“Palmetto Drums have been building custom kits for the past 20 years. We also restore, recover & repair drums of any size and age. Vintage and used drum kits are available for the novice to experienced drummer at very good prices. Contact us for the part you’re looking for – we have an extensive inventory of vintage parts & accessories.”

Fred Wooten  Palmetto Drums

Palmetto custom made snares and drum kits are crafted with the old fashioned methods of hand made drums. We’ve learned the guiding principals of these techniques from our continuous reconstruction and restoration of vintage drum kits. Every drum is handcrafted with the utmost care for a great look and sound.

Palmetto Drums are constructed with the finest quality raw materials obtainable. We guarantee these are the best sounding drums that money can buy. There is no need for baffles to get low end on bass drums.

Palmetto Drums

Vintage Kits

We’re making retro kits from old shells and adding our own spin with conchos and other very cool decorations.

Custom Kits

Palmetto Drums are custom drums made to a customers specific requirements. Different size basses, toms, snares, heads, rims, tension casings, drum finishes and wood types are all considerations when designing a custom made kit. We offer types of woods from typical maple to exotic woods like zebra wood and orange Drum finishes can be stains, wraps or acrylic in colors that boggle the mind. All drums are hand rubbed and finished to a gloss or satin. No machines or mass produced techniques are used.


  • Hand rubbed oil finish inside drum adds warmth to the shell.

  • No metal to wood contact on the shell.

  • Hand rubbed stains with matte clear finish allow shells to breathe and gives drums more volume & and tone.

  • Tried and true 45 bearing edges on drums.

  • Traditional bearing edges with reinforcement hoops for that vintage American drum sound.

  • Each drum is an American made handcrafted drum and is finished, tuned and sound checked before shipping.

  • Rims mounting systems available.


Call or e-mail us with questions or your desire for a quote. We expect and will work towards your complete satisfaction. A deposit of 50% of the cost of the drum total is required before any drum will be made. You will be working closely with Fred on your custom drum(s).  He will provide you with a turnaround time. We work hard at providing your drum in a timely manner but this is not a “fast food” variety of product. They are handcrafted by one person so your understanding is appreciated.


All Palmetto Custom drum kits, snares and brass snares are warranted for 1 year to the original purchaser against breakage from normal use or defective material or workmanship. This warranty does not apply to alterations or additions to the product after leaving Palmetto Drums. Proof of status as original purchaser is required for warranty coverage. Palmetto Drums will repair and/or replace warranted parts free of charge upon delivery by the original purchaser.


We offer a wide variety of wraps or stains. We even offer hand painted finishes. Remo, Evans, Aquarian or Attack drumheads are available. You can literally have whatever you want built. We offer sizes and finishes to fit your individual needs.


Shipping (usually UPS insured) costs will be calculated upon completion of the product.