, and players end up purchasing a brand new bachi. This premium acrylic bachi is specifically made in a whole new way! If the bachi's tip gets chipped, it can be sent in for the fresh bachi blade replacement. Just another way we seek to make shamisen a sustainable hobby for everyone to enjoy!

Lightweight

The Shamisen master Reigen Fujii is a huge proponent of lightweight bachi. If used correctly, a lightweight bachi gives a great tone while putting much less strain on the wrist. Typical bachi weigh around 150 grams. The Premium Acrylic Bachi weighs in at 60 grams.

Kyle's observation

The size and weight of the bachi is a real delight and the tone is very sharp and clear. With extended intense playing, I find it causes far less fatigue than a regular bachi. The blade is flexible enough to provide a silky smooth striking experience, yet feels solid enough to provide a strong tone. While the tone is naturally different than wood, plastic or faux-bekko, it stands up equally well and I enjoy it's tone as much as the other bachi.

The only area where it can benefit from future material development is with heavy tsugaru-style strikes on the ichi no ito. When sharply striking the thick ichi no ito, the tone is softer and more rounded than a faux-bekko bachi (which yields a harder tone). That said, it is specifically an aesthetic difference and I suspect this difference will be only noticeable for experienced players pursuing this particular aesthetic.

Bachi Models

Classic

This is the original Acrylic Bachi from Josh Curry. The handle features lovely smooth chamfered edges which makes it especially easier to grip for beginners. Normally, bachi handles aren't rounded and so the edges can feel a bit uncomfortable. If the edges of bachi tend to hurt your fingers, this would be the perfect bachi for you!

Specifications

Classic

Big K’s Favorite

I (Kyle Abbott) was lucky enough to find a bekko bachi that fit my hand absolutely perfectly. When I first held it, the perfect match allowed me to execute techniques with far greater accuracy and comfort than my previous bachi which didn’t match my hand profile as well. In fact, it fit so well, I was nervous to use it publicly out of fear of breaking it! Fortunately, Josh generously offered to make an Acrylic Bachi with the same exact measurements as my favorite bekko bachi. It feels wonderful in my hand (the lighter weight is amazing too!), and the playing experience is very close to my favorite bekko bachi. Note: You will notice that the tip of the handle will flex when the bachi strikes. This is a good thing, as the acrylic is allowed to fully flex (this removes the chance of the blade snapping at the edge). While this feature is on all models, the flexing effect is most noticable on this model as the wood is thinner.

Specifications

Special Edition: Ogi Blade

This blade available for both Classic and Big K’s Favorite Models

Josh Curry has recently developed this very elegant ‘Ogi Blade’. The standard blade has a straight edge, whereas the Ogi Blade has a beautiful fan-like curve. This curve doesn’t noticablely affect the playability of the bachi, but adds a very pleasing visual aesthetic for the fashion concious shamisenists! Note: This blade type is available for both Classic and Big K’s Favorite, but only available for 1.6mm blade thickness


Purchase your Premium Acrylic Bachi

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Premium Acrylic Bachi

Bachi Blade Thickness: 3.1mm

(warmer tone, stiffer blade, more colors)

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Premium Acrylic Bachi

Bachi Blade Thickness: 1.6mm

(sharper tone, flexible, very similar to bekkou)

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Ogi Blade Option

Fan style curved blade

Blade thickness: 1.6mm

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Acrylic Bachi are built per order. Please allow between two to three weeks for construction and lacquering time

Return Policy

If you are unsatisfied with your Premium Acrylic Bachi for any reason, return it within 30 days for a full refund. (Shipping costs must be covered by the customer).

Note: At this point, returns/replacements are only offered for US domestic customers.

Replacement blades

If your bachi blade chips, you may send in your bachi to be replaced and refinished with a brand new blade. The replacement/refinishing service is $50/bachi, and shipping costs must be covered by the customer.