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Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate

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The Meinl Bass Pedal Cajon features a pedal attached to the cajon that adjusts the amount of sizzle provided by the snare wires as you play, or lets you turn off the wires completely. Due a size that's larger than standard Meinl cajons, the instrument delivers more projection and bass frequencies.The cajon is an authentic Afro-Cuban wooden box perc...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The Meinl Bass Pedal Cajon features a pedal attached to the cajon that adjusts the amount of sizzle provided by the snare wires as you play, or lets you turn off the wires completely. Due a size that's larger than standard Meinl cajons, the instrument delivers more projection and bass frequencies.

The cajon is an authentic Afro-Cuban wooden box percussion instrument. Meinl cajons are completely handmade from start to finish. Drummers and percussionists appreciate the cajon for its diversity of sound. It is also perfect for unplugged gigs or quieter music.

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

After just a little practice, you'll be creating basic beats and grooves. It can be used by drummers as a substitute for their throne, playing it with one hand plays the ride or 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, cajon drums are played by sitting on the 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. The bass cajon has a padded top for enhanced playing comfort.

A nice effect can be achieved by sliding your foot up and down the frontplate when playing the cajon, 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 century. 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. 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 a traditional Peruvian band performed, including a cajon player. 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 percussionist Ruben Danta to play the "Buleria", a flamenco rhythm, on the cajon. Pleased with the result, 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.


  • Foot pedal
  • Ebony frontplate
  • Siam oak resonating body
  • Adjustable top corners
  • Internal adjustable snare wires
  • Padded sitting surface
  • Wide sound options
  • Matte finish
  • 19-3/8"H x 11-1/2"L x 11-3/4"D
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Cajon Review

By Jewls

from Alabama

Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

My husband saw a cajon first at a Poison concert and Rikki Rocket was playing one in his solo. Of course, he had to have one then! Getting the cajon for him was a lot of fun. Getting the cajon with the foot pedal rather than the knob that tightens and loosens the front panel was the best idea!!! It allows my husband to play and change tones without stopping (unlike the knob!) GREAT DRUM!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Give me more sizzle

By Douglas Pickard

from mansfield Texas

Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

My wife bought this cajon for my birthday. She knows I like the low bass sounds. I play a fender jazz bass.This box has it! I play at local coffee houses(open mic)and set the box up with 2 shure mics(one in front and one at rear)Repeat, the bass is strong!The snare is weak.The snare is a flat wire brush hooked to the foot pedal. the snare is mounted on the inside left top of the cajon.I loosen the top left front plate screws to get more snap. The box has snap put weak sizzle.It would be nice if Meini to add more wire across top right of this cajon. The construction is fair/good. found several miss nails that miss their mark in the inside main vertical support beam.The outside looks great! The pedal is hard to use when playing.. you have to use your left hand to cut off/on the sizzle. The cajon is made in Thailand using rubber wood ply shell and front plate ebony.This box is light weight(A good thing)If you want strong bass and weak sizzle this cajon is for you.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


one year later

By douglas pickard

from mansfield texas

Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

well, one year later and I'm still playing my bass cajon.I have a different mic setup and works great. I use a Shure pg 52 kick drum/bass mic at the rear opening and the lows are great and the highs are good.The face plate(hitting surface) is pushed in about 1/16" were I hit it.I guess that is normal.the foam seat came off and I replaced it with a thicker pad that I made.People come up to me and ask'what is this box thing'that thing is a cajon and give them the history of the Cajon.I got a bag to protect the Cajon and now doing some touring with my band.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great sound and solid performer

By Michael Sepello

from Norwich, NY

Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

I host an Open Mic Night at the local pub and bought this to be available for anyone to use. Everyone loves it! People always want to know about it. They're just amazed. It has been played every week at my place for practice with my acoustic project or at Open Mic night. It shows no signs of wear except for subtle dimples in the face from the occassional wedding ring. Put a microphone on this and let it shine! I normally use an SM57 or an Audio Technica Pro 25. Putting the mic directly on the sound hole is normally way too boomy, so I mic it off to the side of the hole and off axis. Give the player room to rock back on the cajon as everyone does it. I tried a bunch of different cajons in the GC store. This one seemed to have the tightest and best sound. Some of them were just buzzy with loose sounding snares. The unique design of the snares in this cajon really make a difference. Of course it is more expensive, but I think the value for perfomance is very high. Some of my friends played their first acoustic performance outside of Open Mic last night at a Country Club and they borrowed my cajon for the show. This cajon was a solid performer and sounded amazing. Highly recommended.

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