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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...Read More

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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, 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.

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

      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 26 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (24)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 3 Stars

         

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      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Great sound (15)
      • Responsive (15)
      • Versatile (13)
      • Sensitive (12)
      • Huge tone (11)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment (12)
      • Small venues (10)
      • Jazz clubs (4)
      • Soundtracks (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6), Novice (4)

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      5.0

      Excellent Product and Pleased with Services Provided

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      from Flagstaff, AZ

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

        After researching many styles and types of Cajons, I found this one to be not only the most beautiful instrument, but also it seemed to be of the highest quality and the best options for my needs. As a student studying music at a university, I have found this instrument to be useful in personal settings as well as small venue performance settings. It has a beautifully sharp snare quality, with an equally beautiful contrasting bass sound that, while not possessing the most resonant lower tones I have experienced on a Cajon, I love. The instrument produces a beautiful tone, and while it can be risky to purchase instruments online that you have not personally tested, I am very pleased with the results.

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        5.0

        Love it!

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        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!

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            5.0

            Not Your Avg Cajon - Great Sounds!

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            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.

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              5.0

              Perfection

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              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.

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                5.0

                Special, Indeed!

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                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.

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                5.0

                Redefines what a cajon should sound like

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                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.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Tones! Beautiful Craftsmanship!

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                  from North Carolina

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                  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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                    5.0

                    Beautiful Craftsmanship!

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                    from St. Joe Beach, FL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

                        This is my first cajon, and I was really having issues in what type to purchase. I love Alex Acuna and have followed him through his career, and knew he would not put his name on anything that he wouldnt play himself! I am soo thrilled with this new instrument. Although nothing can replace the drum kit, this cajon is just as fun to play. I recommend anyone that is having issues in deciding what brand to go with, this is the one. The wood craftmanship alone is a work of art(free bad too), as one said earlier, it would make a great piece in the living room. It is super responsive with deep lows and cool highs. I even found some cool tones on the side to mix in. It does take some practice to find the sweet spot on the corners, but did'nt take long at all. One awesome piece of percussive equipment and a must for any drummer, heck use it as the throne and you have two drum kits! Quick delivery as well.

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                        5.0

                        No Need To Look Further!

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                        from North Carolina

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • None Found

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

                        Excellent tone, great feel and stunning craftsmanship. I tried out many before trying the signature series. My humble opinion? Don't waste your time, energy and gas running around. Click the button and get this baby on the way to your doorstep.

                        If you happen to be one of those people who play "once in a blue moon", the craftsmanship and finish on this baby make it a beautiful "piece of furniture" to have on display, as well as a great conversation starter. Last time...click the button and get it coming!

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                        5.0

                        Wow

                        By 

                        from Florida

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon:

                          Most gigs I play these days are with a cajon because I am usually playing with two guitarists (acoustic)at relatively small venues. We play a very wide variety of music (Marley, Petty, Beatles, U2, White Stripes, Stones, etc.) I won't say the brand of the cajon I've played for the 50+ gigs before this one, because I don't want to imply it was a bad one, it's just that this cajon is soooo much better than my old one and every other cajon I've tried out. It's gorgeous for one thing. Love seeing it sitting on stage under the lights before we go on. It's very responsive, the bass and snare tones are very distinctly different. The bass sound is huge and rich. Takes a little adjustment of muscle memory to get used to really having to stay in the top corners to get the max snare sound, but well worth it. The design allows for a multi-tom fill sound by using your foot to slide down the front. Could not be happier with this cajon. First time my bandmates heard it they were amazed at the difference in sound quality.

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