Maple & Alder Shell:
The DDrum Vinnie Paul Signature snare drum features a maple and alder wooden shell. The 2 plies of maple give the drum the well-known warmth, especially the undertones and backbeats of the snare. The 6 plies of alder balance out the warmth, adding power and aggression to the overtones. The combination of these woods gives the snare incredible dynamics, allowing it to be used in a wide range of styles and genres.
DDrum's story began in Sweden - 1983. It was then, that Hans Nordelius (founder of NORD Keyboards) created the Digital Percussion Plate 1 – the first drum pad allowing for dynamic playing using sampled sounds. Crowned an instant success by the marketplace, DDrum’s innovative drum pads, heads and hoops quickly garnered a large and loyal following.
2005 saw the beginnings of what would become DDrum as we know it today when it was sold to Armadillo Enterprises.
One of their first decisions was to greatly expand their product line to include acoustic kits, snares, deccabons, hardware and accessories, making them a full line drum company. Long considered an innovator in electronic drums, they built on that history by being the first to use 100 Ash shells for their acoustic kits. They led the way with deeper bass drums at a time when they were traditionally only available through custom drum makers. Their blended shells (maple inner and ash outer ply) were an industry first as was their use of Alder - a wood known for warm tone and punchy attack.
Maple & alder shell provides singing tones with cracking backbeats
10 'Face Off' lugs provide accurate tuning
Chrome wrap with black nickel hardware complements any kit
Evans drum heads included
Vinnie Paul Signature badge
Shell Materials: Maple & Alder
Plies: 2 Plies of Maple, 6 Plies of Alder
Dimensions: 14’’x 8’’
Lugs: 10 Double Sided Face Off
Bearing Edge: 45 Degree Inner & 30 Degree Outer
Throw Off: Dunnett R4
Drum Head: Evans Head
Snare Wires: Brass Wires
Finish: Chrome Wrap
About Vinnie Paul:
Vincent Paul Abbott was born in Abilene, Texas on March 11, 1964.
Paul formed the heavy metal band Pantera in 1981 with his brother Dimebag Darrell and Terry Glaze on guitars, bassist Tommy D. Bradford, and vocalist Donnie Hart. In the summer of 1982, Bradford left the band and was succeeded by Rex Brown. The band released three albums with that lineup.
Pantera recruited vocalist Phil Anselmo in 1987.
After the breakup of Pantera, the Abbott brothers formed the heavy metal band Damageplan with former tattoo artist Bob Zilla on bass and former Halford guitarist Pat Lachman on lead vocals. Damageplan recorded one album, New Found Power.
On December 8, 2004, while on tour to support Damageplan's album, Dimebag Darrell was shot dead onstage at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. Damageplan disbanded shortly thereafter.
In June 2006, after the death of his brother and an 18-month hiatus, Paul was not sure if he would return to music, but eventually joined in with the heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah, which also features vocalist Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett from Mudvayne, guitarist Tom Maxwell from Nothingface, and bassist Bob Zilla from Damageplan, who was called on to replace original bassist Jerry Montano.
In December 2008, Vinnie Paul handpicked several of his most memorable drum parts to demonstrate in a promotional video for the drum company ddrum: "Use My Third Arm", "Primal Concrete Sledge", "13 Steps to Nowhere", "Domination", and "Becoming".
In August 2013, Paul featured in a music video for Black Label Society's cover of "Ain't No Sunshine".
Vinnie Paul died on June 22, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 54.
As of 2010, Paul's setup for Hellyeah were DDrums with his signature snare, 14”x8” maple/alder wood and covered with chrome with die cast rims for tuning stability and powerful rim shots and Dunnett R4 snare throwoff.
MD (Modern Drummer Magazine Interviewer): “I noticed you have triggers on your drums.” Vinnie: “I never use them in the studio; that is always the real deal. But I’ve learned over the years that nothing beats the sound of triggered drums mixed with real tones coming out of a PA system. I still like the top end of the real drums because it’s so much more real sounding then if you use just triggered sounds by themselves. Those can sound like a computer: “dat, dat, dat, dat, dat.”