Custom Craftsmanship For The Master Percussionist.
The dream destination for the Pro drummer that wants true control. Every element of the kit’s sound, look, and feel is player-selected from a limitless palette of custom options. Hand-crafted to heirloom perfection for the ultimate custom drum statement.
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 Masterworks Philosophy - It’s 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.
For a totally personal sonic signature, of perfection. Masterworks has more options for shell composition than any other custom drum builder; making each drum a truly unique work of art.
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.
Masterworks allows you to further tailor your drum tone by selecting the thickness of each shell.
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|
* 1 ply is a solid ply shell
Nothing influences a drum’s overall response more than the bearing edge. That’s why Masterworks gives you three bearing edges from which to choose, and with our new hybrid option, allowing you to mix edge types on batter and resonant side of the same drum.
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.
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.
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.
Drawing from two years of research and artist testing, Pearl presents Sonic-Select Shell Recipes: five distinct, extensively tested drum formulas each fine-tuned for their given performance application.
By filtering the nearly-endless array of custom options in the Masterworks spectrum down to specific shell, edge, and hardware fusions, each Recipe creates a truly unique sonic signature; clearly defining the Masterworks custom drum experience for the discerning professional.
An exceptional general-purpose sonic statement, Studio’s hardware/shell combination gives it extended tonal body in the higher register for focused projection in the current recording environment.
A hard/soft layered wood combination in a thin 6-ply shell, crafted to fully capture every nuance of the drummer’s performance with tonal clarity.
Speaks with pure midrange projection and unique bottom-end. Its articulate, clean tonality commands a vintage flavor with modern flair. Higher tunings also make it exceptional for the intricacies of Jazz, Orchestral, and other technically subtle performance.
Even 6 ply, 4 ply Maple Outside and 2 ply Gumwood inside – A thin combination of a hard exterior with milder tonewood, Studio’s shell is designed to vibrate freely for explosive mid-to-low range warmth.
Outer 60° – Helps the thinner shell speak with brightness and power without sounding harsh.
A Pearl staple, the CL bridge lug gives the drum a classic look and contacts the shell in separate points for the right amount of vibration control.
CL-100 / 250
Recalls a classic age in drum-making by
balancing the power of Maple with the
warmth of Mahogany for enhanced lows
and fat top-end slap.
Produces thunderous sub-bass frequencies with exceptional sustain and subtle projection.
4 Ply, 2 Ply Maple outside and 2 Ply Mahogany inside with 4-ply Maple Reinforcement Rings – Responds like the rumble of a classic roadster; a classic combination of midrange projection and boosted low-end thunder.
Standard 45° – Pearl’s traditional edge draws added projection and resonance in this darker-toned shell.
FatTone Hoops – Lighter in weight but never lacking in rigidity. Respond similarly to the original “stick-chopper” of the vintage era with added tuning stability. Excellent for drawing extended sustain.
This totally unique thin-shell combination of Birch, Gumwood, and Maple sculpts a vibrant, powerful voice for the metropolitan drummer.
Speaks with an urgent sonic signature, from arenas to
clubs to the modern sanctuary.
Even 6 ply; 2 Birch / 2 Gumwood / 2 Birch with 4-ply Maple Reinforcement Rings (8 ply Snare Drums; 2 Birch / 4 Gumwood / 2 Birch). Perfectly captures each stroke with articulate high-volume punch and quick, even decay.
Rounded 45° on Toms (Fully Rounded Edge on bass drums, standard 45° on snare drums). Helps boost low-end frequency with increased shell contact along the head collar. Bass drums feature subdued sustain and maximized low-end power.
This medium-weight STL swivel lug with pivoting tension casing increases projection and reduces unwanted overtones in shell resonance.
STL-150 / 300
2.3mm Superhoop II Hoops – Made to withstand heavy play without an undue limit on the performance across the tuning range.
Brings the classic elements of Pearl’s genre-defining CZX shell into the modern playing field, focusing on volume and power for the touring stage.
Outer 60° – Increases brightness and power and reduces unwanted overtone.
Pearl’s revolutionary swivel lugs assure the ultimate in head seating and tuning integrity.
2.3mm Superhoop II Hoops on Toms, MasterCast on Snares – Made to withstand heavy playing without limiting the performance across the tuning range.
Represents new ground in Master works; focusing on quick, top heavy articulation with controlled low end for today’s multifaceted beat creator.
Each drum produces a fat, centered tone that blends well in play. The shell’s unique Maple/Gumwood /Mahogany combo adds control and restraint.
2 ply Maple outside and 2 ply Gumwood inside with 4 ply Mahogany Reinforcement Rings. A thin shell with softer ring and tonewood that adds focus in the bottom end.
Inner 45° – An unconventional edge that contacts the head beyond the shoulder. Focuses the apex to the inner shell plies and increasing control in low tunings.