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The cajon is an authentic Afro-Cuban wooden box percussion instrument. Meinl cajons are completely handmade from start to finish. They work perfectly for flamenco or world music and deliver a wide ran... Read More

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Overview

The cajon is an authentic Afro-Cuban wooden box percussion instrument. Meinl cajons are completely handmade from start to finish. They work perfectly for flamenco or world music and deliver a wide range of sounds, from loud, deep bass tones to cutting high overtones. Drummers and percussionists appreciate the cajon for its diversity of sound. They're also perfect for unplugged gigs or sessions.

The cajon is one of today's most popular percussion instruments because it very easy to play, and provides a great feel and rhythmic foundation to any musical situation. It is fun to experiment with and is popular in literally every musical genre as it is often used during unplugged gigs or softer songs to replace an entire drum kit.

After just a little practice, basic beats and grooves can be achieved. It can be used by drummers as a substitute for their throne, playing on it with one hand, while the other hand keeps time on the ride or the hi-hat.

Many drummers also use the cajon during unplugged gigs, certain songs, or spontaneous sessions as its ability to emulate many sounds serves as an excellent substitute for a complete drum set.

Traditionally, cajons are played by sitting on the padded top of the box while slightly leaning backwards. The frontplate is struck with the bare hands. Various playing techniques help to create different sounds ranging from deep bass tones to cutting highs and slaps.

A nice effect can be achieved by sliding the foot up and down the frontplate when playing the cajon, in effect changing the pitch of its tone.

A unique and inspiring sound is achieved when playing the cajon's frontplate with a pair of brushes or rods.

The history of the cajon

The cajon, which is the Spanish word for box, has been part of Afro-Peruvian music since the 19th cfentury. The instrument originated in colonial Peru, when the slaves, whose African drums had been forbidden by their masters, used wooden boxes intended to hold fruits or overturned drawers to play their rhythms on. Later the cajon was officially added to the instrumentation of the vals criollo, or "creole waltz." It is now a national emblem for Peruvians, and an indispensable part of any ensemble that performs the traditional folk music of Peru.

The cajon's later development can be clearly traced back to one man, the flamenco guitar player Paco de Lucia. In the early 1970s, the Spanish embassy in Lima, Peru hosted a party for Paco de Lucia, where they had a traditional Peruvian band perform utilizing the cajon. Flamenco music comprises many different rhythms which are normally played by the guitar player striking the body of the guitar. At that party, Paco de Lucia asked his former percussionist Ruben Danta to play the "Buleria" on the cajon, which is one of the rhythms used in flamenco. Consequently, Paco de Lucia took the cajon with him back to Spain. The short staccato sounds that can be played on the cajon make it perfect for flamenco music, because that sound naturally relates to the footwork and hand-claps ("palmas") used in Flamenco. Since the cajon's historic migration from Peru to Spain, its use has spread worldwide.

Features
  • Beautiful Makah-burlwood frontplate
  • Siam oak resonating body
  • Built-in sizzle effect
  • Padded seat
  • Adjustable top corners for customizing the amount of "snap"
  • Wide sound options
  • Matt finish
Specifications
  • 19-1/2"H x 11-3/4"W x 11-3/4"L
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4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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this is my first cajon an for a starter box, I'm pleased. It has a nice rooted bass sound with good pop in the upper. The snare is great and adds some depth...Read complete review

this is my first cajon an for a starter box, I'm pleased. It has a nice rooted bass sound with good pop in the upper. The snare is great and adds some depth to the sound. This thing is great for small acousic gigs. I was a little bummed that no instuctions came with the box on how to tune the face or set the snare sound... seems like that would be a given. Nonetheless, a good value and some real fun to add to a gig.

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flaws

The front plate was not properly put on. There were many flaws and it wasn't worth the money.

The front plate was not properly put on. There were many flaws and it wasn't worth the money.

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5.0

Excellent Choice for a Cajon

By Andrew

from Cadillac MI

We really love this cajon. It has quality sound and plays really nice. My drummer was able to pick it up quickly and do some rhythms and beats that I wasn't sure you could even do on a cajon. We use it in our church services. I would highly recommend this instrument to anyone.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Authentic Sound & Quality

By Danny Montalvo

from GA

I purchased this for my son for Christmas and upon opening it I quickly realized the true quality of this product. Then when I began playing it, I realized the quality sound it produces. I did extensive research on Cajon's before deciding on this model and I made a good decision. The adjustable feature is a big plus allowing you to achieve the sound you desire. Slapping in different areas produces different tones of sound that allow the user to be creative. The size is perfect for us and the Oak wood is good quality. I recommend this to anyone who is shopping for a Cajon Box.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Cajon

By ERIK HELLER

from Hartford,CT

I recently ordered this cajon via GC website and got it the other day. I was impressed with the quick delivery and customer service. First, but not most important, this Cajon looks awesome! Second, the sale price was great. Third, and most important, this cajon sounds great and feels great! (the bass, the snap and snare). Forth, it is built very well. Note: When the Cajon arrived it did NOT sound good. As a first time player of a cajon i went to youtube to find videos on how to tune in. After about 15 minutes or so i had this thing sounding great.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Cajon!

By Jay Held

from Federal Way Wa

This is a great sounding Cajon for the price. Has good low end as well as high end slap. Put a Shure Beta91A mic in this and you have one incredible sounding cajon for playing live.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievable sound!

By Joel Brothers

from Crandall, Ga.

I bought this mainly to record drum tracks on my sequences. I am not a drummer, and have never played drums before, but I've never been happy with the sound of sequenced drum tracks. The night I bought it, I played with it for around 4 hours, and was able to play outstanding drums with just a little practice. I could've gigged with it the next day. It sounds better than most drum sets I've have heard.I don't think there is a limit to the rhythm sounds you can make. I mostly use brushes, and it has that great Gene Kruppa jazz sound. I now play it when my wife is singing her Big Band stuff. It works on Country, Oldies, Rock, Jazz, Blues, and especially Easy Listening and Acoustic Music. I don't know why every group doesn't have one of these. I couldn't be any happier.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

acoustic concert magic!

By Eli

from Florence AL

I bought this product thinking it would be great for acoustic type gigs. That it was! The first time i played it was at a wedding dinner and it was perfect! afterwards people were all wondering what i was playing and how it worked! Perfect product, I love it, best cajon for the price! buy it!

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(2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

flaws

By e

from California

The front plate was not properly put on. There were many flaws and it wasn't worth the money.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Meinl Cajon = Unreal

By thatonedrummer kid

from Bel Air, MD

this cajon is such a boss! the slap is very defined and the bass is deep. if you tune it just right, you can even add in a little tom sound in between the bass area and the top. very nicely made cajon and the string factor provides a nice sizzle. ive used this on two unplugged gigs now and its so freaking amazing. i get compliments all the time. however this thing needs to be advertised more because everyone said i did a good job playing the "box".

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(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Cajon

By Michael

from Los Angeles, CA

I have used this cajon in many acoustic gigs, and it is great. The strings on the inside provide much more depth to the sound of this drum, its really easy to set your sound, and I always get complimented after shows, with how well it sounded. The bass tone is really defined,and the edge notes are really bright. I do like this cajon, and transportation is easy with the bag.

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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cajon for me

By FingerStyle01

from Colorado

I bought this model for the price. I now realize that the price was a bit low. I enjoy playing this. I have placed a condenser mic in it and I run it to the mix. It blends well. If you go to the web page for the maker, there are playing instructions and videos of people doing some great playing on these Cajons. The sizzle is cool, I tune it from gig to gig just to play with tones and rattles. If you want to buy one that you are going keep buy this one.

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