Yamaha RBS-1455RW Recording Custom Birch Snare Drum - 14" x 5.5" - Real Wood


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The look and response of the industry’s favorite recording kit comes to a matching wood snare near you. The Yamaha Recording Custom wood snare is built from six thin plies of select birch to deliver a crisp and cutting tone. Its 30° bearing edges, crowned with lightweight 1.6mm triple-flanged hoops, give the Recording Custom wood snare a dry, focused attack — tailor-made for recording — and a wide-open tuning window to cover many styles of music. Like other snares in the series, the Recording Custom wood snare features Yamaha’s Q-type snare mechanism for smooth snare adjustments and studio-quiet transitions. Stock Remo USA heads and a 25-strand high-carbon snare wire provide great tone right out of the box.

6-ply North American birch shell

Birch is well regarded for its crisp, focused tone and even response. The Recording Custom wood snare’s 6-ply birch shell for its blend of low-end warmth and balanced attack. Its 30° bearing edges impart a quick response and enable a wide range of tunings to suit everything from down tuned metal to buttoned-down ballads.

Q-type snare mechanism

A dependable snare throw off is essential for studio work. The heavy-duty Yamaha Q-type mechanism on your Recording Custom wood snare is quick and stable at dialing in snare tensions and stealthy at releasing snare wires in the middle of a take.

One-piece lugs

Revamped single-piece lugs in the Yamaha Recording Custom wood snare give this studio piece a sweet throwback look, stabilized tuning, and reduced damping and noise.

Session-ready with Remo heads

Your Recording Custom wood snare ships ready for prime time with a set of industry-standard Remo USA heads. You get an Ambassador Coated batter head for backbeats to brushwork and a sensitive 3mm Ambassador snare-side reso head for great snap and sensitivity. 


  • Matching wood snare for your Recording Custom kit
  • Size: 5.5" x 14" (depth x diameter)
  • Thin (6mm) 6-ply North American birch shell is crisp, focused, and dynamic
  • 30° bearing edges dry out attack — great for the studio
  • 1.6mm triple-flanged hoops provide a wide-open tuning window
  • Sleek 1-piece lugs
  • Q-type throw off mechanism tensions snares quickly and releases quietly
  • Sensitive 25-strand high-carbon snare wires
  • Fitted with Remo batter and snare heads for a record-ready sound