Here's what Gon Bops say about the Alex Acuna Series Bongos
Crafted from select North American Ash and finished in stunning ebony lacquer. Tight-profile California top ring means they are easier on the knees when played traditionally, and smart, traditionally-designed welded bottom ring eliminates cup washers for extended tuning range.
The History of Gon Bops
In 1954 in his father’s garage in downtown Los Angeles Mariano Bobadilla first created Gon Bops. A play on his nickname ‘Bob’ and slang from the time ‘Gone’, Gon Bops took traditional Cuban drum shapes and introduced ground breaking innovation.
Everything from rounded hardware to protect the player’s hands to tunable congas and bongos came from the mind of Bobadilla. It’s these now everyday innovations that have made Gon Bops a favourite with percussion players around the world.
As major competitors began moving production off shore, Bobadilla refused to compromise on build quality and kept Gon Bops manufacturing in the US. As a result they met with financial difficulties and closed their doors in the 80’s.
In 2001, DW bought Gon Bops seeing the brand for what it was - a melting pot of quality, innovation and tradition. And the finally in 2010, Sabian president Andy Zildjian bought the company. Gon Bops still produce instruments favoured by players like Alex Acuna, Poncho Sanchez and Jose Hernandez.
Here’s what Sabian president Andy Zildjian has to say about Gon Bops.
“We’re excited to begin this new chapter in SABIAN and Gon Bops history”, notes Andy Zildjian. “Gon Bops instruments are a perfect blend of vintage craftsmanship and innovative thinking. Since its founding in 1954, the company has pioneered several features and improvements that have forever changed Latin instruments. The pursuit of the best sound is what our craftsmen work for every day. We know the fit is perfect, above all, because sound matters.”
- Model: AA0785SE
- Finish: Ebony Lacquer
- Shell: North American Ash
- Sizes: 7 & 8.5
- Head: Black Remo Skyndeep