By Greg Dawson Published September 21, 2009
Sean Staples started out as a guitarist messing around on his drummer's kit, soon abandoning his six strings for two sticks. After a bad experience with a custom drum builder, Staples began researching the art form. Something clicked, and he started throwing around the idea of becoming a custom drum builder. In 2004 he drafted a business model under the moniker Shine Drums. The first models hit the market a year later.
“First we wanted to focus on customer service,” he says. “That, and artist relations.” For Staples, that meant that the door to his business always remained open. “We’re here, and 99 percent of the time we pick up the phone, even after hours. We want to make sure we’re a resource to our customers.”
Something’s working, because Shine now has a roster of more than 150 pros. The company just recently shipped a new black fade over cherry red lacquer 6-piece kit to Stephen “Spyder” Dubose, the current drummer for Sly And The Family Stone. “I’m most proud of the quality of the drums,” says Staples. “There’s a lot of little things we do, like putting thread locker on the interior screws, or die-cast claws on the kick drums. The drummers may not notice it until they get the kit home, but they appreciate it.”
One of the more unusual kits Staples has built featured a tree-bark finish on the outside of the drums, specially designed for the band Forever The Sickest Kids. The material looks and feels like tree bark, but it’s made of vulcanized rubber.
Contact Shine Custom Drums & Percussion, 3444 Swetzer Road, Suite C, Loomis, CA 95650. 916-652-8053. shinedrums.com