Meinl Headliner

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Introduction to the Meinl Headliner Cajon

Frequently Asked Questions...

What are the differences in wood used to make instruments?

I am looking to buy a Meinl Headliner Series Cajon and am having troubles deciding which wood to buy. Maybe if no one knows about the Cajon, some of the acoustic guitar guys out there could help me. I am just wondering what the differences, in sound (darker, lighter, crisper, lower, etc.), the different woods will have when playing the instrument.

The three different woods I can get are 1) American White Ash 2) Rubber Wood and 3) MMahogany Here is the URL for the cajon I will be buying:

I am also open to suggestions of other cajons, as long as they fit the same price range as the Meinl Headliner Series.

Best Answer...


Well, I have no idea, even after looking at it, what you do with a Cajon (sorry), but with acoustic guitars you usually see a softer wood top (soundboard) such as spruce or cedar. The backs and sides are typically a harder wood like mahogany or rosewood. Also, the width of the grain the top has an impact on the sound as well. Wider grain tends to give better bass response while a narrower grain will emphasize the highs. That cajon just looks like a wooden box to me though, so I'm not sure I could tell you which wood is better and I'm not familiar with rubber wood. I know a lot of good electric guitars are made of ash and mahogany is definitely a good tone wood (and very nice looking as well). Hope you get some better advice from someone who knows their Cajons!