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Meinl Cajon Guide

Meinl Percussion have been leaders of the recent resurgence of the cajon, a box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru, popular in Peruvian and Cuban music and increasingly in more contemporary styles of music. Meinl Cajons are available in a large variety of traditional designs, as well as in more modern variations, with solid options available for every price range. They are a perfect choice for drum set players looking for a compact alternative for acoustic gigs, traditional flameco and Afro Cuban musicians, or simply anyone looking for an affordable way to experiment with new sounds.

Staff Picks

Not sure exactly where to start? Steve Weiss Music’s team of expert percussionists have picked their three favorite Meinl cajons for the most common uses and price ranges:

  Meinl Headliner Cajon
Budget Choice
Meinl String Cajon
Best Overall
Meinl Pickup Cajon
For Amplified Settings
Overview

The Meinl Headliner Cajon delivers the classic cajon sound at an affordable price and can be used in Flamenco or world music. It is also very useful during unplugged gigs for delivering the rhythmic foundation for a whole band when a full drum set can’t be used. For more sound options, the top corners of the cajon can be adjusted, allowing the player to customize the amount of snap desired.

The Meinl String Cajon, with it’s Makah Burl Front plate, looks great and sounds even better. Meinl Cajons feature a sizzle effect that can be adjusted with a patented, integrated string mute system. The body is made from environmentally friendly siam oak and features a padded sitting surface. This Cajon provides a great psuedo bass drum for acoustic gigs.

This Meinl Pickup Cajon is equipped with the DST pickup microphone and the A1.2 preamp system with volume control from B-Band®. This active system includes a specially designed preamp, high quality endpin output jack and a durable battery. The structure is light in mass adding very little weight to the instrument. The sound reproduction is amazingly pure and clear.

Materials
  • Rubber Wood Frontplate
  • Rubber Wood Resonating Body
  • Makah-Burl Frontplate
  • Rubber Wood Resonating Body
  • American White Ash Frontplate
  • Rubber Wood Resonating Body
Features
  • Adjustable top corners
  • Adjustable sizzle effect
  • Anti-slip sitting surface
  • Includes allen wrench
  • Matte Finish
  • Adjustable top corners
  • Adjustable sizzle effect
  • Padded sitting surface
  • Includes allen wrench
  • Matte Finish
  • Wide sound options
  • Integrated string mute system (US patent)
  • Adjustable top corners
  • Internal, adjustable snare wires
  • Padded sitting surface
  • Includes 9-volt battery
  • Matte Finish
  • Wide sound options
  • Pickup microphone
  • Active pre-amp system with volume control from Shadow®
Expert Opinion

“The best choice for beginners and those on a budget. This cajon offers a similar quality sound and adjustability to Meinl’s high-end cajons, but at a more affordable price.”
– Dan Sullivan

“This cajon has a solid and professional look, feel, and sound. I could comfortably use this in the studio and on stage.”
– Jeff Willet

“Having a built-in pickup lets you adjust volume on the cajon and avoids the need for mic setup, which makes this cajon the best choice for simplified gigging.”
– Jim O’Connor

Price $109.99 $169.99 $329.99
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