TAMA 14 x 6.5-Inch 50th Anniversary Limited Mastercraft Artwood Reissue Snare Drum

TAMA 14 x 6.5-Inch 50th Anniversary Limited Mastercraft Artwood Reissue Snare Drum

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A Faithful Reproduction of a Classic - The TAMA 14 x 6.5-Inch 50th Anniversary Limited Mastercraft Artwood Reissue Snare Drum

Released in 1980, fans of the Mastercraft Artwood snare drum have eagerly awaited its reissue. Known for its obviously stunning looks, this snare drum is adorned with a beautifully stained multi-section center wood inlay. The 9mm/6ply all-Birch shell delivers significant low-mid tone and clear projection. For a detailed & sensitive snare response, the drum features TAMA's unique Roller Action Strainer, an innovative full-contact snare wire design that utilizes a single on/off lever & dual guide rollers for easy & versatile adjustment.

This faithful reproduction of TAMA's original Mastercraft Artwood snare drum is an amazingly beautiful celebration of TAMA's 50th Anniversary.

9mm, 6ply All Birch Shell with center wood Inlay

The 9mm 6ply All Birch Shell with center wood inlay has gained acclaim for its deep low-end and excellent sound projection due to its 9mm thick shell. The artistic look of the wood inlay, which was only used in the first model, also adds a special touch.

Die-Cast Hoops (10 hole)

To achieve clear attack, clarity, and consistent tuning, the Mastercraft snare drum models in the early 1980s featured 10-hole Die-Cast Hoops, uncommon for the time. In addition, these special 50th Anniversary models include a reproduction of the original snare side hoop with larger snare wire window.

Roller Action Strainer

Designed as a full-contact snare wire system, TAMA's innovative Roller Action Strainer offers extremely detailed control over snare buzz tone & sensitivity. Past parallel action strainers required an internal rod to operate the strainer & butt at the same time, but TAMA's new streamlined design eliminated the need for an internal rod by utilizing a single on/off lever & dual guide rollers for easy, simple, and versatile adjustment. The guide rollers gently rotate to achieve a smooth feel for consistent & reliable operation. This unique & popular system has been faithfully reproduced for this 50th Anniversary Reissue model.

One-Touch Tone Control

Originally made for Mastercraft snare drums, TAMA's One-Touch tone control was instantly praised for its innovative design. During a time when recording technology was in its infancy, acoustic sound & overtone control had to be done at the source. Though mutes were commonly found on many snare drums at the time, TAMA's simple and effective mechanism allowed for extremely subtle muffling adjustments and quick action within a single One-Touch on/off switch - a revolutionary advancement in design and function. Proving extremely useful even for drummers in the modern world, the One-Touch Tone Control is a timeless and elegant design.


Every detail of the Mastercraft Snare Drum Reissue was considered, even down to the stock drumheads. The batter side is fitted with a REMO® Coated Ambassador and the bottom side a REMO® Ambassador Snare Side.



  • Model No.: AW-456
  • Shell: 9mm 6ply Birch with center wood inlay
  • Size: 14 x 6.5-inches
  • Lug: Original Superstar Lug (6371N)
  • Hoop: Die-Cast Hoop (10 hole)
  • Strainer/Butt: Roller Action (6302N/6303N/6338N)
  • Snare Wire: 18-strand Carbon Steel Long Snare Wires (6035N)
  • Inside Muffler: One-Touch Tone Control (6552N)
  • Head: REMO® Ambassador Coated TAMA 50th Anniversary version