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GMS Special Edition Bass Drum

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GMS Special Edition bass drums are made of select 8-ply North American maple with no gradation in the thickness of the shell as the diameter gets lar...Click To Read More About This Product

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You'll hear with every beat the extensive research that went into this drum.

GMS Special Edition bass drums are made of select 8-ply North American maple with no gradation in the thickness of the shell as the diameter gets larger. GMS decided the thicker shells give the best performance, providing good vibrations in all dynamic situations with little to no distortion or necessity for reinforcement hoops which can cause problems with resonance. The shells they came up with are thin enough to give you wide tonal ranges, strong enough to not need reinforcement hoops, but not so thick that it raises the frequency to a higher pitch. Another unique aspect of their construction is the staggering in the seam construction so none of the ply seams line up one each other. This cross-laminating process creates an even sturdier product.
GMS Drum Co. is known for creating ingenious, yet functional products for drummers. They're one of the more innovative drum companies in the market.
Knowing many drummers prefer the split-lug look and to see more of the shell's finish, they developed the "SE" (Special Edition) lug. Despite its very small footprint, it provides the same musical quality and resonance of its larger predecessor, the "Grand Master lug". It also has the same swivel nut as the "GM" lug, but diverts shell stress, by tensioning from the bottom of the lug casing, as opposed to the top. This makes it visually appealing while also contributing to the quality of these Special Edition bass drum sound. They also feature the Evans EQ system.

GMS bearing edges utilize a 45-degree cut on the inside of the shell and a shallow 45-degree counter cut on the outside, a graduated bearing edge around the set. In essence, the edges are sharper on smaller-diameter toms and get rounder as the diameter gets larger. This exclusive process enhances the drums' attack and sustain, while offering larger drums more low end and punch.

As you can see in the pictures, these aren't just well-built drums, but visual beauties as well. To get there, they go through an intense process that starts with hand sanding of the raw shell to give the paint a better surface to which to adhere. They're then primed with a clear primer. They get sanded again until they are flat and even and ready for the paint. After they dry for 10-14 days, they are sanded with no fewer than 6 grades of sandpaper. As soon as they are deemed smooth as glass, they are sent to be buffed by two grades of imported European compounds. The end result is an unmatched mirror-like finish.

Add some high-end boom to your kit, with a GMS Special Edition bass drum. It'll give you a kick like no other.

  • Wood: 8-ply maple
  • SE lug
  • Super glossy finish
  • Evans EQ system
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Awesome, well constructed

By Broderick

from Okinawa

Comments about GMS Special Edition Bass Drum:

This is a very nice bass drum, from the hoops to the lugs, and even the legs (I got the Chesnut one). The only reason I'm writing this review is so no one makes this mistake: it says that the wood for the drum is maple, but the Chesnut option is made with Ash. Other than that, this company definitely shows that you get what you pay for. The craftsmanship is out of this world.

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holy crap!

By Josh Tucker

from louisville,ky

Comments about GMS Special Edition Bass Drum:

this thing is like HUGE! it looks small but its not i havent played on one but its like a sub hitting its soo deep!!!! and so is the price but its hard to bargain for something when its performance is unlimited!

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