Over the centuries, many percussion instruments have spawned from the result of people getting creative with extremely limited resources. Among these simple yet versatile instruments is the cajon drum. With origins dating back to the 18th century, the cajon drum is a six sided instrument that can be played with both your hands and feet at the same time. Capable of producing a diverse range of rhythms and tones, it's generally considered to be the most widely used Afro-Peruvian percussion instrument. Today, the cajon drum can be heard everywhere from Irish folk festivals to popular musical genres like fusion, jazz, funk and even rock.
In its humble beginnings, the cajon drum was typically a DIY instrument. However, many of the world's most well-known percussion brands now offer their own high quality cajon drums. Recognizable names like Meinl, Pearl, LP and countless others put a great deal of effort and time into the construction of their cajon drums, and throughout this section you'll find more than enough excellent options to choose from.
One of the most highly-rated cajon drums in our extensive catalog is the Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition. Alex Acuna is one of the greatest Latin drummers of all time, and this amazing cajon drum has been designed specifically for his needs. Beautifully handcrafted in Peru, this drum produces a huge tone, contains artisan inlays, and even comes with a free carrying bag. Another superb option is the LP Angled Surface cajon. With its enhanced response and balanced sound, the angle of this drum has been constructed specifically for the improvement of your playing comfort, allowing you to easily reach down and play bass tones without tilting the drum itself.
Everyone is capable of being creative... the key is simply finding your niche. When it comes to playing music, there's a seemingly endless array of instruments to take up, and this sentiment especially applies to percussion. If you're a percussionist who has never played the cajon drum before, it's definitely recommended that you add this remarkable instrument to your repertoire.