I’m sometimes cautious of artist-signature instruments, because they can occasionally be easy cash-ins for big instrument companies. Take your normal formula, slap a logo or name on it, and you’ve got something you can mark up 10 – maybe, 15? percent.
That doesn’t appear to be the case whatsoever with Chris Adler of Lamb of God’s new snare drum, the Black Panther Warbird by Mapex. Although we don’t get too much of a sense of how the thing sounds, for sure, you cannot deny how good that hybrid maple/walnut shell looks, particularly with that great artwork by Ken Adams, which was actually etched into the drum. You don’t see that every day.
These bad boys currently retail at $399, and are available for pre-order now. Check out Adler talking about the drum below: