A Custom vs Mastersounds

Hey guys,

I've almost certainly decided that I am going to opt into buying a pair of either the A customs or the mastersounds but apart from the price, what is the real difference between them?

Thanks in advance :)


Platinum Member
I was forced to make the same decision not so long ago and I opted for the Mastersound A Customs because they had a more defined foot chick. A Customs in general are thinner than New Beats (med-thin top/medium bottom vs. medium top/heavy bottom) so it should come as no surprise that some of the heft will not be there on the A Customs. Taking the Mastersound option fills in some of that gap. I had the ACMS hats and NBs and loved them both, but the ACMS hats were more sensitive and once I got used their lighter playing, came to prefer them for many things.

I never considered the reg AC hats, though. My experience with them is that they didn't have as much cut as I would have liked. They actually felt weak to me, but I don't gravitate toward sloshier hats anyway. If that's your thing, then maybe the regulars will work for you better. Best to keep these things in mind when you go try them yourself.
Okay, thanks for the advice. I will try them both anyway but I personally prefer a much crisper hi hat and the MC obviously sounds like it's going to be better for me. Thanks a lot :)


Senior Member
Ive owned my 14" A custom mastersounds for a few years now and find theyre very versatile and cut like no other


Gold Member
The A Customs made now are thicker than when they first came out and the hihats are no exception. I had a pair of the 13 " A Custom Mastersounds from when they were first introduced and I was shocked at how much heavier the new ones are.

The A Custom mastersounds are great cymbals- the foot check is really pronounced and they have a great sloshy half open sound.