Barton Essential maple 3-piece shell packs are all about quality and simplicity. No flashy gimmicks, no formulas bought from third-party manufacturers—Barton makes every shell by hand, from scratch. The process begins with 100% pure North American maple, the source of the big, resonant “all-around” drum sound made famous on countless recordings. Every shell is hand-cut, fitted with solid hardware and vintage-style lugs, and finished with premium lacquers and wraps—and that’s it. Barton doesn’t believe in extras designed to increase prices. These are high-quality, elegant drums that deliver on sound and performance. And working together with Guitar Center, Barton offers these kits at a price working drummers can afford.
Barton Essential Maple 3-Piece Shell Pack with 20 in. Bass Drum Main Features
3-piece maple shell pack in fusion configuration with 20x14” kick, 12x7” tom and 14x14” floor tom
7-ply North American maple shells cut by hand with 45° bearing edges
2.3 mm triple-flange hoops, vintage-style lugs and no-hole traditional mounting
Range of hand-applied finishes for authentic throwback look
Simple, Honest Maple Drums in Versatile “Fusion” Sizes
Working drummers don’t ask for anything complicated—they need drums that sound perfect, last forever and look great on stage. That’s why Barton has created the Essential drum kit series. These kits are born from the desire to create elegant, professional drums that have their priorities in order. These drums feature no gimmicks or proprietary tweaks, which often push prices higher while doing little to improve sound. This 3-piece kit is built to versatile fusion sizes: 20” kick, 12” tom and 14” floor tom, for the right combination of speed and depth.
Hand-Cut From 100% North American Maple
Barton is committed to never using third-party shells for any of their drums. They also avoid mixed formulas and fillers, designing each drum from the bottom up to get the most out of each tonewood. For this 3-piece Essentials maple kit, that means every one of these drums begins with pure North American maple, which is cut and shaped by hand into 7-ply shells. The hand-cut 45° bearing edges ensure the right balance between resonance and low-end wood tone.
Minimalist Vintage-Style Hardware
Barton fits each shell with a single row of “Bread and Butter” lugs, which are elegant but never flashy. The rack tom uses traditional mounting, so that nothing touches the shell except the drumhead and lugs. This also preserves the bass drum, which resonates with full maple tone without the dampening effect of heavy mounting hardware. The toms use 2.3 mm triple-flange hoops. The kick features finished wood hoops with claw hooks and folding rubber-tipped feet.
Finished With Care
From natural satin to vintage sparkle, every Barton finish is applied by hand. For the lacquer sparkle finishes, that means hand-rubbing the glitter onto the shell before applying gloss, ensuring an even coat and unique pattern for every drum. All wraps are genuine Bartex, for durability and authentic vintage pedigree.
Shell pack only. Cymbals, snare and hardware sold separately.
- 3-piece maple shell pack in versatile “fusion” configuration
7-ply maple shells crafted from scratch and cut with 45° inner bearing edges
Hardware includes classic Bread and Butter lugs and 2.3 mm triple-flange hoops
Range of hand-applied lacquer finishes
Cymbals, hardware and snare not included