Pearl Chad Smith Signature Snare Drum
A Signature Snare for Upper Range Playing
Chad Smith handles the drum work for super group the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and he loved his snare drum so much, they named one after him. The Pearl Chad Smith Signature snare drum is the most popular model in the highly rated Signature line. The CS1450 is 5X14, with a steel shell with black nickel plating. Ten rods, classic lugs, and SuperHoop II round out the mix.
Those putting the sticks to the Pearl Chad Smith Signature snare drum love the classic crack of this higher-pitched snare, which makes itself heard with excellent volume and rich tone. A very sensitive head provides excellent range and good control. Drummers of all genres like it, but as expected, it rates highest among rockers and metal players. The snare shell holds up well in both looks and sound durability.
Some playing this snare think it lacks projection, despite the steel shell. Others mention a fairly narrow tuning range, while others opt to mute the ring on some songs and styles.
Overall Rating – 4 Stars
The standard heads are very good, but with time you will want to replace them with your stylistic favorites. The Pearl Chad Smith Signature Snare Drum comes with a mid-range price that makes it a very good value. Quality and cost add up to a 4 Star rating.