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.

New for 2016

  • Choice of Fiberglass inner-ply in Masterworks shells
  • Nickel Drum Hardware is now available
  • New Masterworks snare sizes: 15x5, 15x5.5, 15x6.5

You've Arrived. It's Time To Tell The World

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.

Wood Choices

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.

Shell Material Options


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.
• North American hardwood with rich, even grain.


The precision choice for high-volume cut and power.
• Premium “white” wood with marbled, subdued grain.
• Boosted hi-end and mellow midrange excellent for stage and studio.
• “Built-in EQ” delivers articulate stroke with shorter, even decay

African Mahogany

Deep, powerful punch with dark, elegant tone.
• Boosted bottom-end perfect for controlled rooms/studios.
• Rich low-end warmth with beautifully smooth midrange sustain and hi-end roll-off.
• Porous African wood with rich, dark texture and grain.

Composite Shell

The Ultimate Hybrid.
• Combine wood types to sonically blend the characteristics of each material
• Each cross-laminated two-ply panel is hand-selected for proper density, grain consistency, and color.
• Maple/Birch ideal for outer plies for ease of finishing, while inner Mahogany plies boost bass.


Futuristic Carbon combines into a robust spectrum of frequencies.
• A 6-ply African Mahogany shell
• Full of rich low frequencies
• Outer layers of a unique Carbon Fiber
• Intense volume and incredible attack.

Superior Shell Technology

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 Options

Masterworks allows you to further tailor your drum tone by selecting the thickness of each 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

(6-ply, 7.5mm)

Exceptional for generalpurpose play.
Excellent projection with full-bodied

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

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 Options

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.

45 Degrees

Provides the perfect blend of attack and warmth.

Rounded 45

Boosts mid to high frequencies as a result of greater head-to-shell contact.

Fully Round

Provides maximum head-to-shell contact for the 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 Colour Options

All Masterworks Series drums are available in your choice of Chrome, Nickel, 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.

Hoop Design

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.

Fat Tone Hoop
1.6mm Fat Tone Hoops that combine low-mass for incredible resonance with our exclusive hemmed and welded edge that adds amazing strength and rigidity at the point of contact for tremendous rim shots and cross sticking.

Lug Design

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 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.

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