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Drumsets Masterworks

Define Yourself.

Masterworks drums truly represent all that is possible. There is no inventory or assembly line. Every drum in your kit is designed by and hand-built for you - to your exacting specifications - by Pearl’s elite team of Masterworks Craftsmen. Masterworks drums are as individual as you are: like no other you have heard or seen before.


Completely Custom, Totally Handmade, Pearl Drums

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.

Wood Choices

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.

Wood Characteristics



The perfect blend of tone, attack, and body.
• Ideal for general purpose applications.
• Equal tonal amounts of hi-end attack, mid-range body, and
low-end punch.
• Hand-selected for proper density, grain consistency, and color.
• North American hardwood with rich, even grain.




The 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 Mahogany

African Mahogany

Deep, 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.

Composite Shell

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.

Shell Thickness

With Masterworks you can choose the thickness of your shells to precisely tailor the sound to your exact needs. Thin shell drums offer great resonance and maximum tone that can be most appreciated in near-field applications. Thick shells are extremely "efficient" and provide ultimate volume and projection. These drums are ideal for any application requiring high sound pressure levels with maximum cut. Medium thickness shells offer a very good compromise between volume and resonance and are ideal for general purpose applications. With Masterworks, each drum can be crafted with a different thickness to precisely achieve the sound you want... the choice is yours.
Thin Shell

Thin Shell

(4-ply, 5mm w/ 4-ply
Reinforcement Rings)

Great resonance and sustain
with top-end “spike.”
Maximum tonal note for the
near-field environment.

Medium Shell

Medium Shell

(6-ply, 7.5mm)

Exceptional for generalpurpose
play. Excellent projection with full-bodied

Thick Shell

Thick Shell

(8-ply, 10mm and 10-ply, 12.5mm)

Maximum cut and projection
with subdued sustain.

Snare Shells

Your snare drum is as custom as the rest of your kit

Custom Snares

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 7.5mm4 ply 5mm6 ply 7.5mm8 ply 10mm10 ply 12.5mm20 ply 25mm
10" - Yes Yes - - -
12" - Yes Yes Yes - -
13" - Yes Yes Yes - Yes
14" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
* 1 ply is a solid ply shell

Bearing Edge

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.

45° Bearing

45° Bearing

Pearl's legendary 45 degree bearing edge delivers the perfect blend of attack and warmth.

Round 45° Bearing

Round 45° Bearing

The rounded 45 bearing edge boosts mid to high frequencies as a result of greater head-to-shell contact.

FullRound Bearing;

FullRound Bearing

The fully rounded bearing edge provides maximum head-to-shell contact for a greatest boost in mid to low range frequencies.

Drum Hardware

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

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.

Golden Ratio

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.

Hoop Design

MasterCast Die-Cast Hoop

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

Super Hoop II

SuperHoop II hoops are precision formed from heavy-duty 2.3mm steel, triple-flanged and engraved with the SuperHoop II logo.

Lug Design

BRL Lugs

BRL Lugs

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 Lugs

Bridge Lugs

Bridge style lugs and floor tom brackets provide maximum resonance with minimal shell contact.

Swivel Tube Lugs

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.


Order Form

Small Set

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.

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