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collector's series specialty snares


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™, 3P (3 position butt plate), True-Tone® Snare Wires, True-Hoops™ and DW Heads by Remo U.S.A. Heavy-duty snare bag and John Good-signed certificate of authenticity also included.

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


Carbon fiber isn't a new drum-making material, but it is for DW. For years, players have asked about incorporating carbon fiber into the Custom Shop line-up. Many prototypes have been made and our testing has finally produced a shell that is good enough to make the cut. Offered in 5.5x14" and 6.5x14" sizes and available in any custom drum hardware color option, the Collector's Series Carbon has volume! It provides plenty of cut for loud playing situations, but it's also dynamically sensitive. Another choice from the Drummer's Choice®.

Availability: 5.5x14", 6.5x14"


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", and Black Nickel in 14" only)

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 3P (3 position butt-plates), True-Pitch50™ Tuning, True-Tone Snare Wires, True-Hoops, and heads by Remo USA.  Their sound is decidedly warm and fat, making them the perfect backbeat snares.

Availability: 6x14", 7x14"


An offshoot of our patented DW EDGE® metal-wood snare. The Top DW EDGE® features an alloy top ring with X-shell bottom. Available in all Custom Shop finishes and options. The sound is big, responsive and articulate. (Edge rings available in Chrome & Gold in 13" and 14", and Black Nickel in 14" only)

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


This specialty snare drum is designed to offer warmth, volume and throaty attack in one package.  The hybrid shell is an offshoot of the patented Edge design (U.S. Patent #5377576) and features a heavy-gauge cast brass ring press-fit on top of a 10-ply Maple and Mahogany plied shell with VLT (Vertical Low Timber) technology.  The result is a snare drum with plenty of bite, combined with ample bottom end response.  Other standard features include 3.0 True Hoops, True Pitch Tuning, MAG Throw-Off System with 3P butt plate and DW Heads by Remo USA. Offered in all DW Custom Shop finishes. (Edge rings available in Chrome & Gold in 13" and 14", and Black Nickel in 14" only)

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

Watch this video feat. Aaron Spears


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 USA®. The 5x14" drum comes standard with chrome hardware and is the perfect addition to any snare arsenal.

Availability: 5x14"


Designed in conjunction with Randall May, the patented Acoustic EQ snare drum is several drums in one. The secret is a venting system that allows drummers to select the exact amount of air leaving the drum via an internal slide valve. Not only does the EQ’s venting system drastically affect the sound, but also it’s feel and response. The drum features our Collector’s 10 + 6 maple shell configuration and can be ordered in any Custom Shop Satin Oil finish and drum hardware color option.

Watch this video feat. Stephen Perkins & Randy May

Availability: 6x14"


Created to commemorate Neil Peart's latest drum set creation, "The Time Machine", each snare is a recreation of the drum Neil plays on tour.  It's not a signature snare drum, but rather a collectable reproduction.  The 6.5x14" Collector's series North American Maple shell with VLT (Vertical Low Timbre) technology provides optimal crack, warmth, bottom end and sensitivity. The drum is painstakingly finished with copper leaf-applied graphics and hand airbrush work. Custom copper hardware completes the look. Also standard is a MAG throw-off system with 3P butt plate, 3.0 True Hoops, True Tone snare wires and DW Heads by Remo USA. Available for a limited time only.

Watch this video feat. Neil Peart

Availability: 6.5x14"


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"

+Collector's Wood

Maple, Birch, Super Solid,
and Super Solid Edge

+Collector's Metal

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

+Collector's Specialty

Exotic Monogram™, DW EDGE®,
Acoustic EQ, Ballad...


Mahogany, Gum, Bamboo,
HVX Maple, Steel...

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