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Since 1999, Pearl’s hand-crafted Masterworks drums have given professional drummers the tools to make a totally custom statement with new heights of perfection. The philosophy is 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 palette 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.

DEFINE YOURSELF.

Masterworks drums truly represent all that is possible. There is no inventory or assembly line. Every drum in your kit is designed by you and hand-built for you - to your exact specifications - by Pearl’s elite team of Masterworks Craftsmen. Masterworks drums are as individual as you are.
Completely Custom, Totally Handmade, Pearl Drums

WOOD CHOICES

With Masterworks, it’s about choices. The choices begin with the selection of the shell material that precisely suits your playing style. Maple is an excellent choice for general purpose applications due to its smooth, warm, well rounded tone, with equal amounts of hi-end attack and mid-range body and an excellent low-end punch. Birch is known for its “naturally EQ’ed sound” that offers slightly boosted hi-end frequencies, a smooth, mellow mid-range and a deep low-end presence and is a great choice for any applications that require extra presence and cut. African Mahogany is the ideal choice when maximum warmth and low frequencies are a priority.

Maple

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.
• Hand-selected for proper density, grain consistency, and colour.
• North American hardwood with rich, even grain.

Birch

The precision choice for high-volume cut and power.
• Best suited for live, high-volume environments.
• Offers boosted hi-end cut with mellow midrange.
• Natural EQ delivers articulate stroke with shorter, even decay.
• North American “white” wood with marbled, subdued grain.

African Mahogany

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

The Ultimate Hybrid

Custom configure a kit down to the wood plies used for shells.
• Sonically blend the characteristics of different wood types.
• Maple/Birch ideal for outer plies, inner Mahogany plies boost bass.
• Plies must be specified in groups of 2 for cross-lamination panels (i.e. 2 outer Maple + 2 inner Mahogany = 4 ply shell, etc.)

Carbon Ply

If you desire something more futuristic, we offer the cutting edge of drums with Carbon Fibre.
• This ultra exotic hybrid features 6 plies of 5.4mm Maple sandwiched between an inner and outer ply of Carbon Fibre.
• These drums produce a sound that goes beyond description and must be experienced.

BEARING EDGE

Other than the shell material, nothing influences your drum’s overall response and tonal spectrum more than the bearing edge. That’s why Masterworks gives you three bearing edges from which to choose.

45 Degrees

Pearl’s legendary 45 degree bearing edge delivers the perfect blend of attack and warmth.

Rounded 45

The rounded 45 bearing edge boosts mid to high frequencies as a result of greater head-to-shell contact.

Fully Rounded

The fully rounded bearing edge provides maximum head-to-shell contact for the greatest boost in mid to low range frequencies.

SHELL THICKNESS

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

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 noticeably 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.

OPTIMOUNT SUSPENSION SYSTEM

Aluminum OptiMount Suspension System mounts to the tension rods and are insulated from metal to metal contact.

Our OptiMount Suspension System attaches to the tom’s tension rods and floats on rubber cushions, providing the ultimate in stability while allowing the drum to resonate fully without restriction. With OptiMount, the mounting hardware is completely removed from the drum shell, providing a drastic improvement in resonance and sustain.

DRUM HARDWARE

The Perfect Complement 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, Aluminium 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.

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.

Fattone Hoop

FatTone hoops are low mass 1.6mm hoops with hemmed and welded edges for strength and rigidity.

Super Hoop II

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

STL Swivel Tube Lugs

(Reference Pure) (STL) Pearl’s revolutionary swivel tube lugs allow for increased resonance, minimal shell contact, and precisely aligned, no-bind tuning.

BRL Lugs

(Reference) (BRL) 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

Masters Premium) (CL) Bridge style lugs and floor tom brackets provide maximum resonance with minimal shell contact.

FINISHES

You Can Do Anything

Masterworks drums are very different to 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 Colours, Marbleized Finishes, Wraps, Sparkles, Satin Oil Burnishes and our Exotic Artisan Exterior Ply Finishes to help you choose a colour and style that’s right for you.

If you have a certain colour or fabric that you want your drums to match, send us the fabric or colour 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.

ARTISAN FINISHES

Masterworks Artisan Finishes are truly the ultimate expression of quality. These exotic wood outer plies are formed with the shell offering stunning one of a kind looks to set your kit apart from all others. Three rare woods are available including Bubinga, Tamo and Eucalyptus.

Bubinga is a native African wood and is only available with a natural high gloss lacquer finish due to the depth and darkness of the wood. Tamo offers endless finishing options because it’s light natural colour, with exotic grain pattern, provides the perfect canvas. Most grain-thru finishing techniques, including solids, fades and sunburst colours, can be applied to Tamo allowing the natural beauty of the grain to create a remarkable visual statement. Eucalyptus is available as either a clear, high gloss natural finish, or with a beautiful dark red stains applied before finishing, for the timeless look of supreme elegance. When choosing an Artisan finish please be aware that the Artisan outer ply is 2 plies thick. For example, a 4 ply Artisan shell would be made of 2 outer Artisan plies, plus two inner plies of your choice.

ORDER FORM GUIDE

The Pearl Masterworks Series is the only truly custom designed drum set on offer in the market today.

Designed by the player for the player…

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 philosophy is 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 palette of custom finishes. All selected 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.

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, and of course, an infinite amount of finish possibilities. You will find Fades, Sunbursts, Grain-Thru Mists, Opaque Colours, Marbleized Finishes, Satin Oil Burnishes and Pearl’s Exotic Artisan Exterior Ply Finishes to help you choose a colour and style that’s right for you.If you have a certain colour or fabric that you want your drums to match, send us the fabric or colour swatch and Pearl will match it, giving your drums a truly one-of-a-kind construction inside and out.

Masterworks: A Drummer’s Dream Come True.

No two players play the same way so why should your instrument look and sound the same?

Design the drum set for your needs and yours alone. There is no better way to create the kit of your dreams than with the Masterworks.

The Masterworks programme is divided into 4 different price points. Please see overleaf to determine what price point your kit will be.

MASTERWORKS COLOUR GUIDE

Standard (MW) Finish

• Standard outer ply - Maple, Birch, Mahogany, Carbon & Maple.
• Regular lacquer and wrap finishes which are in the current Pearl colour offering from all drum set lines. This
also includes discontinued lacquer finishes. (If the finish is a wrap finish then this is subject to availability).
• Standard wrap or lacquer from the current Pearl range with a 3-digit colour code.

Custom (MWC) Finish

• Standard outer ply - Maple, Birch, Mahogany, Carbon & Maple.
• This Price Point Tier is for custom colours that are not on offer from Pearl. This includes Fades, Bursts,
Custom Lacquer colours, Custom colour Matte finishes.
• Custom colour selected by customer.

Artisan (MWA) Finish

• Artisan outer ply which includes -Tamo, Bubinga, Burl Mahogany, Eucalyptus.
• Choose from the list of Premium Natural Exotic Exterior Ply Finishes available to create a one-of-a-kind,
eye-catching drum set.
• Standard lacquer finish from the current Pearl range with a 3-digit colour code.

Artisan Custom (MWAC) Finish

• Artisan outer ply which includes -Tamo, Bubinga, Burl Mahogany, Eucalyptus.
• Choose from the list of Premium Natural Exotic Exterior Ply Finishes available to create a one-of-a-kind, eye-catching drum set with a Custom Lacquer finish to top it off.
• Custom colour selected by customer.

Note: Price point changes as per finish options. Hardware type and colour, shell, bearing edge and hoop options do not change the price point.
Note: Minimum 6 month delivery time from date of order. All orders are non cancelable once confirmed. SEE MASTERWORKS ORDER FORM FOR ALL OPTIONS.