Since 1999, Pearl’s hand-crafted Masterworks drums have given the professional drummer the tools to make a totally custom statement with new heights of perfection. The philosophy is simple: let the drummer call the shots on the construction, sound, look, and feel of the kit. Truly custom options - from shell composition and thickness, to hardware selection and finish, even bearing edges and a virtually endless pallet of custom finishes. All selected by and built for you by the most elite craftsmen in the drum world. For the ultimate personal and performance statement, Masterworks puts you in control.
Completely Custom, Totally Handmade, Pearl Drums
Custom Drums. There seems to be quite a few companies making them these days. Most buy shells from the same manufacturer, mount hardware they bought from some place else, and apply a custom paint job. The end result, after a lot of hype, is a custom drum set...or is it?
Masterworks hopes to change the way drummers view a custom set of drums. At Pearl, the word custom holds quite a bit more reverence. It means we made it, not assembled it. It means everything about the kit is made by hand, one piece at a time, by a Pearl master craftsman. From hand selecting the finest woods and painstakingly forming the shell, to die casting and plating the hardware that mounts to it, drums bearing the Masterworks badge are one of a kind ultimate acoustic instruments, hand made to your specifications, with the expertise and quality no other company can match.
With Masterworks, it's about choices. The choices begin with the selection of the shell material that precisely suits your playing style. Maple is an excellent choice for general purpose applications due to its smooth, warm, well rounded tone, with equal amounts of hi-end attack and mid-range body and an excellent low-end punch. Birch is known for its "naturally EQ'ed sound" that offers slightly boosted hi-end frequencies, a smooth, mellow mid-range and a deep low-end presence and is a great choice for any applications that require extra presence and cut. African Mahogany is the ideal choice when maximum warmth and low frequencies are a priority.
MapleThe perfect blend of tone, attack, and body.
• Ideal for general purpose applications.
• Equal tonal amounts of hi-end attack, mid-range body, and
• Hand-selected for proper density, grain consistency, and color.
• North American hardwood with rich, even grain.
BirchThe precision choice for high-volume cut and power.
• Best suited for live, high-volume environments.
• Offers boosted hi-end cut with mellow midrange.
• Natural EQ delivers articulate stroke with shorter, even decay.
• North American “white” wood with marbled, subdued grain.
African MahoganyDeep, powerful punch with dark, elegant tone.
• Boosted bottom-end perfect for controlled rooms/studios.
• Speaks with rich warmth from low-end register.
• Beautifully smooth midrange sustain with hi-end roll-off.
• Porous African wood with rich, dark texture and grain.
The Ultimate Hybrid.
• Custom configure a kit down to the wood plies used for shells.
• Sonically blend the characteristics of different wood types.
• Maple/Birch ideal for outer plies, inner Mahogany plies boost bass.
• Plies must be specified in groups of 2 for cross-lamination panels
(i.e. 2 outer Maple + 2 inner Mahogany = 4 ply shell, etc.)
Pearl’s Superior Shell Technology utilizes a proprietary technique for achieving the ultimate air chamber. It begins with select woods chosen for their unique acoustic attributes, milled to precise thickness with overlapping scarf joint seams, for a perfect air-tight fit. The wood plies are saturated with Pearl’s proprietary “AcoustiGlue” that permeates every pore and dries to the exact consistency of the wood for optimum resonance. Finally, the plies are formed in high-temperature molds with 1000 PSI of hydraulic pressure to produce perfect drum shells that exhibit superior tone, optimal resonance and extreme strength.
(4-ply, 5mm w/ 4-ply
Great resonance and sustain
with top-end “spike.”
Maximum tonal note for the
Exceptional for generalpurpose
play. Excellent projection with full-bodied
(8-ply, 10mm and 10-ply, 12.5mm)
Maximum cut and projection
with subdued sustain.
Your snare drum is as custom as the rest of your kit
Pearl's Masterworks wood snare drums can be ordered with 1 - 20 ply shells with any number of wood combinations and bearing edges making it them of the most versatile wood snare drums available.
|Diameter||*1 ply 7.5mm||4 ply 5mm||6 ply 7.5mm||8 ply 10mm||10 ply 12.5mm||20 ply 25mm|
Other than the shell material, nothing influences your drum's overall response and tonal spectrum more than the bearing edge. That's why Masterworks gives you three bearing edges from which to choose from.
Pearl's legendary 45 degree bearing edge delivers the perfect blend of attack and warmth.
Round 45° Bearing
The rounded 45 bearing edge boosts mid to high frequencies as a result of greater head-to-shell contact.
The fully rounded bearing edge provides maximum head-to-shell contact for a greatest boost in mid to low range frequencies.
The Perfect Compliment to a Great Set of Drums
The same tireless pursuit of perfection that goes into our legendary drums is found in our drum hardware. With Masterworks, you get to choose which hoops (Die-Cast, Fat Tone, or SuperHoop II), lugs (STL Swivel Tube, TB Tube, BRL Bridge or Bridge-Style), and mounting brackets (I.S.S.-SuperHoop II only, Aluminum OptiMount, or Optimount) go on your custom drums. Finally, your drum hardware can be plated with Chrome, Black Chrome or Gold to make your drums truly unique.
Hardware Color Options
All Masterworks Series drums are available in your choice of Chrome, Gold, or Black Chrome plated drum hardware finishes to make your kit as unique as you are.
Golden Ratio For Air Vents
The Golden Ratio, also known as the Golden Section, Golden Mean, Golden Rectangle, and the Divine Proportion, has fascinated mathematicians since the time of the Pharaohs. It is a mathematical constant (1.61803) that is found repeatedly in nature and has been used by artisans for generations to create art and structure with pleasing proportions.
Stradivarius applied the Golden Ratio to define the location of the "f-holes" and proportions of his masterwork violins. The exterior dimensions of the Parthenon are said to form a perfect Golden Rectangle. The proportions found in Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" follow the Golden Ratio. Intrigued by this, our engineers asked if the Golden Ratio was applicable to drums and more specifically to the location of the air vents. For every drum depth there is an upper and lower Golden Ratio location, and testing revealed that the upper location noticably improves attack, which is perfect for snare drums, while the lower position improves low frequency response, ideal for toms and bass drums. Pearl's revolutionary new Golden Ratio air vents are so unique they're patent pending.
Experience the sound of Golden Ratio air vents, centuries in the making, exclusively on Masterworks Series drums.
MasterCast Die-Cast Hoop
MasterCast are the finest die cast hoops available and feature the perfect blend of thickness and mass to improve the depth, clarity, and focus of toms and snare drums.
Super Hoop II
SuperHoop II hoops are precision formed from heavy-duty 2.3mm steel, triple-flanged and engraved with the SuperHoop II logo.
Pearl’s revolutionary BRL lugs assure the ultimate in head seating and tuning integrity. The unique swivel function allows the tension rods to align perfectly into the lugs so there’s no lateral pressure against the hoops, thus assuring maximum resonance and sustain.
Bridge style lugs and floor tom brackets provide maximum resonance with minimal shell contact.
STL Swivel Tube Lugs
Pearl’s revolutionary swivel tube lugs assure perfect rod to lug alignment for optimal seating and precision tuning.
You Can Do Anything
Masterworks drums are very different than what other drum companies claim to be “custom” drums. There are no pre-fabricated shells on a shelf waiting to be painted with a “custom” paint job. Masterworks gives you every option, from shell composition, shell thickness, bearing edge, drum hardware, and of course, an infinite amount of finish possibilities. You will find Fades, Sunbursts, Grain-Thru Mists, Opaque Colors, Marbelized Finishes, Satin Oil Burnishes and our Exotic Artisan Exterior Ply Finishes to help you choose a color and style that's right for you.
If you have a certain color or fabric that you want your drums to match, send us the fabric or color swatch and we will match it, giving your drums a truly one-of-a-kind construction inside and out. Masterworks: A Drummer’s Dream Come True.
The drumset of your dreams is waiting to be built.
Use this order form to design each of your components, then bring in the order form to an authorized Pearl dealer to begin your Masterworks experience.Download Order Form