Geared Pegs (machine heads) have always been at home on the head of a Fender Stratocaster or Les Paul guitar, but trying to marry something metal to a sanshin in a harmonious way was always incredibly difficult. The solution...a skilled sanshin craftsman and guitar maker have worked closely together to create the perfect sanshin neck (sou) for the perfect metal peg.
The design/shape of the sou is based on the oldest sanshin Haebaru form. The geared pegs are the latest innovations from Japanese company Gotoh. This incorporates a good balance between tradition and technology, finished in a sophisticated design.
Convert your sanshin to a Geared Peg Rokushin (six strings) gives you twice the octaves to play with, and opens up a world of guitar songs. A more versatile instrument, and thanks to the precision and stability of the Gotoh geared pegs it's easier to tune!
Designed in Okinawa, handcrafted and assembled in Okinawa using Japanese components, we think we have managed to produce something special.
A Guitar craftsmen and a sanshin artisan worked together to create something original for the ironwood neck. The design of the sou is a result of combining each other's skills and knowledge.
Choose between Matt Black or Cherry Brown finish for the neck (sou).
Both finishes bring out the metallic color of the pegs.
Gotoh's newest model, the Stealth Key, is the smallest and lightest geared peg in the world (1/2 to 1/3 the weight of ordinary guitar machine heads). Despite the light weight, it is extremely durable and allows for easier and more precise tuning when compared with a conventional peg.
left: Gotoh Stealth SB4 Black, right: Gotoh Stealth SB4 Gold.
*** You can choose from any of the above models and colors for your geared pegs.
*** All production photos shown use the SB4 variation.
The Geared Peg Sanshin and Rokushin will still fit comfortably inside your standard size carrying cases.
Changing to a geared pegs is an easy transition. The length and scale of the neck, along with the weight remains familiar to sanshin players.
pictured above: Tropication K.K.capri converted to Geared Peg Sanshin / Cherry Brown finish / Gotoh Stealth SB4 black.
Total cost = $448.00 (K.K.mono) + $333.00 (Geared Peg conversion) = $781.00.
pictured above: Tropication K.K.mono converted to Geared Peg Rokushin / Matte Black finish / Gotoh Stealth SB4 black.
Total cost = $448.00 (K.K.mono) + $466.00 (Rokushin conversion) = $914.00.
*** Strings are attached, alternating between Okinawan (white, heaver gauge) and Oshima (yellow, lighter gauge).
6th → Okinawan male string, 5th → Oshima male string,
4th → Okinawan middle string, 3rd → Oshima middle string,
2nd → Okinawan female string, 1st → Oshima female string.
Please note: Each custom order will take approximately two weeks to complete.
Geared Peg sanshin conversions are available for all sanshin purchased from the Asoviva web site, and also for customers who wish to convert a sanshin they already own.
International shipments use the following Japan Post services:
Express Mail Service. EMS mail is handled with the highest priority of any international service (estimated delivery time 2-4 days).
Economy Air (SAL) - normally 1-3 weeks.
Surface Mail - normally 1-3 months.
Once your order has shipped we will email your tracking number.
In the following cases, we will exchange the item or give customer a full refund within 7days of the receipt of the items.
*In either case, customer is responsible for return shipping cost.
- When customer receive incorrect items.
- When items are badly damaged.
- When customer is not completely satisfied with the quality of the item.
When customer wants to return the item for any other reasons, customer must contact Asoviva within 3 days of the receipt of the items and sent the item back to Asoviva Items must be unused and in original packaging. Please note that after 7 days of receipt of the items, we may not be able to accept any return or offer refund.
Your order will be shipped to you within three business days of the date of purchase.
If there is a shortage of stock affecting your order, we will notify you immediately.
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