Gretsch Drums Introduces The Ash Soan Signature Snare Drum

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Gretsch Drums is proud to introduce the Ash Soan Signature Snare drum. The U.K.-based session ace has been putting the prototype through its paces for some time, using it as his go-to snare on many recordings and Instagram videos. Gretsch is genuinely delighted to unveil this unique collaboration to drummers everywhere.

Talking about his signature Snare drum, Ash said, “For me, a signature snare drum must encapsulate my sound and nothing does this better than the 7×12” Purpleheart drum. Its unique tone, long sustain, versatility, and character make recording a joy. Producers continually request the Purpleheart snare sound for their tracks.” 

Ash Soan Signature Snare Drum

As one of the most in-demand players in the world, Ash has played on multiple platinum Grammy-winning albums. His discography and touring credits are extensive, having worked with some of the biggest names in music today, including Sam Smith, Adele, Cher, James Morrison, Dua Lipa, Rod Stewart, Seal, Robbie Williams, and Trevor Horn. In addition, Soan has recorded tracks for mainstream films such as Terminator Genisys, The Lion King, Boss Baby 2, and Kung Fu Panda.

Soan has recorded extensively with his signature 7×12” Purpleheart snare drum at his famous 18th-century Windmill Studio in Norfolk, England. He has used it on tracks for Julian Lennon, Jeff Lorber, Cory Wong, and Hans Zimmer.

The heart of the unique snare that bears Soan’s name is a 9-ply Purpleheart shell finished with a clear gloss lacquer. This dense hardwood takes its name from the wood’s purple hue and delivers a distinctive tone with ample volume, attack, and definition. The 7×12” drum features double 45° bearing edges, 4mm die-cast hoops, and classic Lightening Throw-Off. Each snare includes an internal identification label hand-signed by Soan and specifies the year of production.

For more information about the Ash Soan Signature Snare (GAS0712-ASH), other Gretsch drums and artists, please visit

Nick Cesarz

Nick is a drummer, percussionist, and blogger from Milwaukee, WI. He toured extensively with Vinyl Theatre, opening up for acts like twenty one pilots, Panic! at the Disco, and more. Now no longer touring, his passion lies in gear and playing the kit as much as time allows.

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