Innovative sounds by design.
Conceived at the California Custom Shop, the Design Series® features North American Maple shells and pro features at an incredible value.
About the Design Series
The Design Series introduced custom-inspired drums to a wider audience than ever. With 100% North American Maple shells for legendary tonal versatility, these drums are DW’s first to offer UV-cured lacquers and Mini-Turret lugs. It’s all part of the Design.
DW Design Series
Luke Holland - Design Series
North American Maple Shells
Design Series shells are crafted from 100% North American Hard Rock Maple leveraging DW’s HVLT™ construction. The 8-ply shells (snares are 10-ply) feature 1/32” plies oriented with wood alternating horizontally and vertically for classic maple tone and punch.
Design Series HVLT™ shells feature edges that are precision-cut to both 45 degrees (toms) and 60 degrees (bass and snare) and tested on a flat stone for gaps. These edges help produce bright, punchy tone with healthy resonance.
From hand-sprayed lacquer to satin oil, all DW kits can be customized with finishes to make it yours.
Hand-sprayed, wet sanded, and hand-rubbed finishes that enhance the natural beauty of wood grain through elegant gloss finishes.
Shell SizesSizing helps players emphasize or control tonal qualities, while providing a visual aesthetic for musical genres.
Tom Tom Sizes
All sizes are listed as depth x diameter in inches.
DW drum hardware ensures shells stay tuned and true, but it also adds a unique aesthetic to your Design Series setup.
Lugs / Colors
The Design Series® features a scaled down, low-mass mini-turret version of the iconic turret lug. Design Series hardware is available exclusively in Chrome.