Skip to product information
1 of 11

Yamaha SHB-30 Bass Violyre Taishogoto

Yamaha SHB-30 Bass Violyre Taishogoto

Brand: Yamaha

Regular price £735.00 GBP | Inc.VAT: £882.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £735.00 GBP
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.

Exports are EX-VAT worldwide. VAT Included at checkout for UK Customers.

Unique, inspiring keyboard style electric violin/cello with bow (can also be strummed with a plectrum) which stacks up impressively well with effects pedals, amps etc. Very weighty – beautiful build quality.

View full details

Product Description

Yamaha SH-30 electric Bass Violyre/Taishogoto for sale in excellent condition and superb working order.

Complete with case, bow, cable, spare strings and 100v 12v centre positive power supply.

Unique design that offers the usual taishogoto option of using a plectrum for mandolin/'guitar' type sounds, or by bowing like a violin or cello. Onboard reverb settings for quiet headphone use, or plug into your guitar amp/desk/pedals for wild Jimmy Page/John Cale theatrics. The range of sounds and tones that can be coaxed out of this instrument are immense: very refreshing, enjoyable and inspiring.

Tested, working fine and sounding great. One soft rubber key pad is missing but this doesn't affect use. Complete with case and bow. Yamaha Taishogotos are all well made but the build quality of the Violyre is next level - feels very weighty and solid. A serious instrument for the discerning player. Uses a 12v centre positive power supply (and 9v battery) - comes with original 100v Japanese psu.

Taishogoto background:

The Taishogoto or Nagoya Harp is a Japanese stringed instrument dating back to the early 20th century. To enable 'quiet' practice with headphones,  an electric pick up was added which of course means you can now plug this into your pedal/effects chains, guitar amps, echoes etc. Played by strumming or plucking the strings with a plectrum while  'fretting' the notes using the keys, this could be viewed as an electric guitar for keyboard players. It's very similar to India's Bulbul Tarang, though happily not in build quality: I bought a Bulbul Tarang direct from India some years ago and it arrived with multiple issues caused by a combination of poor manufacturing and shoddy packaging. This is a delight to play and quick to get pleasing results.

I've been enjoying investigating these for a while now and have created some astonishingly huge electric guitar style walls of sound. I'm particularly fond of using it with a treble boost, germanium fuzz and tape echo. Traditionally the strings are all tuned to G, but it's worth experimenting with alternative open tunings (try slide, folk or lap steel tunings) as this can really open up the possibilities. If you have a few guitar pedals to hand you can very quickly create a massive sound from this humble little instrument. I've recently read that Harmonia apparently used one, which goes some way to explaining why I'm so smitten with them.

The pickup output is on a standard 1/4" socket.


Very good condition with a few minor scuffs and marks. Please see photos or get in touch if you require more information on condition.

Voltage Information

See description for more information.


For sales in UK the price will include 20% VAT. Buyers elsewhere may incur VAT or other local taxes on import.