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Artificial Snakeskin Sanshin

This traditional style sanshin uses high quality artificial snakeskin, made from an extremely durable form of polyester.

The neck(sou) is made from solid oak, using only wood taken from the center of the tree, then carefully dried to prevent any cracking - this will result in a much stronger neck and heavier sound.

The quality of the neck and the reinforced skin bring you closer to the sound of genuine snakeskin. To mark this quality we provide you with a 5 year warranty on any repairs required for your sanshin.

Additionally, as some countries prohibit the import of real snakeskin, this provides a perfect compromise without sacrificing quality, and allows you to start playing sanshin at a more affordable price.


January 2008 ※ solid ebony uma became the standard shipped, due to improved tone and stability.


■ Skin: Artificial snakeskin.
■ Neck: solid oak.
■ Style: Makabe.
■ Finish: Black Cashew.
■ Doumaki: Traditional embroidered design.
■ Karakui: Ebony hexagonal style.
■ Size: length - 80cm ■ width - 20cm ■ height - 8cm
■ Weight: 1.3kg.

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Artificial Snakeskin Sanshin
(comes with bachi, set of replacement strings, and cloth sack)



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7 reasons to buy an Asoviva Sanshin

We provide helpful labels to indicate note positions.

The Sanshin, like a guitar, requires different finger positions for different notes. However, unlike a guitar, there are no frets to indicate these positions. Asoviva provides labels for the neck(sou) of your sanshin indicating correct finger positions and making life easier for the beginner. No frets. No problem.


Each sanshin is pre-tuned and ready to play.

We think it would be disappointing if the first sound you heard from your new sanshin is out of tune! Asoviva make sure your sanshin is correctly tuned and ready to play out of the box.


We provide a position label for the uma.

The bridge(uma) of the sanshin can be difficult for beginners to correctly position. In addition to the note position labels, we provide another to indicate the correct position for the uma, ensuring correct pitch.


Your sanshin will fit inside your case of choice.

The available cases for sanshin, produced by various manufacturers, are normally 20cm wide. We ensure the width of the tuning pegs(karakui) when in place, will still allow your sanshin to fit inside any case.


We pre-stretch your strings. Your sanshin stays in tune.

New strings fitted to a sanshin, even when correctly tuned, will normally fall out of tune as they are first stretched and played. To solve this problem we pre-stretch our strings five times when we receive them, and five times again before fitting them to your sanshin. This ensures your tone will remain stable longer.


We use handcrafted karakui for an easy fit.

Asoviva only use handcrafted wooden tuning pegs(karakui). Premade plastic pegs are often problematic when fitting to a sanshin, as the sizes of the tuning holes may vary slightly. By using handcrafted pegs made specifically for your sanshin, we can ensure a perfect fit.


We care about quality.

Asoviva have taken great care to make sure each part of your sanshin meets a high standard, regardless of cost. Whether your sanshin is made from ebony, rosewood or any other wood, it has been handcrafted with the utmost care. To ensure this quality standard, each sanshin is checked for both quality of tone, and for quality of craftsmanship prior to delivery.

shoppin guide


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.

Refund/Return/Exchange Policy
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.

About Delivery

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.


ASOVIVA accepts all major credit cards, and PayPal transactions.

All credit card payments are processed securely through the PayPal website.

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