Best Snare Wood by Genre

One question that we get asked a lot is what snare drum is best for a particular genre of music.  This is sometimes difficult to answer for several reasons.  First, music and sound is a matter of personal taste so pinpointing one drum for an entire genre is impossible.  Second, we make unique one of a kind drums out of woods that no one else in the industry is using so the sounds made from these woods are unique and not always found in a particular genre. Many things go into making the sound you get from your drum such as drum heads among other things.  We are concentrating on the wood that the snare is built out of because wood drums it what we do. That being said we are still going to try to answer!

Country music: Country music is interesting because drums were not an original part of country music culture.  In fact bands that incorporated drums were considered “impure”. Drums were introduced to country around the 1960s. Country drummers like a full bodied “fat” sound for ballads in older country songs.  The newer style of country music plays a lot like rock.  The 14×7 maple or birch/maple is a good pick for country. Heart pine is also a good pick. It carries close to the same characteristics and tones because of the tight growth rings in the lumber.  This vintage lumber was some of the virgin trees grown in Georgia in the days of our founding fathers.

Rock music: Rock music drumming is a broad area that incorporates lots of different styles like punk, classic, and heavy metal. Drums have been the backbone of rock music since the beginning of the genre providing a solid beat and rhythm to the music.  These days with the advancement of drum sets they provide tonal, melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic shading.  Black walnut provides a bright, high pitched that is great for this genre with the loud speakers and amp heads.  Cherry works well for this genre as well.  The harder the wood on the janka scale the better sound you will achieve for rock in our opinion.

Jazz music: Jazz drumming is a mixture of different cultures and their influences over time to Jazz music most notably the African influence.  This influence was mostly about improvisation.  Oak works nicely for jazz sounds because of the sensitivity of the snare sound you get with oak.  You want a wood that will reflect the ghost notes in this genre.  Oak is porous and works well for these sounds.

These are a few genres and the drums that we feel do well in those genres.  This is by no means an all-inclusive list and as every musician knows bearing edges, shell thickness, drum head type, and size plays a role.  The musicians and listeners personal preference also plays a big role.  Leave a comment, Tell us your favorite drum for your genre and why.

Forest Fire Limited Edition Drum Sets!

Forest Fire Limited Edition Drum Sets!

Wonderful news everyone! Outlaw Drums is now offering limited segmented solid wood edition Forest Fire drum sets! Only 10 of these drum sets are going to be built a year so contact Outlaw DSC_6958Drums quickly if you are interested because once they are sold out, no more will ever be built! Each is signed and dated.

You may have seen the Outlaw Drums Forest Fire Snare drum at your local Guitar Center, but until now, Outlaw Drums has never made an entire drum set with the gorgeous Forest Fire finish! The Forest Fire drum is one of Outlaw Drums’ most popular models, and for good reason.  Not only does the drum have a classic wood look that Outlaw Drums is known for, but the Forest Fire finish has a sharp, charred, rustic look that makes it stand out among other drums in its class. The Forest Fire drums are built from select Yellow  pine wood that makes the drum sound as classic as it looks. With the Forest Fire kit, Drummers have many options with tuning and can tune it high for a nice “crack” or “pop”, or low for the deeper “thud” sound.  The  Beautiful wood gives each drum a unique voice that is loud and will cut through any venue and sounds beautiful when recorded or played live.  All in all, the Forest Fire kit is a work of art that is built for the drummer that is looking for a sound and look that is different and unique; and the Forest Fire kit delivers on all those grounds and more!

Visit Outlaw Drums web site at www.outlawdrums.com  to make further sales inquiries.  Hurry while you still have a chance to get your very own one of a kind Forest Fire Outlaw Drums limited edition Forest Fire Drum.