Shamisen Repairs

Do you have a friend or family member with an antique shamisen sitting broken and dusty in the closet? Is your own shamisen in such disrepair, it's unplayable? Even though a shamisen is broken into many pieces, often it can be restored to a shiny and like-new condition.

The wonders of restoration

Since 2006, Kyle Abbott has built five shamisen by hand, and has repaired many more. Take a look at two shamisen, both arrived at Bachido HQ with a ruptured skin and broken joints. With careful work, Kyle restored them to new condition with a fresh, resonant tone!

View Repaired Shamisen (12 pics)

Estimated Costs for Common Repairs

(Note: Cost varies depending on extent of damage, and if replacement parts need to be ordered from Japan)

Want your shamisen repaired? Here’s what to do!

1. Write a list of requested repairs.
2. Take pictures of the parts you wish to be repaired (clear and focused, please!)
3. Please send those pictures and list of requests in a friendly message to store (at) bachido (dot) com.
4. Kyle Abbott will look at the list and pictures, and respond with an explanation of the required work, along with an estimate.
Note: Often, the glue of antique shamisen disintegrate, which may cause a separate part of the shamisen to break during repair (most often, the soundbox). Precautions are taken to ensure this doesn’t happen, but there is always the likelihood of further repair required.

When Kyle views the pictures you’ve included and suspects further repairs required, he will inform you and explain via email.

Your consent is mandatory!
Kyle will perform the work agreed upon in the email. Upon receiving the shamisen, if he finds other areas which he thinks should be repaired, or parts unexpectedly break (due to the shamisen’s age), he will inform you and ask if you’d like him to fix it (with costs included) No added work will be done or charged for without your approval. If you decline further repairs, he will only repair the parts initially agreed upon.

If you have a shamisen you’d like professionally repaired, please send an email to store (at) bachido (dot) com