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collector's series specialty snares


Resident Woodoligist and Drum Designer, John Good, dreamed-up this collectable wood-inlayed work of art as a fitting tribute to the art of drumming. A Collector's Series 11-ply VLT Pure Purpleheart shell is adorned with 531 individual laser-cut exotic and dyed woods that are meticulously inlayed into an Exotic Santos Rosewood background. The Custom Shop designed clock motif is complemented with ultra-custom Antique Bronze hardware including True-Hoops, MAG throw-off system with 5P butt plate and DW's trademark turret lugs.


Collector’s Series® Exotic Monogram™ snare drums are hand-crafted at the DW Custom Shop in California and feature 11-ply North American Hard Rock Maple shells with exclusive HVLT technology and laser-cut, exotic wood vintage shield inlays. Choose from two distinct African Bubinga and Birdseye Maple themes, Natural Gloss Lacquer or hand-rubbed Natural Satin finish, 5 available drum hardware colors and a variety of popular sizes. Each drum is also outfitted with a MAG Throw-Off™, 5P (5 position butt plate), True-Tone® Snare Wires, True-Hoops™ and DW Heads by Remo. Heavy-duty snare bag and John Good-signed certificate of authenticity also included.

Availability: 5x14", 5.5x14", 6x14", 6.5x14" & 7x14"


Concrete drums are perfectly suited for both live and studio applications and provide a decidedly different tonal quality than either wood or metal. The thin, cast 5.5mm shell includes a standard 45 degree cut bearing edge and snare beds. "This drum is a completely different animal. Our goal is to outfit drummers with as many sounds as possible, so this one definitely fits the bill. At first, we were surprised at the dry, focused sound, but, man, does it have volume! It’s a shotgun!" -John Good

Availability: 5.5x14", 6.5x14"


The patented DW EDGE® offers a sound that no other snare drum can equal. A mixture of metal alloy with either a 10-ply or solid maple center, it gives drummers plenty of versatility for a multitude of playing situations. Cork it up for R&B and Hip Hop, or tune it low for Rock or studio recordings. The DW EDGE® is the best of metal and wood in one drum. Metal DW EDGE® rings are available in chrome or gold only, but lugs and other drum hardware can be mixed and matched for a unique, personalized look. The DW EDGE® center can also be finished in any Custom Shop finish. (U.S. Patent #5377576.) (Edge rings available in Chrome & Gold in 13" and 14")

Availability: 5x13", 6x13", 7x13", 5x14", 6x14", 7x14"


For years, drummers have coveted the patented Collector's Series® DW Edge® snare drum for its hybrid sonic qualities.  It consistently delivers the best of metal and wood shell tonal spectrums combined with maximum volume and attack.  Enter the all-new Reverse Edge™.  This John Good-designed beauty is composed of a black shadow-coated cast aluminum center and a choice of Walnut or Maple wood top and bottom rings.  The 14" diameter snares come in 6" and 7" depths and are fitted with MAG Throw-Off™ Systems with 5P (5 position butt-plates), True-Pitch50™ Tuning, True-Tone Snare Wires, True-Hoops, and heads by Remo.  Their sound is decidedly warm and fat, making them the perfect backbeat snares.

Availability: 6x14", 7x14"


A variation of the award-winning DW Edge® snare drum (U.S. Patent #5377576), the DW Top Edge™ is designed to offer a bit more "woodsy" warmth thanks hybrid predecessor. The solid brass top ring is cast and machined in California to exacting specifications, then precisely pressfit onto any available DW Custom Shop wood species—each wood type providing varying tonal characteristics. Grain orientation technology can also be employed to influence sound. Choose from X, VLT, HVLT or other veneer lay-ups to further customize sound, response and resonance.  

Other standard features include 3.0 True-Hoops(tm), True Pitch 50(tm) Tuning, MAG Throw-Off(tm) System with 5P butt plate and DW Heads by Remo. Offered in all DW Custom Shop finishes. (Edge rings available in Chrome & Gold in 13" and 14" diameters) 

Sizes: 5x13", 6x13", 7x13", 5x14", 6x14", 7x14"



The True-Sonic® snare gives a nod to the past and a look to the future with its chrome-over-brass beaded shell and familiar-looking Snare Bridge™. The cast metal Snare Bridge™ is an adjustable, pre-tensioned snare wire system that allows the strands to evenly lift against the surface of the snare head to provide added sensitivity and concert snare-like performance. The True-Sonic® boasts a 1mm rolled brass shell that is outfitted with custom integrated snare beds, MAG throw-off® system, True-Pitch® tuning, True Tone® snare wires, 3.0 steel True Hoops®, and DW Heads™ by Remo. The 5x14" drum comes standard with chrome hardware and is the perfect addition to any snare arsenal.

Availability: 5x14"



Following the launch of the chrome-over-brass True-Sonic snare, DW artists were curious about the idea of a wood version featuring DW’s patented Snare Bridge™. The result of such experimentation has produced two exceptional snare drums. The Pure Maple True-Sonic (DRSO0514SSC-TX) is a 5x14” 11-ply VLT shell with an understated natural Satin Oil finish and chrome hardware. Its cousin, the aptly-named Super-Sonic (DRSO5514SPC-TX), features a 5.5x14” Maple Super Solid™ shell with ½” wall thickness, also in natural Satin Oil with chrome hardware. Both drums offer a dry, ultra- sensitive snare sound and a throaty backbeat.


The Ballad snare is a 10x16" snare drum on legs. It’s an auxiliary snare designed to give drummers low-end punch for slow ballads and heavy backbeat applications. Made using our VLT (Vertical Low Timbre) shell technology and outfitted with a special deep snare bed, it might be one of the most original specialty snares on the market today. It can be custom ordered in any Custom Shop finish and drum hardware color combination.

Availability: 10x16"


DW Custom Shop snare drums can now be ordered in an extra-shallow Pi depth*. At only 3.14" the size option is articulate, sensitive and unexpectedly full-bodied. Standard features include a scaled-down Mini MAG Throw-Off™, patented 3-piece mini turret lug with True-Pitch 50 tuning, True-Hoops™, True-Tone Snare Wires™ and more.

*Not offered in DW Classics, Contemporary Classic, Santa Monica or 6+6 shell configurations.

U.S. Pat No. 11,328,698

+Collector's Wood

Maple, Birch,
Super Solid

+Collector's Metal

Bronze, Brass,
Aluminum, Copper, Steel...

+Collector's Specialty

Exotic Monogram™, DW EDGE®,


Mahogany, Gum
HVX Maple, Steel...

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