Explosive Power and Nuance: Keith Carlock’s Signature Snare Drum

Boasting a staggering list of credits that includes Steely Dan, Sting, Toto, James Taylor, John Mayer, Chris Botti, Wayne Krantz, Tal Wilkenfeld, and countless others, Keith Carlock is one of the top drummers on the planet. Perhaps that’s the reason Gretsch Drums wanted to develop a snare drum with him! The snare is the nucleus of any drummer’s sound, which should provide a clue as to how special the Gretsch Drums Keith Carlock Signature Snare Drum is. Keith is a fan of antiqued brass-shell snare drums, and Gretsch artisans at the Ridgeland, South Carolina, factory developed a unique aging compound to create the drum’s stunning 5.5-inch x 14-inch, 2mm Vintage Patina brass shell.

To increase dynamics and pitch range, Keith specified a standard Permatone batter head and 20-strand snare wire instead of 42-strand. Additional features include 45° bearing edges, 4mm die-cast hoops, and Gretsch’s classic Lightning throw off. Each drum also includes an interior label signed by Keith himself.


Gretsch Drums Keith Carlock Signature 5.5-inch x 14-inch Snare Drum Features:

  • Designed to the legendary drummer’s specifications
  • 2mm Vintage Patina brass shell
  • Standard Permatone batter head
  • 20-strand snare wire
  • 45° bearing edges
  • 4mm die-cast hoops
  • Lightning throw off and butt plate
  • Interior label signed by Keith Carlock

Tech Specs

  • Type:Keith Carlock Signature Snare
  • Shell (Depth x Diameter):5.5″ x 14″
  • Shell Material:Brass
  • Shell Construction:2mm
  • Hoops:Die-cast
  • Color:Natural
  • Finish:Vintage Patina
  • Heads:Gretsch by Remo USA
  • Manufacturer Part Number:GAS5514-KC

Gretsch Keith Carlock Signature Snare