Re: Best heads for a gretsch usa custom?
Stick with single ply. The USA Customs are a tiny bit larger diameter than other companies' drums, and there can be problems getting double ply heads to seat properly. I had a hell of a time getting a 12" Pinstripe head to tune up properly.
I alternate between clear and coated Remo Ambassador heads, top and bottom, as well as the bass drum. On the snare I use a coated clear dot.
If you do decide to go with double ply, crank the head on very tight, and leave it there for at least an hour. Then loosen it to finger tight, and tension it normally.