Masterworks Custom Drums

Completely custom. Totally handmade.

The dream destination for the Pro drummer that wants true control. Every element of the drum 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.


The Truth about custom drums

Since 1999, Pearl’s handmade Masterworks drum kits 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 drum kit. Truly custom options, unlike many other "custom drums" companies. Choose every detail of your in the Masterworks drum configurator, 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.


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.


Explosive projection and increased volume.


Deep, powerful punch with dark, elegant tone.

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.

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

Pearl Masterworks custom drums 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 general purpose play.
Excellent projection, full-bodied wood tone.

Thick Shell

(8-ply, 10mm and 10-ply, 12.5mm)

Maximum cut and projection with subdued sustain.

Extra Thick Shell

Regular (12mm) & Thin (9mm)

10 Ply. Maximum cut and projection with subdued sustian. High in volume, high in pitch.

Custom Snare Drum

Your handmade snare drum is as custom as the rest of your kit

Pearl's Masterworks custom 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.

Order your Masterworks custom snare drum at one of our Official Pearl Drums Dealers.

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.

Standard 45°


Provides the perfect blend of attach and warmth.

Rounded 45°


Pulls brighther overtones from darker shells and increases punch.

Fully Rounded


Edge apex focused to the inner shell plies for controlled tonal response.

Inner 45°


Greater head-to-shell contact boosts mid to high frequencies.

Outer 60°


Boosts mid-to-low range response and reduces decay.

Sonic-Select Shell Recipes

The full spectrum of Masterworks choice in sharp focus

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.


Urban Recipe

A Crisp Kit for Pop, R&B, and Gospel. 

This totally new type of drum kit from Pearl is optimized for the club to the modern sanctuary, with a powerful full-range response and plenty of tonal options

Studio Recipe

For Every Recording Artist

Its thin maple and gumwood shells with rounded outer edges speak with old-school authority. With both jazz- and rock-sized bass drums and six toms, the Masterworks Studio is for every type of drummer that steps into your recording space.

Stadium Recipe

The Ultimate Stadium Rock Kit

For arena rock, nothing tops the classic maple drum kit. The sharp crack. The warm, singing sustain. The dry, musical decay.

Modern Dry Recipe

Articulate Drums for the Modern Player

The magic is in a set of razor-thin, 4-ply maple/gum shells with 4-ply mahogany re-rings, reverse 45° bearing edges, and low-mass hardware. Quick and articulate response that is alive and satisfying to play. 

Heritage Recipe

For the Drummer That Wants It All

Are you the type of drummer that gigs on the weekend and does studio sessions throughout the week?  Then the Pearl Masterworks Heritage shell pack is what you need. This is the kit you'll show off for life.

Studio Recipe

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.

Bearing Edge

Outer 60° – Helps the thinner shell speak with brightness and power without sounding harsh.

CL Bridge Lug

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


MasterCast Hoops – Gives each drum added weight for tonal body, and increases volume in each stroke, particularly in rim-shot hits and high-velocity play.

Heritage Recipe

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.

Bearing Edge

Standard 45° – Pearl’s traditional edge draws added projection and resonance in this darker-toned shell.

STL Swivel Lugs

With less direct shell contact than any other Pearl lug, this little wonder features a pivoting brass tension casing that guarantees even tuning and reduced resistance to shell vibration. STL-100 / 200


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.

Urban Recipe

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.  

Bearing Edge

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.

Swivel Tube Lug

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.

Stadium recipe

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.


Full-bodied attack across the midrange with focused low-end thunder.  Combined shell and hardware weight create powerful, centered sonic presence.


10 ply Bass Drums and Floor Toms, 8 ply Maple Toms and Snare Drums. A thick shell for maximum power and drive.

Bearing Edge

Outer 60° – Increases brightness and power and reduces unwanted overtone.

BRL Swivel Lugs

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.

Modern Dry

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.

Bearing Edge

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.

STL Swivel Tube Lugs

The pivoting brass tension casing in the two-point STL lug assures accurate tuning, decreased shell weight, and increased low-end power


MasterCast Hoops – added weight for increased volume and controlled sustain on each drum.

Drum Hardware

The same tireless pursuit of perfection that goes into our legendary drums is found in our custom drum hardware. With our Masterworks custom drum kit builder, you get to choose:

  • Hoops (Die-Cast, Fat Tone, or SuperHoop II),
  • Lugs (STL Swivel Tube, TB Tube, BRL Bridge or Bridge-Style)
  • Mounting brackets (I.S.S.-SuperHoop II only, Aluminum OptiMount, or Optimount)
  • Hardware colour (Chrome, Nickel, Black Nickel, Black Chrome or Gold)

Make your kit as unique as you are!

Chrome, Nickel, Black Nickel, Black Chrome or Gold lugs
Chrome, Nickel, Black Nickel, Black Chrome or Gold lugs

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

Super Hoop II

SuperHoop II hoops are precision formed from heavy-duty 2.3mm steel, triple-flanged and engraved with the SuperHoop II logo. (left)

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. (mid)

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. (right)

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.

CL100 Lugs

Bridge style lugs and floor tom brackets provide maximum resonance with minimal shell contact.

STL 150 lugs

Pearl’s revolutionary swivel tube lugs assure perfect rod to lug alignment for optimal seating and precision tuning.

STL 100 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 virtual drum kit builder 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.

Masterworks Custom Drums configurator

Make your own drum kit

Choose every detail of your custom drums from ply thickness to the finish, because no one knows what you need better than you do. Or rely on our expertise and choose one of the recipes we built to offer you something truly unique and fine-tuned to your performance applications.

Just try it out and see how easy it is to make the custom drum kit you've always dreamed of!


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