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Steve Gadd Drum Set
  STEVE GADD'S CURRENT SET UP 2010:

1. Yamaha snare drum 14 x 5.5 Birch with wood Hoops
2. Yamaha small tom12 x 8
3. Yamaha small tom 13 x 9
4. Yamaha floor tom 14 x 12
5. Yamaha floor tom 16 x 14
6. Yamaha drum throne ds-840
7. Zildjian hi-hat cymbals 14" K Session
8. Zildjian crash cymbal 18" K Constantinople
9. Zildjian ride cymbal 18"K Session Custom      
10. Zildjian crash cymbal 16" K Session Custom
11. Yamaha hi-hat stand hs-1000
12. Yamaha 22" bass drum Maple or 20" depending on gig
13. Yamaha double bass pedal dfp-9310

*Steve often uses a third crash on the left with rivets.
 
 
 
  ENDORSEMENTS:

Yamaha drums and hardware

Zildjian cymbals

• LP Percussion


Vic Firth sticks

Earthwork microphones

Remo drumheads

• Earthworks Microphones
  Steve Gadd photo by Geoff Tesch    
 
 
 

Steve Gadd's drumset
  DRUMS:

Steve Gadd has been playing Yamaha Drums since 1976.
His
name was for many years synonymous with the Recording
Custom
kit. Indeed the association led in no small part to the
RC9000
becoming the most popular professional kit in the
world during the 1980s.

Steve popularised small 10' toms and introduced floor tom-tom
stands. He still likes birch tom-toms, but recently has preferred a
maple bass drum. His Clapton kit comprises 22x14 Maple Custom Absolute bass, 12x8 and 13x9 hanging, and 14x12 and 16x14 floor-mounted Birch Custom Absolute toms. Othertimes he uses a small 10x7.5 tom, which he made famous in his studio days, and drops
the 13 tom. For live work he prefers his steel 14x5.5 signature
snare drum. There are five other Steve Gadd signature models
in the series.
 
 
 

  CYMBALS:

Steve Gadd signed with Zildjian on Feb 21, 1980.

In 2004, the K Custom Session line was introduced, the result
of several years of collaboration between Steve and the Zildjian
Sound Lab
to capture his definitive cymbal sound. The line
includes an 18" Session Ride, 16" & 18" Session Crashes
and 14" Session HiHats.


"Zildjian to me is the foundation. I play Zildjian because that's
just what is in my heart. I love the sound, I love the feel."



  Zildjian 18"K Session Custom    
       
 
Zildjian Gadd Signature Cymbal Bag
  ZILDJIAN: GADD CYMBAL BAG

Zildjian's Steve Gadd Signature leather cymbal bag
features a padded shoulder strap, comfortable handle,
internal cymbal dividers, and comes in a distinctive
brown color with a replica Steve Gadd signature.


www.zildjian.com


Jackie Gadd R.I.P.
 
 
 
  HEADS:

Remo coated Power Stroke 3 on Snare batter

Pinstripes on tops of toms with clear Ambassadors on bottoms

Pinstripe on Kick batter


 
Remo coated Power Stroke 3
   
 
 
 
  STICKS:

Vic Firth Steve Gadd Hickory

Slightly shorter than the American Classic ® 5A,
Steve's
signature stick features a barrel tip for a
great recording sound. Available in wood or nylon tip.

L=15 3/4", Dia.=.550"

Vic Firth Steve Gadd Signature Brushes



 
Vic Firth Steve Gadd Hickory
   
 
 
 
  BEFORE YAMAHA:

Before signing on with Yamaha, Steve played a sort of
mish-mosh kit with a Gretsch bass drum (20") and Pearl
concert toms customized by Frank Ippolito's Professional
Percussion Center
in New York. By adding bottom heads
and using Evans hydraulic heads he was able to get a
deeper richer tone that became known as his signature
sound, a sound still popular 30 years later.

He also was among the first to use the chain drive pedal
concieved by Mr. Ippolito, one of standards of modern pedal
construction. Steve also experimented with the Zalmer double
pedal while playing with L'image.


 
Steve Gadd 1978
   
 
 
 
30th Anniversary Signature Kit debut at the 2006 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA
  YAMAHA SG 30th ANNIVERSARY SIGNATURE KIT:

BUENA PARK , Calif.—For more than three decades, Steve Gadd
has been one of the most influential drummers in the world—and
for 30 years, Gadd has played Yamaha drums.


To commemorate this special milestone, Yamaha introduced
the Steve Gadd Signature 30th Anniversary Drum Set, a replica
of the custom kit that he has played for almost 20 years.
Manufactured in a limited edition of 50 units, each kit includes
a certificate of authenticity personally signed by Gadd.


"It's an honor to have such a strong association with an artist
of Steve's stature," says David Jewell, marketing manager,
Yamaha Drums. "He has personally helped Yamaha Drums
improve and maintain quality throughout the line over the years.
This new kit pays tribute to what he has done not only for Yamaha,
but fore the world of drumming."
 
   
  Gadd's first Yamaha kit, the Recording Custom set (model RC9000), became the most popular professional
kit in the world during the 1980s. Gadd also popularized small 10" toms, introduced floor tom-tom stands,
and was also one of the first drummers to use a combination of woods in one kit. Today, he favors birch
toms and a maple bass drum. His choice of hardware color is a distinctive black—similar to the kit's
lacquered acoustic piano-style finish that he helped Yamaha perfect.

His historic recordings in the 1970s include virtuoso outings on The Leprechaun with pianist Chick Corea
and Steely Dan's Aja, as well as several cuts with Paul Simon (including "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover"
and "Late in the Evening"). Still in demand, Gadd has recently toured the world with Simon, Eric Clapton,
and James Taylor.

"This is a one-of-a-kind set that will make any Steve Gadd fan proud to play them," says Jewell.
"Offering it is our way to honor Steve for playing our drums for the last 30 years."

The Steve Gadd 30th Anniversary Signature Drum Set will ship around July/August 2006.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America.

 
 
 
 
  GADD TECH:

Luis Conte (percussion), Steve Gadd, and Scott Hoffman (drum tech)
on tour with James Taylor 2005.
*Photo by Alex Solca

Since 2003, Scott has been the drum tech for Steve Gadd
(with Paul Simon and James Taylor).

Scott He is best known for his years playing with Southern
rock band 38 Special, from 1992 - 1997.


 
Conte, Gadd, & Hoffman
   
 
 
John Beck, Duke Gadd, & Steve Gadd - 1980's
 
Set Up: MISSION FROM GADD EUROPE - September 2010
 
 
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