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Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon 

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Designed and trusted by the master Alex Acu±a himself, this Special Edition Cajon is in a class of its own. Constructed in Acu±a™s homeland, Peru, th...Click To Read More About This Product

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Designed with Alex Acuna himself and constructed in his homeland, this is an authentically Peruvian cajon.

Designed and trusted by the master Alex Acu±a himself, this Special Edition Cajon is in a class of its own. Constructed in Acu±a™s homeland, Peru, this cajon is made with Peruvian Mohena and features intricate artisan designs. It features rubber feet and an adjustable faceplate. Additionally, the internal snares can be carefully adjusted. Perfect the tension of the snares for the ideal amount of sizzle and buzz and see why this is Acu±a™s favorite cajon for flamenco music. Alex Acu±a Alex Acu±a played in local bands in his hometown of Pativilca, Peru from a very young age. As a teenager, he migrated to Lima where he joined the Perez Prado band at age 18. As his musical skills advanced, he moved to Puerto Rico in 1967. Steeped by now in traditional Peruvian rhythms and sounds, Acu±a moved to Las Vegas in 1974. He brought with him a wealth of Latin American sounds and his prized expertise led him to perform with stars such as Elvis Presley and Diana Ross. From there he joined the jazz-fusion group Weather Report and produced several successful albums. Eventually, Acu±a became a session performer and was chosen to work with many huge recording artists. Alex Acu±a played with Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Beck, U2, Paul McCartney, Roberta Flack, and many many others.Developed by one of the most skilled percussionists and cajon players, there is no doubt that the Gon Bops Alex Acu±a Signature Special Edition Cajon will live up to every expectation.

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

One of the most beautiful cajons we've seen, with the pro sound demanded by Alex.

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Gon BopsAlex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon
 
4.9

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (19)
  • Responsive (19)
  • Versatile (17)
  • Sensitive (16)
  • Huge tone (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (16)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Jazz clubs (7)
  • Soundtracks (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (8), Novice (4)

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Cajon money can buy.

By Derik Madrid

from Northern California

Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

Summery: This Cajon made my old Cajon look and sound like a toy.

Derik P. Madrid - Owner/Producer 21st Century Entertainment and Drummer of 35years.
I did a ton of research on every single Cajon made around the world that I could find. I had the opportunity to buy any Cajon I wanted. So, I communicated with people in Germany, England, USA, Australia looking for the single best Cajon money could buy. Everyone I talked to mentioned Alex Acuna and this Cajon!...Because of it's newly engineered design that hasn't been done previously. The difference in this Cajon is that, not only is it absolutely beautifully crafted and stunning to look at, it absolutely sounds phenomenal. The bass tone is very very warm and full and big, the crack of the snare is very precise and completely separated from the bass tones and extremely easy to control. This drum will make you a better Cajon player just by the wide range of great tones you get.
Several things that aren't in the description, the newly engineered design makes it easier on your back to play, where the snare sound is on top, the top actually curves in slightly helping your position and completely seperating, the snare sound when you hit the bass tones. Also the block pattern of the box isn't inlays, they are actually all individual separate blocks that create theactual Cajon it is a masterpiece of a Cajon.
You cannot buy a better Cajon at any price. The extreme added bonus is the case that comes with it.

This Cajon is the equivelent to a Martin Guitar, if you don't have a case for your Martin you have no right having the guitar in the first place. Same with this Cajon.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Cajon

By Ian-Wx4_S

from Edmonton, Canada

Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

I just exchanged the other Alex Acuna model cajon for this one. It's a little pricier, but has a nicer sound and is much more consistent than the first one I bought (which is also an excellent cajon, especially if you don't want the snare). Beatifully made with nice booming bass and good pop. Of the few cajons I've tried, this one is the best; in fact I can't imagine anything better unless you are looking for a different sound altogether.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Cajon

By Limapop

from Lyons, Colorado

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Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

Buy one, nothing near the price competes in sound, quality, or beauty.
A great sounding Cajon, I tired everyone I could at 4 stores... all the big names and some semi-custom ones as well. This Gom Bops had the best overall tone, deep bass, and usable snare tones. Some others were snappier but would not blend with acoustic music as smoothly. The bass is deep and resonant.
Cajons in general are not the best built musical instruments, but this one has decent fit and finish. The butcher block is tight and beautiful.
At this price it's impossible to beat, The best one I tried in comparison was almost twice the price and the Gon Bop had it beat in everything except not having an adjustable snare.

(5 of 5 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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Quality & A Real Head Turner

    By Meadloaf

    from Deltaville, Virginia

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    Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

    I played a cajon that was lent to me for a few months to get a feel for it. It had snares the entire height of the box, instead of across the top corners like the Acuna. The resonance was no match for the Acuna, and the price difference was about $50. I still want to hear the Pearl cajon with the two sets of jingles.
    I had ordered the Pearl cajon with the two sets of jingles, but it was back ordered. I cancelled the Pearl and bought the Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition. Glad I did. Snappy snares on both sides and deep resonant bass. Played my first job with it last night with a trumpet lead at Urbanna Oyster House in Virginia. Had to spank it pretty hard. No one in the room had seen anything like it. Huge charisma just sitting on the stage by itself. When I got it home I wanted to sleep with it. Expect to fall in love the first time you take her out.
    So far, excellent. The finish is like glass. I wipe it down to remove body oils.
    The construction is butcher block, not inlay. Very strong. Top Drawer.
    Unbelievable. Someone asked me what I paid for it and I didn't want to tell him.
    The MSRP+ is what it looks and plays like.
    So I just told him he would't believe it and let him wonder.
    But I told him where I got it. He'll get a nice surprise.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Beautiful w/ variety of character sounds

    By Novice of all things

    from Canada

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    Pros

    • Eye Catching
    • Great Sound
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Need To Hit It Just Right

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

      What a great surprise when I opened the shipping box - looks better than on screen.

      Don't expect this to sound like a drum-kit-in-a-box, like what I think Schlagwerk is going for. The snare sound is not as prominent as the Schlagwerk 2inOne or Meinl snare cajons I have heard.

      Played it for weeks without any adjustment to the faceplate screws. Decided to untorque the top 2 middle screws by a quarter-turn once, then twice, testing each time. Loosening these gave me a little more pop and conga-ish tones when playing on the top edge (as expected), but the strings come through more lively now, too, which I like.

      I can't make it sound like Alex, but I can get still a great variety of sounds, given that the wires are only in the corners. I personally don't care for the lower tones having the snare sound mixed in all the time, which is the main reason I chose this cajon. But you can easily get a bass tone with some snare in it, if you like. The faceplate is very responsive, playing quietly or when going for volume - it takes it all without any rattle or distortion.

      I do not find it as easy to play cajon, finding it real easy to sound bad. I have an easier time striking my djembe or the congas. So no instant gratification here ;)

      I must admit, this instrument sounds a little different to me when I sit on top and play, as compared to mic'ing it or standing out front to listen. I'll just have to get used to that.

      The unit feels terrifically solid, and the top panel has not bent under my weight...yet. The feet are just the right height, to allow you to tip the cajon without rubbing it into the floor.

      Overall, honestly, where are you going to get an all-solid, exotic tone-wood instrument like this, that sounds better for the price? Other cajons "feature" forms of plywood comprising the shell and cost more. Sorry, not good enough. Go with Alex Acuna & Gon Bops!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best cajon I have ever played

      By BrianAneurysm

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Great Craftsmanship
      • Great Sound
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

          This is my third cajon--I also own a LP Aspire that I picked up cheap as a lark a few years ago, and a Meinl Ebony Frontplate with pedal release (which was my main cajon until I got this one), and neither holds a candle to the tonal qualities and aesthetic looks of the Acuna cajon. It's solidly built, with great bass tone down low and tight, responsive snare attack in the upper corners. I also find that I don't have to play as hard as I'm used to with the Meinl ebony--the Gon Bops box seems to project much easier and more responsively, but that could be my imagination (or my technique improving). The only downside is the lack of a snare on/off adjustment, but honestly I don't miss it much, and I've found that over time the adjuster on the Meinl lost sensitivity anyway and I was having to constantly adjust the snares manually for them to retain their snap. It would be great if this could double as a bajo cajon, but it's a great piece of equipment despite that.

          If I'm playing out with a PA, I usually mic the hole with an Audix D6 and the front with a SM57 or a condenser mic, and once they're dialed in it sounds fantastic--just enough room tone and upper response from the front mic and all the bottom end thump you could want from the back.

          It's also GORGEOUS to look at. The photos on the web don't really do it justice--the butcher block inlay really pops, and the whole instrument shines but doesn't seem to hold onto fingerprints. The included gig bag is a great bonus too--it's not top of the line, but it fits and has adequate padding; I'm not sure why more cajon manufacturers don't jump on this bandwagon and include a bag of some kind, particularly since the size variations are so great.

          Overall, a great value at this price point!

          (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!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Redefines what a cajon should sound like

              By CircleCitySteel

              from Indianapolis

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              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.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A very nice cajon

                By chris

                from Crescent City, Ca

                About Me Novice

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                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Sensitive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment

                  Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

                  I bought this so I could make my own simple rhythms when I record on Garageband. I put a Shure dynamic mike on a small towel inside the cajon and adjust the volume and whammo - I am a percussionist! The deep bass is awesome and the snare has a clear snap. The unit is striking in it's appearance and finish. The gig bag/case is an added plus. Love it. Now I need to practice.

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