The ShamiBuddy


"What?? I have to spend that much money just to begin shamisen??" Those are words uttered by many newcomers to shamisen. It's no secret that shamisen has been an expensive world to enter. Years ago, it cost an average of $800 just to get a low quality, entry-level shamisen (made in China)! Thanks to our direct connections with shamisen makers, we were able to bring the Beginner's Shamisen (made in Japan) to the world for a fraction of the retail price! While the Beginner's Shamisen opened the doors to the shamisen world for many people, the total price combined with accessories still made starting shamisen difficult for some. At Bachido, our goal is to provide accessibility for all to enjoy this three stringed instrument. Having over 13 years of experience building professional shamisen for personal use, I decided it was time to use those skills to create an even more affordable shamisen with a streamlined design. In 2019, The ShamiBuddy was born! Built from high quality woods, this streamlined shamisen is a perfect way to enter the global shamisen world. It's light weight is easy for everyone to hold, and the tight synthetic Hibiki (Black/White Synthetic) skin yields a clear, resonant tone. The ShamiBuddy is 100% designed and built by Kyle Abbott, the Founder of Bachido (that's me!), at Bachido HQ in Santa Cruz, California!
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Specifications

Strong & Streamlined

The curves of a Japanese shamisen are beautiful. Although I love the shamisen as a work of art, the beautiful curves are easy to break. Knowing how easy the curved tenjin can chip, I feel anxious when playing shamisen outside or at a party. Because of this, I redesigned the shamisen so it could be easily played anywhere with ease! Enjoy it at home after work, play it in the park, or share it with your friends/family!

Shaped for Comfort

The ShamiBuddy matches the average size of a Chuzao shamisen. Because the sao (neck) is the same length as a standard shamisen, a Fujaku (position mark strip) can be fitted on the ShamiBuddy so you can easily start playing your favorite songs from the Bachido Schoolhouse! (The Fujaku is included with the Best Buddy model)

The ShamiBuddy’s dou (body) matches the outside curve of a standard Size 2 shamisen dou (for nagauta shamisen). Combined with the light weighted materials, it is very easy to pick up and play anywhere!

Accessory Set (Best Buddy ONLY)

Want to play your ShamiBuddy right away? The Best Buddy includes the full set of accessories, professionally installed so it’s ready to play right out of the box!*

*Minimal assembly is required, but instructions are included so it takes less than 5 minutes to do so.

Set Includes:

Special Bonus!

To help you get started with your brand-new ShamiBuddy, I am including several learning materials for free!

Double Buddy Special!

Shamisen is fun to play alone, but it’s even more amazing to play with friends! Order a second ShamiBuddy for no added shipping costs!

Helpful Videos

ShamiBuddy Setup Instructions
Making the Sawari Effect
ShamiBuddy: Studio Test

Order the ShamiBuddy!

(Note: Please allow two weeks for order preparation)

Important: Please read before purchase.

The Basic Buddy

Careful! This is the Bare Bones model (only strings included!) Recommended for those who already own shamisen accessories.
(Please scroll down for Best Buddy, which includes the recommended Accessory Set)

The Basic Buddy

(Black Skin)

$250

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New models coming Early 2021!
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The Basic Buddy

(White Skin)

$299

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The Best Buddy

The Best Buddy is recommended for beginners! Includes full ShamiBuddy Accessory Set with FREE professional setup.

The Best Buddy

(Black Skin)

$370

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New models coming Early 2021!
(Your order will be processed by PayPal)

The Best Buddy

(White Skin)

$420

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New models coming Early 2021!
(Your order will be processed by PayPal)

Import Tax

Please be aware that Bachido is NOT responsible for covering import tax, and must be covered by the customer. Because import tax varies depending on the country, please check your country's import tax and make sure you will be able to cover the cost of the tax as well as the items you are purchasing from Bachido.

Return Policy

There is a 90 day return policy (which starts on the first day of shipment) for the ShamiBuddy. All returns are subject to a 15% restocking fee, and shipping costs must be covered by the customer.

The ShamiBuddy must be returned in new condition. Any signs of wear or damage to the instrument, whether from use or during shipping, will void the warranty. If this is the case, we will provide evidence of the fault, and the refund will not be given. If this is the case, the customer must cover shipping costs to have it sent back to his/her address.

We apologize for the strictness of the policy. The shamisen is a fragile instrument, and there's always risk of damage during shipping, which is why we wish to keep returns to a minimum.

Damages

The ShamiBuddy is fully insured from initial shipment to until final delivery. If the ShamiBuddy is damaged upon arrival, please proceed with the following instructions to receive compensation/replacement.

1. Contact us within 48 hours of receipt notifying us of the damage.
2. Send us at least three photos: one photo of the full product, a close-up (or several) of the damage, and a photo of the package.
3. We may ask you to fill a “damage claims form” at your local post office for reimbursement purposes.
4. In most circumstances, we will pay shipping costs for your replacement. In special cases, we may ask that you pay shipping costs.

Read more about Care and Handling here!