Heavy On The 2 And 4

By Andy Doerschuk Published July 24, 2009

Didn't know there would be a test, did you?

What do you hear when Phil Rudd hammers home a beat with AC/DC? You hear kick on the 1 and 3 and snare on the 2 and 4, and little else. It's a thing of beauty in its utter rock-and-roll simplicity.

So with the release of Sonor's Phil Rudd Signature snare drum you can capture at least half of the Aussie legend's secret formula. Constructed of brushed chrome over a brass shell, the snare measures 14" by 5", includes die-cast hoops, and features a special signature badge with Rudd's autograph.

Rudd, who has road-tested the prototype for his new snare drum during AC/DC's Black Ice tour, commented in his inimitably cryptic fashion, "Yeah, my snare sound involves the total whomping of the whole thing!" Okay then; that's probably the closest thing to an endorsement we're going to get.

The drum retails for $659, has a MAP price of $399 and will be available Fall 2009.