BEST Cajon for Gigs? Meinl Artisan Pickup Cajon – Play-test & Review

Hey what’s up cajon players! I hope you’re doing well. 

Today I will test and review the Meinl Artisan PickUp Cajon. I’ve been playing this cajon for the last 2 months in gigs and concerts and I thought it would be nice to share my experience with you.

So without further ado, let’s check the specifications:

  • This cajon is the Artisan Solea Line that comes with two sets of 5 pre-tuned strings that span across the inside of the playing surface.
  • Rounded corners and thumb notches for optimal playing comfort and sound
  • Ergonomically rounded front plate with convex contact
  • It comes with the Piezo pickup with volume and tone control.

Watch the video review to hear how it sounds.


Let’s start with the natural sound of the cajon:

This model is the Artisan Solea line that is very similar to the Tango line that I reviewed here on the channel and use in a lot of tutorials. It is a very sensitive instrument with a well controlled bass and snare sounds. I think it was clever to choose this model to add a pickup. Talking about the pickup…

I like the pick up sound with the tone option in level 8 or 9. I think it gives that extra “brightness” that sounds great in live situations

After a while playing I have to say that it helps a lot in gig situations. I’m using only the pickup in small gigs without any mic. However in concerts with big stages I would suggest using a mic in the back hole to give that extra bass. This will be good combination.

The front plate black with a bit of green sparkle looks very cool.

I have to say that I really like the cajon and it’s been my cajon for all gigs this summer. The price I think is correct, seeing all the features and the pickup system.

It costs 350euros in Europe and 350$ in the US

Links to buy:

Amazon Worldwide

Sweetwater US 

Now I want to hear from you, Leave your comment below with your opinions about this cajon.

Thank you so much for reading the review and watching the video

I’ll see you next time with another cajon topic.

Take care

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