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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[according to whom?] used in American folk and blues music, but they are also used across the musical spectrum.

There are commercially produced stomp boxes available, but performers often[how 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.

In 2010s-era use, a simple piezo transducer (or sometimes a microphone) is located inside the box to allow amplification of the stompbox's 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.


  • John Hartford did not employ a stomp box, but used "a variety of props such as plywood squares and boards with sand and gravel on which to stomp, kick, and scrape to create natural and organic background noises" as well as "amplified plywood for tapping his feet" both in the studio and in live performance.
  • Seasick Steve uses a self-made stomp box he named the Mississippi Drum Machine.
  • Pete Flood
  • Nathan Rogers
  • Xavier Rudd
  • John Lee Hooker did not use a stomp box, instead "stomping on a wooden pallet in time with the music."
  • Jamie Cullum
  • Jeff Lang
  • Harry Manx
  • Ash Grunwald
  • Jon Boden does not use any of the devices described above, rather "a large wooden box containing a microphone and made to sound like a kick drum--an idea he...borrowed from singer-songwriter Rory McLeod."


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