Gretsch announces the USA Custom Ridgeland Snare Drum


Gretsch has announced the addition of its brand new USA Custom Ridgeland Snare Drum. Named after the town thats home to the Gretsch USA factory, it combines some Gretsch staples with an extra-thick shell and triple-wood layup for an all-new design.

First, the Ridgeland is offered in 14x6.5 or 14x5 dimensions, and is made from maple, gum and poplar which has been layered to produce a shell that is nearly half-an-inch thick.

Next, Gretsch has cut the shell to include its classic 30-degree bearing edge, but the Ridgeland also includes a round-over profile similar to that found on Gretschs Broadkaster drums. The result, Gretsch says, is a warm, full bodied tone accompanied by plenty of attack.

Adding to this, the Ridgeland is also fitted with 4mm die-cast hoops, a Gretsch Lightning throw-off, 20-strand wires and Gretsch Permatone heads.

Weve been in Ridgeland since 1984, and really the group of people that works there is what its all about for me. says Paul Cooper, master drum builder at Gretsch USA.

Our crew there comes to work every day and builds these beautiful drums, and this drum really conveys what were trying to do. The fact that its named the Ridgeland Snare Drum - its really a tribute to them, and I believe its part of the mojo you get with a Gretsch drum.

This is a drum Ive been wanting to make for many years. Im talking maybe 15 years. By taking maple, gum and poplar it gave me the opening to make an even thicker snare shell than what we normally dowith that combination of those plies and that shell, I knew wed have a killer-sounding snare drum.

The fact that we were doing a hybrid shell also made me want to do an edge that Ive wanted to do. That gives you the warmth of the round-over edge, and you still get the attack of the 30-degree edge. Taking all those components together, I think weve come out with a really great sounding snare drum.

Both Gretsch Ridgeland Snare Drum models are available in all Gretsch Nitron, Satin or Gloss Lacquer finishes.