Masters Maple Gum

The Sound That Has Withstood the Test of Time

Delivering arguably the greatest drum tones ever recorded, the historically proven sound of the Maple Gum shell combination is renowned worldwide for its explosive midrange warmth and extended low end power.

Starting in 2019, Pearl makes this coveted sound available for a professional drummer with Masters Maple Gum drum series. Available in two preselected shell packs and four hand-lacquered and wrapped finishes. Each kit features a vault-cured EvenPly-Six layered premium North American Maple and Gum wood shell with 60-degree edges, Mastercast Die-Cast hoops, and Pearl’s CL bridge lugs.

☆ Best Acoustic Drum Product of 2019 (Music & Sound Award)

The New Vintage Jazz Sound

Pearl Masters Maple Gum series is inspired by the early days, when the maple gum hybrid shells were popular and defined the music of that era. The sound of this series has a vibe, which we are sure vintage drum set lovers will appreciate. People always say "they don't make them like that anymore". Well, those days are over. We do now.

Perfect live and in the studio!


EvenPly-6, 4-ply Maple outer with 2-ply Gumwood inside – Enhancing Maple’s naturally resonant warmth, the Gum interior of this thin, powerful shell increases volume and adds control for pristine, articulate tone.

Bearing Edge

Outer 60° – Featuring a shallow back cut to increase punch, this tried-and-true edge transfers natural control from the head to the shell.


MasterCast Hoops – To increase total drum weight on this thin-shelled recipe, MasterCast Hoops increase volume and attack.

CL Bridge Lugs

CL Bridge Lugs - Pearl began the low-contact lug phenomenon with this original Bridge-type design, for reduced surface-to-shell contact 16"x16" and boosted sustain. CL100 / 250

"We’ve spent the last year sound-testing these drums to assure that the right combination of shell woods, hoops, and lugs was in the mix for an elite playing experience; and we couldn’t be prouder of the results!"

Pearl R&D Director Raymond Massey

SHELLEvenPly Six (6-ply, 5.4mm) North American Maple/Gum
FINISH#186 Hand Rubbed Natural Maple, #421 Black Diamond Pearl, #422 Matte White Marine, #453 Platinum Gold Oyster
HEADSRemo Coated Ambassador, Powerstroke3 Bass
TOM MOUNTSOptiMount Aluminum Suspension System
HOOPSMastercast Die-Cast
LUGSCL Bridge Lugs 
SNAREMatching 14x5.5 or 14x6.5 Snare Drums
BD MUFFLERBass Drum Muffler (Mini)

Colour Selector

Available finishes

#186 Hand Rubbed Natural Maple

#422 Matte White Marine

#453 Platinum Gold Oyster

#421 Black Diamond Pearl





Dealer Network

Whether you want to try out this kit before buying or if you are already ready to order; Visit one of our Official Pearl Drums Dealers and they will help you with all the questions you might have.

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