Over the last couple of decades, Gadd has worked with the Yamaha research and development team to improve and maintain the quality of the company's drum series, most notably with the revamping of the legendary Recording Custom drum set and the Recording Custom metal snares, in 2016.
To celebrate this milestone, Yamaha and Gadd 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 only 200 to be sold in the U.S., this snare drum's 1.2 mm steel shell exterior and the aluminum die cast hoops are set in a distinctive black nickel, the artists' color 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.
"This signature snare drum pays tribute to the strong relationship between Steve Gadd and Yamaha, as well as Steve Gadd's acclaimed and distinguished playing," said Steven Fisher, director of drum & percussion, Yamaha Corporation of America. "Any fan of Gadd will be proud to own this snare which emphasizes stunning aesthetics and sonic versatility."
5.5" x 14" steel snare drum with black nickel finish
1.2mm steel shell; 1-piece lug
3.0mm aluminum die-cast hoops (black nickel finish)
Remo Powerstroke P3 Coated batter head
Steve Gadd 10-strand snare strainer delivers a crisper tone and less sympathetic ring from the toms
Black nickel drum key and certificate of authenticity included
Drums will be individually numbered. You're looking at #199
Shell (Depth x Diameter): 5.5" x 14"
Shell Construction: 1.2mm
Shell Material: Steel
Hoops: 3.0mm Aluminum Die-cast
Color: Black NIckel
Heads: Remo USA
Manufacturer Part Number: YSS1455SG