SX SBX II Stomp Box Review 2020
With the popularity of folk and country in the charts rising, we've seen some Indie and other acoustic fringe groups adopting a stomp-box or cajon instead of a full drum-kit as it helps to provide a rhythm section that doesn't overshadow the instruments of the slower genres.
Stomp-boxes have usually been home-made throughout history, and while there are many on the market, some genuine custom-made designs can get quite a few dollars, as can their contemporary substitutes.
The stompbox SX SBX II is a great upgraded model that seeks to provide a low-cost solution and while it does not compete with its premium pals, it does a pretty good job.
Unlike the initial passive SX SBX I, it was freshly upgraded to feature active circuitry. It will involve a 9-volt battery and if you're performing live, it's wise to add a spare to your gig bag.
It has a normal TRS (jack) output of 1⁄4 inch and you'll need a second channel on your guitar amp to play both together unless you run both straight to a mixer and P.A. It has hidden a condenser microphone to pick up and transmit the signal.
Precision is machined in two parts as opposed to four that provides it greater strength and durability because there are fewer joints that can become weak points.
It is intended with an idyllic angle for comfortable foot tapping easily tucks in your arch to the thickness of the wedge point. It can be performed in a situation that is both upright and seated, giving it excellent variety.
You can kick up the soundboard a bit higher when playing sitting and attain a slightly distinct tonal quality.
It doesn't have a non-slip bottom like some of the more costly designs out there so you might discover it will need some felt or rubber added to the underside with some floors (particularly laminate) to prevent it from creeping out of your clutches.
It is essential to remember that, in particular, the sound obtained with a stomp-box depends completely on the capacities of the amp through which you run it. A carpeted location or soft-soled shoes can also hinder it, but the active circuitry means the battery gives the signal a little boost to assist address these problems head-on.
The feature is very simplistic given that this bad-boy is a inexpensive and cheerful choice. You push the microphone to send the noise to the amplifier, and it's like tapping a microphone during a sound check.
The microphone is good quality with industry-standard frequency reaction, but if you need a true beefy bass beat to accompany your play, you may want to tweak your bass and middle equalization to get a more desirable impact.
It is simple to play and adds to a solo acoustic guitar or ukulele performance an instant additional dynamic.
Most players will still tap their foot to maintain a tempo so there's little to master, though if you've got a little more rhythm you can experiment with playing offbeat or doubling up during choruses to emphasize and help differentiate the song structure.
The microphone has excellent sensitivity so you can either tap it gently or push the hell out of it and respond accordingly so you can begin a nice old-fashioned knees-up.
With a selection of 3 distinct wood stains ranging from light, dark, and one with a slightly red tinge, they are beautifully displayed. To finish the understated look, they each have the company logo carved on the back.
SX SBX II Stomp Box Review 2020
• Stompbox with ergonomic angle.
• Compact (6.3 x 3.9x 2.4 inches) size.
• Powerful circuitry.
• Condenser microphone integrated.
• Simple output of the TRS.
• Three stains selection.
+ Option Compact.
+ Circuitry activity.
+ Strong, 2 Piece ergonomically angled design.
+ The retail cost of most stomp-boxes on the market is downgraded.
-Not as punchy as anybody wants.
-Can profit from the bottom of a non-slip.
For whom is it appropriate?
It is perfect for soloists or duos who want to add to their semi-acoustic act percussive self-accompaniment. Especially those with a lower budget as some of the major stomp-box products will cost the SX SBX II request price at least twice as much.
Why We Like It
It is an affordably priced compact option that is not really able to compete with the higher-priced bigger boxes from top-dogs Logarhythm or Ortega still provides a tired set a bit of vibration adding much-needed dynamics.