Going Custom With Sugar Percussion
While some musicians are content with selecting a drum kit off the floor of their local instrument store, many professionals creators (whether leading a life in the studio or touring) require a set that specifically fits their studio and live sound needs. California-based Sugar Percussion has revolutionized the art of the custom kits by giving these individuals the tools they need to create specific sounds, by way of selecting drum sizes, wood type and shell thickness.
Endless Size Options For All Drums
Sugar Percussion’s small team of builders (including owner Jefferson Shallenberger), handcraft six different types of drums including two rack toms, two floor toms, a snare and a kick. When buying a custom kit with Sugar Percussion, new drum owners will be rewarded with a plethora of size options to help them create the perfect set for their style of playing.
In addition to choosing a custom diameter and depth for each individual drum, musicians and studio owners can choose bearing edges and shell thickness specifications that fit the sonic needs of their kit. If you’re interested in using these drums in many different settings, Sugar Percussion can help set you up with drums and hardware that will offer an all-around amazing sound anywhere they are played.
Drum Size Options and Specifications
- Diameter: 18, 20, 22, 24, 26
- Depth: 11, 13, 15
Rack Tom 1
- Diameter: 12, 13, 14
- Depth: 7, 9, 11
Rack Tom 2
- Diameter: 13, 14, 15
- Depth: 9, 11, 13
Floor Tom 1
- Diameter: 14, 16
- Depth: 11, 13, 15
Floor Tom 2
- Diameter: 16, 17, 18
- Depth: 13, 15, 17
- Diameter: 12, 13, 14, 15
- Depth: 4, 6, 8
Incredible Construction With Quality Materials
Sugar Percussion’s shells are stave-built from six different types of wood and each kit is made using only one tree. Jefferson and the Sugar Percussion prefer this method because it allows for incredible tonality, construction with any species of wood and alleviates stress in the circular structures. The wear and tear drums take can add to an already stressed piece of equipment, but thanks to stave –built construction, each instrument faces no bent stress or uneven tension.
When it comes to the six species of wood available for a custom kit, Sugar Percussion traditionally uses Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Mahogany, Walnut, Ash, Cherry, White Oak and Macassar Ebony. Each of these woods are based on a 1 to 11 solid wood density scale to ensure drum owners are getting their desired sound. Softer woods deliver warmth, while harder woods can feature sharper sound and medium woods have a special ability to bring together the best of both worlds.
Built With Love, By Hand
The story behind Sugar Percussion centers on Jefferson Shallenberger. As a long-time artist and woodworker, Jefferson has led a storied career in both fields, becoming an expert craftsman who specializes in the smallest details of his creations. With his busted old drums nearing the end of their life, the California-based creator set about dismantling the kit and working towards something new. Through in-depth analysis of his kit and other sets of drums, Shallenberger saw where others in the industry had previously gone wrong and formed the foundation of a new gold standard in the percussion world.