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 800 pc Worldwide (280 EU) 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’ colour 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.
The Yamaha Steve Gadd Signature Snare Drum (SRP £941 inc VAT) will ship in Spring 2020.