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Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon  

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This Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon was beautifully handcrafted in Peru from Peruvian Mohena with artisan inlays. Alex's favorite flamenco model, this cajon has wires that provide the perf... Click To Read More About This Product

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This Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon was beautifully handcrafted in Peru from Peruvian Mohena with artisan inlays. Alex's favorite flamenco model, this cajon has wires that provide the perfect amount of buzz and resonance-the cajon is excellent for traditional flamenco or for modern applications.

Cajon comes with a free carrying bag.

Born in Pativilca, Peru, Acuna played in local bands from the age of ten, and moved to Lima as a teenager. At the age of eighteen he joined the band of Perez Prado, and in 1967 he moved to Puerto Rico. In 1974 Acuna moved to Las Vegas, working with artists such as Elvis Presley and Diana Ross, and the following year he joined the jazz-fusion group Weather Report, appearing on the albums Black Market and Heavy Weather. Acuna left Weather Report in 1978, and became a session musician in California, recording and playing live with (amongst many others): Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald, Jim Walker, Chick Corea, Whitney Houston, Pl¡cido Domingo, Phil Keaggy, Sergeant Petter, Sam Phillips, former Weather Report bandmates Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Beck, Roberta Flack, U2, and Al Jarreau.

Features
  • 20"H x 14"W x 12.5"D.
  • Handcrafted in Peru from Peruvian Mohena with artisan inlays
  • Wires provide the perfect amount of buzz and resonance
  • for traditional Flamenco
  • Adjustable faceplate
  • Dovetail corners
  • Rubber feet
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Gon BopsAlex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon
 
4.9

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (17)
  • Responsive (16)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Sensitive (13)
  • Huge tone (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (13)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Jazz clubs (6)
  • Soundtracks (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (7), Novice (4)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Cajon deserves the high marks

By tetsu96

from AZ

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Acoustic Sets
    • Jazz Clubs
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

    I picked up this and the Gon Bops Rumbero at the same time to compare. This one has a lower bass tone, and a drier bass (strings go across the top corners of this vs the double V in the Rumbero). I prefer that drier bass and find this box slips into different musical styles more easily. The snare has a lot of snap to it, the bass is nice and low. It's not as responsive or textured as the Rumbero, but it's still a responsive Cajon and a lot of fun to play. It's my new go-to Cajon.

     
    5.0

    Excellent sound!

    By Johnny Mac

    from Houston, Texas.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Small Venues
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Jazz Clubs
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

      I'm a seasoned player and tried many cajones and by far this cajon is the winner in my book. I got lots of complements on the solid boom sound and also the looks. This cajon is very well made and it's also a piece of art with all the colors.

       
      5.0

      An Excellent Cajon

      By Mike

      from NYC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Awesome Carry Case Includ
      • Big Bass
      • Expert Craftmanship
      • Great Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • Weighs A Lot

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

        This cajon is expensive but definitely worth the money. For starters, it is very beautiful and the woodwork is incredible. The sound is great. I love the deep, booming bass because there is no snare buzz or rattle. The kick/snare sounds are great too, but it takes some practice to learn how to strike which place to get which sound. My best advice is to try this cajon in-store and see if it fits your style.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it!

        By Kempton

        from Punxsutawney, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

            I use this with my band for more acoustic like shows and it sounds great! I looked around for awhile for a Cajon, reading reviews and looking at different websites, and I finally decided on this one and I couldn't be happier with it! It sounds great!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Not Your Avg Cajon - Great Sounds!

            By GIZMO

            from Bristol, RI

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Huge Tone
            • Responsive
            • Sensitive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Jazz Clubs
              • Small Venues
              • Soundtracks

              Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

              I've been playing this Cajon for about a week and I love it. Looks great, and sounds amazing. Great low end bass tones, and nice crisp snare/slap tones. I've been using a few of my friends cajons while shopping around and playing whats out there, but I played out with this one the night i received it, and I couldn't beleive the reviews. People in the bar were asking who makes this Cajon, because it sounded so much better than any others they have heard, not to mention the great design and finish....it's definitely and eye catcher. I mic'ed the back with my Audix D6 and the front with my Audix SCX-1's that I use as overheads on my kit. Sound was exceptional after going through the board with minimal effects. All the reviews on this Cajon were spot on and I couldn't be happier with the purchase. You may pay a little more than some of the other cajons that are out there, but this one is definitely worth it.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              excellent cajon!

              By ROY

              from Warwick RI

              Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

              I purchased this cajon sight unseen after trying out some lower-mid-level ones in stock at Warwick GC store and I am AMAZED at how beautiful the aesthetics and sounds are!! It is definitely worth the extra money to go with this one versus some of the less expensive ones that I tried. The amount of snare is just right for how I like to play and the bass tone is surprisingly loud when you need it to be... Its astounding how much variety of sounds you can get from a single drum. I highly recommend this one!

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfection

              By Scott

              from Lewiston, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Huge Tone
              • Responsive
              • Sensitive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Jazz Clubs
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

                I had been searching for a cajon for about two years. Every time I would go in to a music store, I'd seek them out.... sit down, bang on the thing, put it back. Sometimes, the "kick" sound wasn't there. Sometimes, the snare sound wasn't there. Sometimes, the kick sound WAS there, but the buzz of the snare sound simultaneously wasn't right. Then, I stopped in to a Guitar Center in Portland, Oregon. They had about 10 cajons. I went through the usual process. Move it away from the wall. Sit down. Hit it. Put it back. Repeat. Until I hit the Alex Acuna from Gon Bops. Struck the middle. Deep, resonant but not tubby. Then I smacked the upper right corner of the face and was in awe of the tight snare-like "crack". Grabbed some brushes to go along with it and wow. Jazz kit? Yep. Americana friendly? Yup. Trust me. This box is the stuff. I am currently using it in a live set up in a duo. I play guitar or keys and sing, and have this set up with a pedal like a kick drum. You can just see the crowd light up when I add a little percussion to a song, heads start bobbing, smiles on the faces. I mic it with an Audix kick mic- soundhole or face, doesn't matter. Cannot speak highly enough of the build quality, sound, and I haven't even MENTIONED the appearance. It is a pretty piece of furniture. There you go. If you want a cajon, just do it.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Special, Indeed!

                By HeightsGuy

                from Houston

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Beautiful Craftsmanship
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • Non-standard Size

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

                I bought this based on reviews of others, without actually laying hands on one beforehand. I don't normally like to do that for percussion instruments, but the comments on this cajon are so positive, I thought "go for it!". And I'm glad I did - this is a marvelous cajon. Great sound for both bass and slap, and possibilities for other sounds as well. The finish is beautiful, even jaw-dropping. I do have a couple of very minor quibbles: there were no instructions on how to adjust, and the size is non-standard, so if you want to upgrade the case there aren't many (or any) choices. Still, I'm very happy with this cajon.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Redefines what a cajon should sound like

                By Circle City Steel

                from Indianapolis

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Responsive
                • Sensitive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Jazz Clubs
                  • Small Venues
                  • Soundtracks

                  Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

                  First, I must say, pictures can not do justice to the beauty of this instrument. It is absolutely gorgeous. Also, it comes with a gig bag with shoulder strap and front zipper compartment.

                  We tend to be familiar with the Meinl or Pearl models for the cajon, if you are using it in place of a drumset. If you approach this cajon in the same way, you may be surprised or disappointed. High pitches in the upper corners and low pitches on the lower portion of the front plate. This cajon follows the same principals, but the color options are so far superior that the instrument feels completely different from the Meinls and Pearls.

                  Every spot on this front place is a sweet spot for some type of sound or feel, and there is a learning curve to find the best spots for your type of music. You can generate all of your highs and lows to replicate a drum kit sound all along with X-axis, never having to move along the Y-axis. This is deceptive, cognitively, but it opens up a treasure chest of new musical opportunities. As you explore the remaining space, you will find color options that we are not used to with the cheaper cajons. This is a musician's cajon.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome Tones! Beautiful Craftsmanship!

                  By Timbo

                  from North Carolina

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful
                  • Excellent Craftsmanship
                  • Great Sound
                  • Great Tone Range
                  • Huge Tone
                  • Responsive
                  • Sensitive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Acoustic Sessions
                    • Jam Sessions
                    • Live Sessions
                    • Praise Groups
                    • Recording Sessions
                    • Small Venues
                    • Soundtracks

                    Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

                    I have been playing cajon for nearly three years now. I learned to play on a relatively inexpensive, but nice model, owned by the church in which I am a member of the praise band and another cajon (the exact same model) I was borrowing from a friend (who does not play). Over the last 6-8 months, I have become somewhat in demand as a player, so I decided it was time to purchase a cajon of my own. I use the cajon in a variety of musical styles ranging from bluegrass & mountain music to classic rock and funk, and a variety of venues ranging from front porch jams to night clubs. As I researched which instrument to purchase, I was at first overwhelmed with the variety of choices. I finally decided on this model, due collectively to the positive reviews, the beauty of this piece, and the Alex Acuna endorsement. I LOVE IT! It sounds equally as great "unplugged" or mic'd. Depending on the setting, I use a kick drum mic placed at the rear port, and occasionally will use an SM58 up front to pick up my shakers and foot tambourine. This is, in fact, a beautiful instrument with a very wide range of tones. The in-laid wood is gorgeous, finished with a very high gloss clear coat which sparkles under stage lighting! It appears to be built to last for years with dove-tail joints along the edges and sturdy feet on the bottom. The carrying bag is also very nice and promises to keep my cajon looking like new for many gigs to come! Thank you, Musician's Friend, for offering such a great product and for consistently being "right on time" with your shipping!

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