With a heritage that stretches back to 1954, Gon Bops is one of the world’s oldest and most respected manufacturers of Afro-Cuban instruments. The company was founded in California by Mariano Bobadilla, an inventor who was responsible for innovative designs that have since become percussion-industry standards, such as the teardrop crown with rounded counter hoop and the pre-mounted replacement conga head.
The Gon Bops company has witnessed a long and colourful history, one where it was the undisputed leader in Latin instruments for over 30 years, before all-but disappearing from the mainstream percussion market in the early 80s, only to rise again under the new ownership and direction of the Drum Workshop company in 2001. Today, Gon Bops is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SABIAN, the world-renowned and equally innovative Canadian cymbal manufacturer.
Gon Bops manufactures an extensive line of percussion products and accessories, including Congas, Bongos, Timbales, Cajons and Bells. In the same way that SABIAN’s award-winning cymbals are created by the most highly skilled artisans, Gon Bops’ products are manufactured by craftsmen who have been making the highest quality drums by hand for decades. The Gon Bops range of congas and bongos extends from the entry-level Fiesta Series through to the top-of-the-range California Series, including the artist-inspired Alex Acuna Signature Series. The legendary percussionist also lends his name to the beautiful works of art that are his Signature Cajons, hand-crafted by Gon Bops in Alex’s homeland of Peru.
Alongside the craftsmanship employed in creating their vintage-inspired Mariano Series, Gon Bops is also justly proud of its many modern and innovative, cutting-edge products such as the Rawhide Shekere, Ultralight Claves and Talking Shakers.