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Once exclusively for artists, these drums now can be yours. Introducing Music City Custom. The artist experience for every drummer.

Features

Introducing Music City Custom

For over 40 years, Pearl’s exclusive USA Artist Custom shop has been collaborating with some of the most illustrious names in drumming to handcraft personal touring kits; featured on the largest live show stages across the world. Our new Music City Custom Series now allows you to experience the same level of service and pride, by owning an exclusive kit precision CNC drilled and fully assembled here at our custom shop facility within Pearl’s USA corporate headquarters in Nashville, TN.

Music City Custom Starts With Reference

Pearl is known to produce some of the finest drum shells available today, and our top of the line Masterworks and Reference shells are truly without equal. Our exclusive SST shell forming process is often copied, but never duplicated. Music City Custom drums features pristine shells of the finest wood plies, manufactured in Pearl’s renowned overseas Masterworks facility, and available in your choice of either Reference (RF), Reference Pure (RFP), or Masters Maple Reserve (MRV) shell specifications.

Exciting New Finishes and DieCast Hoops

Choose from 35 beautiful covered finishes, and either RF, RFP, MRV shell specifications to experience what our top endorsees have enjoyed for years. Music City Custom RFP Series has 1.6mm FatTone Hoops offering increased strength and articulation. The Music City Custom RF Series MasterCast Hoop system prevents binding and allows the shell to resonate to its absolute fullest potential.

Lifetime Warranty

Get It When You Need It

Our goal is to complete each Music City Custom kit within 14 business days from the date we receive your order through one of our many authorized dealers. No one in the industry does this. Quick custom manufacturing, together with Pearl’s exclusive lifetime warranty, massive size and color choice selections, and industry-leading craftsmanship all combine to set a new standard.

Handcrafted Excellence

From hand-covering each and every shell, to precision CNC drilling, hand assembly and on to a final painstaking inspection process of every detail of each kit’s manufacture, Music City Custom provides everyone the true artist experience and a drum set like no other.

Shell Composition

Music City Custom Reference Shell Composition

Shell Chart

Reference Series shell recipe uses a combination of task specific bearing edges and 3 time proven woods: Birch, Maple, and African Mahogany. Using Maple as a sole material has long been the traditional choice for shells and for good reason. Maple provides smooth, well balanced tone that is perfect for a 12" tom. Subsequently, all Reference Series 12" toms are composed of 6 plies of Maple. The only single wood shell in the series. Our 10" and 8" toms receive 4 plies of Maple with 2 inner plies of Birch for cut and attack. And for maximum response, all 13" and smaller toms have a rounded 45° bearing edge.

Beginning with our 13" tom and larger, Mahogany is added to the inner plies to increase the lower frequencies and accentuate the warmth of the Maple. The 14" toms and larger begin using our fully rounded bearing edge for even more shell contact. Our 18" and 20" bass drums use 4 inner plies of Mahogany with 2 outer plies of Maple. As the size of the bass drums increase, so does the amount of Mahogany. Our 22" and 24" bass drums incorporate an amazing 6 inner plies of Mahogany surrounded by 2 outer plies of Maple for the ultimate in solid responsive bass frequencies.

Maple

Maple

Maple is a fine grain wood with a smooth even texture. This highly respected wood offers a very wide dynamic range with extremely well balanced acoustic properties. Rich lustrous lows, with an even balance of mid tones and high frequencies, have made this the all around accepted premium shell material for years in the acoustic drum industry. This mix of creamy warm resonant mid to high frequencies, balanced with the propensity for powerful bass response, makes it the logical choice for our 12” toms, which also happens to be the only single wood shell in the series.

Birch

Birch

A straight grained wood with a fine, even texture, Birch is known for its strength and resilience. It provides a lively interior springboard for sound waves, which in turn creates a noticeable increase in the higher frequencies. This makes it the perfect interior for smaller tom-toms. Birch’s tightly bound network of cells also promotes a perfect balance of mid-range frequencies, with a smooth transition from the lower register to middle register. The 8” and 10” toms incorporate 2 inner plies of Birch for cutting attack and high frequency presence.

African Mahogany

African Mahogany

African Mahogany is a relatively “soft” hardwood that offers a dramatic boost in lower frequencies. This bass boost effect is most likely due to its loosely packed cellulose network, which creates a natural resonator effect in the lower frequencies. This predisposition for powerful lows makes it the logical choice for the interior of 13” and larger toms. All Reference Series bass drums utilize 4 to 6 inner plies of Mahogany to produce a noticeably present bass response, as well as a naturally smooth sonic transition into the mid-range frequencies.

Bearing Edge

45° Bearing

45° Bearing

The 45 degree bearing edge on Reference snare shells brings all 20 plies into play by promoting a tightly focused shell contact area for extreme sensitivity and maximum volume. The six inner plies of Birch provide a resilient crack, which is balanced and warmed by the 14 outer plies of Maple. The ultimate balance of power, projection and resonance, Reference Snare Drums are unlike anything you have ever experienced.

Round 45° Bearing

Round 45° Bearing

The rounded 45 degree bearing edge featured on our 8” through 13” Toms offer cutting attack and projection, all balanced with a solid punch. This edge promotes a finely balanced interaction between the individual wood plies that allow the smaller toms to sing with amazing clarity, without premature delay. The journey of the energy from the head to the shell is given a much more direct path with the rounded edge.

FullRound Bearing;

FullRound Bearing

The fully rounded bearing edge provides the ultimate solid punch and resonance by raising the overall contact area of the head to the shell. This allows maximum kinetic energy transfer from the head to the shell, resulting in maximum shell resonance. This is the logic for using the fully rounded edge on 14” through 18” toms, for absolutely thunderous tom fills. Our 18” to 24” bass drums utilize also utilize this edge for a deep solid punch, creating sound pressure levels that are felt just as much as they are heard.

Optimized Wood Thickness

Thickness Chart

Lower frequencies require greater energy to equal the projection of the higher frequencies, requiring the larger diameter drums to be thicker than the smaller drums. Reference drumsets feature two very different shell thicknesses: 6 plies on rack toms and 8 plies on bass drums and floor toms, for incredibly balanced sound. The Reference Snare Drum has an alarmingly thick 20-ply shell, giving it incredible projection and cut, perfect for higher volume musical settings.




SST

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 Composition

Music City Custom Reference Pure Shell Composition

Shell Chart

The Reference Pure Series shell recipe uses a combination of task specific bearing edges and 3 time proven woods: Birch, Maple, and African Mahogany. Using Maple as a sole material has long been the traditional choice for shells and for good reason. Maple provides smooth, well balanced tone that is perfect for a 12" tom. Subsequently, all Reference Series 12" toms are composed of 6 thin plies of Maple. The only single wood shell in the series. Our 10" and 8" toms receive 4 thin plies of Maple with 2 inner thin plies of Birch for cut and attack. And for maximum response, all 13" and smaller toms have a rounded 45° bearing edge.

Beginning with our 13" tom and larger, Mahogany is added to the inner plies to increase the lower frequencies and accentuate the warmth of the Maple. The 14" toms and larger begin using our fully rounded bearing edge for even more shell contact. Our 18" and 20" bass drums use 4 inner thin plies of Mahogany with 2 outer thin plies of Maple. As the size of the bass drums increase, so does the amount of Mahogany. Our 22" and 24" bass drums incorporate an amazing 6 inner thin plies of Mahogany surrounded by 2 outer thin plies of Maple for the ultimate in solid responsive bass frequencies.

Maple

Maple

Maple is a fine grain wood with a smooth even texture. This highly respected wood offers a very wide dynamic range with extremely well balanced acoustic properties. Rich lustrous lows, with an even balance of mid tones and high frequencies have made this the all around accepted premium shell material for years in the acoustic drum industry. This mix of creamy warm resonant mid to high frequencies, balanced with the propensity for powerful bass response, makes it the logical choice for our 12" toms, which also happens to be the only single wood shell in the series.

Birch

Birch

A straight grained wood with a fine, even texture, Birch is known for its strength and resilience. It provides a lively interior springboard for sound waves, which in turn creates a noticeable increase in the higher frequencies. This makes it the perfect interior for smaller tom-toms. Birch’s tightly bound network of cells also promotes a perfect balance of mid-range frequencies, with a smooth transition from the lower register to middle register. The 8" and 10" toms incorporate 2 inner thin plies of Birch for cutting attack and high frequency presence.

Mahogany

African Mahogany

African Mahogany is a relatively "soft" hardwood that offers a dramatic boost in lower frequencies. This bass boost effect is most likely due to its loosely packed cellulose network, which creates a natural resonator effect in the lower frequencies. This predisposition for powerful lows makes it the logical choice for the interior of 13" and larger toms. All Reference Series bass drums utilize 4 to 6 inner thin plies of Mahogany to produce a noticeably present bass response, as well as a naturally smooth sonic transition into the mid-range frequencies.

Bearing Edge

45° Bearing

45° Bearing

The 45° bearing edge on Reference snare shells brings all 6 thin plies into play by promoting a tightly focused shell contact area for extreme sensitivity and maximum volume. The six inner thin plies of Birch provide a resilient crack, which is balanced and warmed by the 14 outer thin plies of Maple. The ultimate balance of power, projection and resonance, Reference Snare Drums are unlike anything you have ever experienced.

Round 45° Bearing

Round 45° Bearing

The rounded 45° bearing edge featured on our 8" through 13" Toms offer cutting attack and projection, all balanced with a solid punch. This edge promotes a finely balanced interaction between the individual wood plies that allow the smaller toms to sing with amazing clarity, without premature delay. The journey of the energy from the head to the shell is given a much more direct path with the rounded edge.

FullRound Bearing;

FullRound Bearing

The fully rounded bearing edge provides the ultimate solid punch and resonance by raising the overall contact area of the head to the shell. This allows maximum kinetic energy transfer from the head to the shell, resulting in maximum shell resonance. This is the logic for using the fully rounded edge on 14" through 18" toms, for absolutely thunderous tom fills. Our 18" to 24" bass drums utilize also utilize this edge for a deep solid punch, creating sound pressure levels that are felt just as much as they are heard.

Optimized Wood Thickness

Thickness Chart

Lower frequencies require greater energy to equal the projection of the higher frequencies, requiring the larger diameter drums to be thicker than the smaller drums. Reference drumsets feature two very different shell thicknesses: 6 thin plies on rack toms and 8 thin plies on bass drums and floor toms, for incredibly balanced sound. The Reference Snare Drum has an alarmingly thick 20-ply shell, giving it incredible projection and cut, perfect for higher volume musical settings.


SST

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 Composition

Featuring 4-ply Maple reinforcement rings, Masters Maple Reserve is a natural choice for the most discerning musical pallet. This classic integration increases shell stability and tonal control, delivering rich, sustained lows and lively sonic punch. The MRV Series uses Premium North American Maple veneers from our exclusive Masterworks supply vault, the thin, 4-ply shell configuration (with reinforcement rings).


SST

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.

Finishes

 



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Components

Music City RF/RFP Model Numbers

Snare Drums

DimensionsModel Number
13x6.5 ***1365S/C
14x5 ***1450S/C
14x6.5 ***1465S/C

Bass Drums w/o BB3 Mount = BX/C suffix

DimensionsModel Number
18x14 ***1814BX/C
18x16 ***1816BX/C
20x14 ***2014BX/C
20x16 ***2016BX/C
20x18 ***2018BX/C
22x16 ***2216BX/C
22x18 ***2218BX/C
22x20 ***2220BX/C
24x14 ***2414BX/C
24x16 ***2416BX/C
24x18 ***2418BX/C
26x14 ***2614BX/C
26x16 ***2616BX/C
26x18 ***2618BX/C

Floor Toms

DimensionsModel Number
14x12* ***1412F/C
14x14 ***1414F/C
16x14* ***1614F/C
16x16 ***1616F/C
18x16 ***1816F/C

Toms w/ OptiMount

DimensionsModel Number
8x7 ***0807T/C
8x8 ***0808T/C
10x7 ***1007T/C
10x8 ***1008T/C
10x9 ***1009T/C
10x10 ***1010T/C
12x8 ***1208T/C
12x9 ***1209T/C
12x10* ***1210/C
13x9 ***1309T/C
13x10 ***1310T/C
13x11* ***1311T/C
14x12 ***1412T/C
15x13* ***1513T/C
15x14* ***1514T/C
16x13 ***1613T/C
16x14 ***1614T/C

Gong Drum with two BT3 mounts

DimensionsModel Number
20x14 ***2014G/C

***Use RF prefix for Reference shell spec
***Use RFP prefix for Reference Pure shell spec

All Bass Drums are available with BB3 Mount by using BB/C suffix (***2216BB/C)