Yamaha 5.5x14 Steve Gadd Signature Steel Snare Drum  From Yamaha

Few drummers can match up to Steve Gadd – a master of taste when it comes to both the notes he plays and the gear he plays them on. After being a constant in product development with Yamaha over the last two decades – most recently working with Yamaha to revamp the Recording Custom kits and snares in 2016, Steve has now created his latest signature product with the brand.



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To commemorate a working relationship of 40 years, Yamaha and Steve Gadd collaborated on a new signature for the drum legend. Unlike his previous signature snare drums, this drum is made of steel and complemented with a sleek black nickel finish. This reimagined drum delivers a wide sonic range commensurate to Steve's playing. It's equipped with a new Steve Gadd 10-strand wire to maximise articulation and aluminium die cast hoops.The Steve Gadd Signature Snare will be limited to a production run of 200 for the US, and each drum will come with a black tuning key plus a certification card.  

Manufacturer's Description from Yamaha

The Yamaha Steve Gadd Signature Snare Drum is a 14”x 5.5” steel-shell snare, equipped with a new Steve Gadd 10-strand wire to maximize articulation. The shell is 1.2mm thick, and is fitted with aluminium die cast hoops – finished in a black nickel at Steve’s request.


The Steve Gadd Snare will be limited in production and each drum will come with a black tuning key plus a certification card.

“I have been playing Yamaha drums for over 40 years.” Says Gadd. “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.”


About Manufacturer

Since 1887, when it began producing reed organs, the Yamaha Corporation in Japan (then Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd.) has grown to become the world's largest manufacturer of a full line of musical instruments, and a leading producer of audio/visual products, semiconductors and other computer related products, sporting goods, home appliances and furniture, specialty metals, machine tools, and industrial robots.

Yamaha has endeavored to produce products and services that satisfy the diverse needs and desires of people worldwide. Its products and services are recognized the world over for superior quality in acoustics, design, technology, craftsmanship, and customer oriented services. These products and services under the brand name of Yamaha are highly regarded by a large number of professionals, institutions, business people within the related industries, and consumers.


  • 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 
  • Black nickel drum key and certificate of authenticity included
  • Drums will be individually numbered