Legendary drummer Steve Gadd has worked with us for over 40 years - and over the last couple of decades, Steve Gadd has been part of our research and development team pushing the benchmark in drum quality higher and higher. In 2016, Steve Gadd and the team revamped our legendary Recording Custom drum kit and the Recording Custom metal snares.
To celebrate our partnership, we've worked together to release a signature snare drum – a 14” x 5.5” steel shell – with a new Steve Gadd 10-strand wire, which enhances the snare articulation.
Limited to 800 pieces worldwide (and only 280 pieces in Europe), this snare drum’s 1.2 mm steel shell exterior and aluminum diecast hoops are set in a distinctive black nickel, Steve's colour of choice. Additional features include a Steve Gadd signature badge that accompanies the shell, a black tuning key and a special certification card.
“I have been playing Yamaha drums for over 40 years. It’s been a pleasure working together and I hope our relationship continues to grow,” said Gadd. “This is the latest signature model we have created. I hope you like it.”
Gadd is one of the most acclaimed and accomplished drummers of his generation. He has recorded with an array of distinguished artists, including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Al Jarreau, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Nancy Wilson, Bob James, Stanley Clarke, Al DiMeola and George Benson. His historic recordings in the 1970s include virtuoso outings on “The Leprechaun” with pianist Chick Corea and Steely Dan's Aja, as well as several cuts with Paul Simon (including "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" and "Late in the Evening"). Still in demand, Gadd currently tours with the Steve Gadd Band.