Let’s talk drums!!!  I endorse and use   Soultone Cymbals and  Evans Drum heads exclusively. You can find them here:

www.soultonecymbals.com

www.evansdrumheads.com

“That Great Gretsch Sound”
As far as the drums themselves,  I have been blessed to have had the experience to be endorsed in the past by both Sonor and Slingerland Drum Co.’s. At the end of the day,  it comes down to this,  I simply love the way a Gretsch drum sounds. They have a “character” to them and although many drums sound good,  to my ear many of them just sound like any other drum.  Gretsch drums have a distinctive sound…   The company calls it,  “That Great Gretsch Sound”.

Drummers like Vinnie Colaiuta, Charlie Watts and one of my favorite hard rock drummers,  Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters all agree. (Me too!!!)

Here are the kits that I currently use  (and love)…

Kit 1) 1961 USA Gretsch Round Badge   Jasper shells   Champagne Sparkle 22″ kick, 13″ Rack Tom, 16″ Floor Tom

Kit 2)   1952 Wahlberg and Auge Jasper Shells   White Marine Pearl finish  20″ Kick, 12″ Rack Tom, 14″ Floor Tom

Kit 3)    1990 USA Gretsch Stop Sign Badge   American Maple   Custom Charcoal Finish 24″ kick, 14″ Rack Tom, 16″ and 18 ” Floor Toms

Kit 4)   1983 USA Gretsch Stop Sign/Drop G Badge mix   Jasper shells   Rosewood Finish 22″ Kick, 12″, 13″, 14″ Rack Toms, 15″ and 16″ Floor Toms

Kit 5)  1966 Ludwig Keystone Badge   American Maple Gold Sparkle Finish    22″ Kick,   13″ Rack Tom,   16″ Floor Tom   (the 12″ Rack is part of the kit but but not normally used)

Cymbals
I mentioned I use Soultone exclusively. If you are playing rock, you have to spend some time with the “Extreme” Series.  Simply awesome!    The “FXO” is a great cymbal line to add to your traditional set-up if you are looking to add some interesting sounds and if you are interested in a darker sound  (like me)   then the “Vintage” Series may be for you!. I’ve been with Soultone for many years.  It’s a cool company and I’m happy to be a part of it.

Snare Drums

Soon…