Stomp box

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This article is about the percussion instrument. For effects pedals, see Effects unit.
A Peterman Bigstomp stomp box used by Bob Malone
A flame maple stomp box handcrafted by Dalmedo Custom Guitars.

A stomp box or stompbox is a simple percussion instrument consisting of a small wooden box placed under the foot, which is tapped or stamped on rhythmically to produce a sound similar to that of a bass drum. A stomp box allows a performer such as a singer or guitar player to create a simple rhythmic self-accompaniment. Stompboxes are most commonly used in American folk and blues music, but they are also used across the musical spectrum.

In 2010s-era use, a microphone, or more commonly a simple piezo transducer, is usually placed inside the box to allow amplification of the stompbox's deep bass sound through the PA system or bass amplifier. Other stompboxes such as the PorchBoard Bass and the Peterman acoustic use magnetic sensors designed to produce low-end frequencies. There are commercially produced stomp boxes available (see photos), but performers often simply mount a dynamic microphone inside whatever wooden box they have handy. Some homemade stomp boxes include customized features such as a built-in preamp or equalizer.



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