Gon Bops introduced the El Maestro cajon at Winter NAMM 2017, which the company designed with world-renowned master percussionist Walfredo De Los Reyes Sr. The new instrument is designed to integrate seamlessly into today’s popular hybrid drum set/percussion setups. Acclaimed as the originator of the hybrid setup, Walfredo’s goal for the El Maestro was to make it easier for drummers to play cajon while using hi-hats, foot bells or other instruments requiring pedals. To achieve this, he used a unique triangular shape to allow the player to sit in normal drum-throne playing position without having to straddle awkwardly.

The El Maestro uses three playing sides: two side panels with strong, beefy bass tones, and a front panel with a bright bass tone at the center and cutting accent-slap sounds at the top. The double side panel design side is intended to accommodate both left and right-handed players, a very convenient feature.

The drum features a two-tone finish with lush, opal-black side panels and a walnut-stain front panel for an elegant, sophisticated appearance. A custom gig bag completes the package.

For more information, go to www.gonbops.com/products-category/el-maestro.