North Custom Drums is an independent drum shell and drum kit build company based in North-West UK. Our experienced team is comprised of drummers and craftspeople who have a passion in music and the Arts.

North Custom Drums’ company ethos is to deliver a collaborative and hands-on experience working with the diverse community of drummers and drum builders. We fully recognise that for many drummers it is a once in a life time opportunity to have the option of building or purchasing a custom-made kit, and as drummers ourselves we treat this with respect.

Andrew McKenna started North Custom Drums as an independent shell builder to revisit the fully hand crafted aspect of drum building from scratch; primarily focussing on research into the most effective way shells could be individually hand manufactured, together with the impact different veneer selections would have on the sound and the look of each drum.

Following on from his innovative ideas and the build quality achieved, North Custom Drums was established in 2015 and began making hand crafted drum shells for an eclectic mix of customers worldwide – from large drum companies through to individual drum builders.  Our snares and kits are still to this day sought out by drummers seeking a fresh new outlook on truly custom drum crafting to fulfil their personal unique sound and aesthetic requirements.

North Custom Drums offer 100% customisable A-Grade veneer plywood raw shells and optional finished shells ready for you to assemble. We work closely with our customers to achieve the unique sound and look they envision for their drums. Alongside our shells, North Custom Drum snares and kits send a clear message to all that you use only the best. A true custom made experience from start to finish.

We are always here to speak to you about your requirements – from your choice of A-Grade veneer and ply for your shell choice through to hand crafted snares and kits. Please contact us at any time. We are looking forward to working with you.


 Andrew McKenna, Founder and Assembly



The final stage – the finished shells are marked, drilled and assembled by hand using a range of top quality hardware from the best manufacturers we can source. This stage involves a large amount of complexity and concentration.





 Dunc, Press Operator



Our shells are made from start to finish with individually handpicked A-grade veneers. We press variations ranging from a 100% veneer of your choice to multiple cross sections and can combine your selection of vertical plies and inlays when requested.





 Joe Ackroyd, Moulding





Having the facilities to mould our own shells allows us to fully customise your plywood shell to create your own unique sound. Our expert moulder has perfected his art over a long period.






Our custom painter has decades of experience across many mediums.  We pride ourselves on offering veneer finishes including satin, high gloss and stains and can paint your selection of flat colours, burst and sparkle and can also incorporate your own logo.


Your Sound – Your Creation