Does Abe’s kit or playing style give you anything particular to worry about on tour?
"Abe’s a great player, and he hits pretty hard, so I definitely have to make sure everything’s locked down tight before each show. I keep trying to get him on a rack, it would make my life a bit easier, but he likes to use stands, so that’s what we have right now!"
You’re using an interesting choice of snare head on this kit...
"Abe’s snare sound is a real characteristic of Deftones’ live set and I had an idea a while ago to use a marching snare head, to give us that real ‘crack’, but from a head that holds up to the abuse he gives it. It’s a Remo Black Max, which looks cool too!
"Other than that, it’s a pretty standard set-up, with a few nice little twists. Abe likes big hats, so we have him on 15"s with a big 22" A Custom ride and 20" and 21" crashes. But there’s also a couple of smaller K splashes in there too, to give extra flavour.
"The Starclassic itself is a fantastic kit and Abe’s using fairly large sizes, with a 22"x18" kick, so it sounds huge."
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