Yamaha Stage Custom Birch Review (2020) – Right Kit for You?

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When it comes to musical instruments, Yamaha is the one names that even non-musicians recognize. They’re a broad company, providing all types of instruments with every single one of them having a certain high quality standard.

The Yamaha Stage Custom has been on the market for years and years and it is still one of the best drum kit options on the market. It’s priced as an intermediate kit but covers a whole spectrum of sound and levels of drummers. So the question now would be if it’s the right kit for you?



Yamaha Stage Custom Birch
- Overview

The kit comes as a shell pack with the following drum sizes:

  • 5.5” x 14” snare drum
  • 7” x 10” high tom
  • 8” x 12” middle tom
  • 15” x 16” floor tom
  • 17” x 22” kick drum

The only other part included with the kit is a mount for the rack toms that connects to the kick drum.

  • Yamaha build quality
  • Affordable
  • Great price to value ratio
  • Versatile
  • Durable
  • Snare drum isn’t as good as the rest of the kit

Build Quality

Yamaha products have a reputation for high build quality. The Stage Custom Birch kit lives up perfectly to this reputation, having a lot of build features borrowed from Yamaha’s higher end kits.

The drums have low-mass lugs that cause the shells to vibrate freely, giving the drums a pure tone with a lot of sustain and resonance. These lugs allow you to tune the drums pretty easily. This is a great feature since tuning can become a bit of a chore in entry-level and intermediate drum kits.

The drums have the Yamaha Enhanced Sustain System which stops contact between the hardware and the shell, stopping any interference and letting the drums vibrate. This suspension system lets you place the rack toms very closely together, giving you a lot of position options. This makes the Stage Custom a very comfortable kit to play on.

The toms are connected to ball-in-socket mounts that attach to the kick drum. The kick drum has die-cast claw hooks with rubber insertion plates to help reduce unwanted noise.

Overall, the build quality of the Stage Custom is very high, making it comfortable and extremely durable. This kit is going to last you a long time if taken care of properly.

Sound Quality 

The shells of the Stage Custom are made from 100% birch which gives the drums sharpness and punch. The birch is imported from China, which is what reduces the costs of making this drum kit.

The rack toms are punchy and resonant while the floor tom has a significant thud. The kick drum has a round tone that you will feel every time you kick the pedal. All the drums have musical overtones that create a nice open sound. If you don’t want the drums to ring so much, you can easily just add some muffling to them.

The snare has a moderately good sound with a great rimshot crack. It’s quite responsive, reacting well to hard playing and soft ghost notes. However, the sound quality of the snare drum isn’t as great as the rest of the kit, making it the weak point.

It will work for beginners and intermediate players, but pro players will quickly want to swap it out for something better.

These drums have a wide tuning range. However, you’ll find that they sound best when tuned somewhere in the middle. This makes them versatile, working for a lot of different situations. They just won’t be the absolute best choice for certain situations.

For example, they’ll work just fine for a jazz gig, they just won’t be the best option for a jazz gig. The Stage Custom Birch kit is great for rock, metal, hip hop, and alternative styles.

Overall, you won’t find better sounding drums at this price point. This is why the Stage Custom is such a popular drum kit. You’d just need to replace the stock drumheads to get the absolute best sound that you can.

Visuals

The great thing about Yamaha’s drum kits is that their appearances are pretty uniform. The lower-end kits share a lot of qualities with the higher-end kits. The Stage Custom doesn’t look very different to the Tour Custom or the Absolute Hybrid, meaning it’s a professional looking drum kit!

The Stage Custom has 5 different finish options. These include Cranberry Red, Honey Amber, Natural Wood, Pure White, and Raven Black. All the finishes have a single color that fills the whole shell and makes the drums look very clean.

The Natural Wood finish is particularly interesting, since it makes the drum kit look like it just came straight out the factory.

The Y.E.S.S mounting system holds the appearance of the kit together, giving the drums a tight feel from a front point of view. The toms can be mounted onto cymbal stands if you have extra clamps. A lot of people prefer how that looks, so it’s great that this kit has that option.

The Yamaha logo is boldly displayed on the resonant kick drum head, showing the whole world that you proudly play Yamaha drums.


Conclusion

It’s important to remember that this kit just comes as a shell pack. It doesn’t include hardware or cymbals. If you’re an intermediate or pro player who already has some equipment, this won’t be a problem.

However, if you’re a beginner who’s looking to buy a kit, you’d have to get hardware and cymbals separately, causing you to spend a bit more money.

The Yamaha Stage Custom Birch shell pack is an absolute bargain when it comes to price and value. This kit sounds amazing, looks great and is has durability that will make it last many years. It can definitely be the right kit for you as long as you make sure that you have hardware and cymbals to go along with it.

Brett Clur

About Brett Clur

Brett has been playing drums for 18+ years. He's a huge drumming gear enthusiast and also teaches drumming to his students. He's most active on Instagram (@brettclurdrums), where he regularly uploads drumming videos.

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