Gretsch drums showed two new signature snare drums for Vinnie Colaiuta and Steve Ferrone at the 2017 NAMM Show. Actually three, because Vinnie Colaiuta's Cobalt Blue snare drums come in two sizes. Steve Ferrone's signature snare comes in Cadillac Green Gloss. Al the info and snare demos are available below and in the videos. Besides these beauties, Gretsch also offers Optional Calfskin Drum Heads for the Gretsch Broadkaster series.
Earlier we reported about Vinnie Colaiuta's original Frank Zappa drum set on display in the Gretsch booth at NAMM 2017. But two more Vinnie-snares were standing right next to it. Check them out below and listen how they sound in the videos.
Gretsch Vinnie Colaiuta Cobalt Blue Signature Snare Drums New for Gretsch are the two Vinnie Colaiuta signature snare drums in Cobalt Blue Gloss. Vinnie Colaiuta has been using them on tour with Sting, and the snares are already available. Both match Vinnie's USA Custom kit that is also in Cobalt Blue Gloss.
12x4 USA 6-ply Maple Poplar shell with die cast hoops
14x5 USA 6-ply Custom shell with die cast hoops
Vinnie Colaiuta's current kit setup USA Custom in Cobalt Blue Gloss Lacquer
7x8, 7x10, 8x12" Rack Toms
14x14, 16x16, 18x18" Floor Toms
18x22" Bass Drum
5x14", 4x12" Snare Drums
Steve Ferrone Signature Cadillac Green Gloss snare drum The new Steve Ferrone Signature has a Broadkaster shell finished in Cadillac Green Gloss. It has the Gretsch 302 hoops, the 3-ply Maple gum shell and it features cool vintage specs like tone control in the shell, a microsensitive throw-off, and it has a drum key holder built into the shell.
The size is 6.5 x 14 inch.
Optional Calfskin heads for the Gretsch Broadkaster series As an extra feature, you can now order original Calfskin drumheads when ordering Gretsch Broadkaster drums. The drum skins are manufactured by Stern Tanning after acquiring United Rawhide located in Chicago - the only manufacturer remaining in America. Back in the 1960's United Rawhide used to supply heads to Ludwig, Gretsch and Slingerland.
The Calfskin heads that come with the Broadkaster are not cheap and will cost over $300 extra. The sound however, does make it an option to consider, as you can see in the video.