Choosing a Snare Drum by Genre

From Folk, Funk, and Jazz to Classic Rock, Metal, and Punk

One of the best things about drum sets is their inherent modularity. Drummers can piece together their very own, bespoke kits out of a variety of brands and drum models that suit their specific tastes, music genre, and playing style. And, arguably, the centerpiece of that kit is the snare.

In the video above, drummer Jessica Burdeaux shows off five very different vintage/used snare drums, all with characteristics that make them great choices for their given genre and styles of playing. Check it out above, and scroll through the guide below to shop for the perfect snare for you right here on Reverb.

The Best Snare Drums on Reverb

Check out the most popular snare drums on Reverb right now, updated daily.

The Best-Selling Snare Drums on Reverb

Folk Music

Deep-Tuned Drums for '60s-Style Sounds

Alternatives with the Same 6-Lug Construction


Tight, Dry, and Crisp

8-Lug Aluminum Alternatives

Classic Rock

Heavy, Like Led Zeppelin and Van Halen

Deep-Dish Aluminum Alternatives


Sensitive Response, Wide Tuning Range

Vintage Chrome Over Brass Alternatives

Hard Rock

For Metal Heads and Punk Players

Bronze-Shelled Alternatives

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