Gretsch Keith Carlock Snare Drum, Brass 14″ x 5.5″


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Gretsch Keith Carlock Snare Drum, Signature Brass Shell, 14″ x 5.5″

The world has been waiting for a Gretsch Keith Carlock Snare Drum, so here it is! Keith’s signature Snare Drum is a Gretsch USA series drum, built to his specifications with a brass shell in the dimensions of 14″ x 5.5″. But Keith didn’t want any old brass shell, no sir…and because Keith has a particular love of antiqued brass, the guys at Gretsch worked on a unique ageing compound to create its stunning vintage patina.

The shell itself is 2mm thick and is capable of delivering the warm, punchy tones Keith favours. In addition, Keith specified the drum be fitted with a standard ‘Permatone’ batter head and a 20 strand snare-wire instead of a 42. Bearing edges are set at 45 degrees, complimented by 4mm thick die-cast hoops. Gretsch’s ergonomic ‘Lightning’ throw-off ensures snare-wire adjustment is smooth and to top it off, every drum comes with an interior label signed by Keith himself.

So what does a Keith Carlock Snare Drum sound like?

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The ‘ring’ on the shell is sheer quality. Nowt cheap about that brassy overtone! Brass shells sometimes come with some very overpowering overtones often needing extra dampening, but Keith’s drum is surprisingly controlled in that department. In fact, it’s a very musical overtone comparing it to other brass shells we’ve heard over the years.

As you should know, Keith Carlock is a much in-demand player, noted for his work with Steely Dan, Sting, Toto, James Taylor, John Mayer, Chris Botti, Wayne Krantz, Tal Wilkenfeld and so many others seeking his unique and tasteful groove. We’ve seen him both with The Dan and in clinic and we can wholeheartedly state, it was a breath of fresh air not to hear a double-bass lick all night! Unfortunately, somebody commented after the Steely Dan show we were at, that there was “not enough double-pedal” during his solo in ‘Aja’…Ah well, you can’t please ’em all.


This snare is shipped from the Gretsch Warehouse with a delivery time of 2 weeks *