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  • What type of strings are fitted inside a cajon

    Posted by Andy on September 17, 2023 at 9:45 am

    Hi Community, I’ve managed to break a string on my Meinl flamenco Cajon – I left the mic inside it when travelling back from a gig – won’t do that again! I’m struggling to find a specific cajon string to buy online so i’m assuming they might by guitar strings. The broken string runs top to bottom then back to the top. My question: Is there a recommended gauge, or should I look for a cajon string, but I can’t find a UK so will need to get it imported I think … Thanks in advance

    Andy replied 4 months, 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Christine

    Member
    September 20, 2023 at 6:25 pm

    Hello Andy,

    I recently have tried to fix an older Meinl cajon that actually came from the manufacturer with guitar strings in it (the label on the back says “guitar string cajon”). So, it is possible to fix yours with a guitar string, but it will definitely change the sound. You might not want one side of your drum sounding different from the other side. I have never seen replacement cajon wires for sale, but of course they might be out there. I would suggest contacting Meinl directly for a replacement part or working with your local music store. If you decide to use a guitar string, just take a good look at the thickness of the wire in your drum and how closely it lays against the front plate and try to match that. The situation I am in with the one I’m fixing is no matter how tight or loose I “tune” the strings, there is an awful “twang” from the strings. Doesn’t matter if I tape the strings to the front plate or stick bits of fabric between the front plate and the wires, I still get that yucky twang along with the normal cajon sounds. I think the front plate might warped so the strings are not laying properly against it.

    Anyway, good luck fixing yours!

    ~ Christine

  • Christine

    Member
    September 20, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    Not sure I answered your original question, “What type of strings?”. The strings can vary from model to model, but are made specifically for the cajon. Meinl’s website generally refers to the strings in stringed cajons (as opposed to snare cajons) as micro-coiled metal or micro-coiled steel strings. To the best of my knowledge, they are proprietary.

    Hope that helps,

    Christine

  • Andy

    Member
    October 3, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    HI Christine, thanks so much for the replies, I have tried contacting Meinl but no response as yet… I will try an work out the diameter of the existing strings and try and find guitar strings that come as close to these as I can find – and thanks for the advice, I will change both strings to be the same!

  • Andy

    Member
    October 3, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks to Christine for thedirection, but I finally found my way to a parts list on the Meinl site… For anyone else (or mainly me, again, in the future!) , Here is the parts catalog as-in 2023…

    https://meinlpercussion.com/content/percussion/service/downloads/MEINL_Percussion_SPARE_PARTS.pdf

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