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Ahead Drumsticks  5B

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Drumsticks as advanced as your technique.

Ahead Drumsticks are truly ahead of their time. Ergonomically tuned handle diameters. Precision alloy core provides negligible weight and balance variations. Super-hard replacement polyurethane covers protect both sticks and gear. Vibration-reduction system reduces hand fatigue. Aluminum drumsticks with replaceable nylon sleeves.

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  • Vibration-reduction system

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AheadDrumsticks
 
4.3

(based on 282 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (186)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (15)
  • Functional (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (11)
  • Practicing (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Quality

The sticks feel un balanced. My opinion is they are very tip heavy.

I bought them because I was told they reduced vibration, but I cannot tell the difference between hollow...Read complete review

The sticks feel un balanced. My opinion is they are very tip heavy.

I bought them because I was told they reduced vibration, but I cannot tell the difference between hollow aluminum or solid wood

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Is there a "0" rating?

Don't waste your money or your time, brethren. Wood sticks last 3 TIMES AS LONG as the sleeves, at least for my style of play. I'd rather spend my energy dusting off drums...Read complete review

Don't waste your money or your time, brethren. Wood sticks last 3 TIMES AS LONG as the sleeves, at least for my style of play. I'd rather spend my energy dusting off drums than spending countless minutes and hours messing with supergluing tips and baking/blowdrying sleeves, IF the sticks themselves happen to survive. I went back to my Pro Mark All American Hickory 2B's and haven't looked back. While the idea of an unbreakable stick is innovative, some massively better quality control is needed to justify the cost per-pair.
So I bought a pair of 5B's, thinking that my days of constantly cleaning sawdust off my beautiful DWs and shelling out $$ to replace broken sticks were over. Boy was I dead wrong. Snapped right in two at the collar (with the sleeve still pristine) after about 2 weeks of playing. LIKE AN IDIOT, I shelled out another $$ on 2B's to replace them. Thinking it was just bad luck. SNAP, same thing after 3 weeks. The only good feature about these is they don't leave sawdust all over everything. Hence the "2" rating.
The shafts are hollow aluminum, folks. NOT durable at all, especially if you play a lot of rimshots (which I do). The tips fly off at any given moment, poking holes in all but the strongest of heads. Sure, you can superglue them, but that makes replacing the sleeves a tad difficult. They probably would be better suited to less aggressive styles of music than hard rock or metal, but sadly that's the demographic Ahead markets toward.
No value at all. The sleeves wear out rather quickly (if you don't break the shaft anyway) so you'll still be constantly buying replacement sleeves, new heads after the tips fly off and break them, and lots of cymbal polish to remove the scuff marks the tips leave before they fly off. The grip absolutely sucks so you have to spend even more on grip tape or gloves just to hold on to the things. I ate $$ on two pairs of sticks and replacement sleeves over the span of just over a month. which is TWICE as much as I spend on wood sticks in the same timeframe.

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(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Is there a "0" rating?

By Joseph Sumrall

from unspecified

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Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

Don't waste your money or your time, brethren. Wood sticks last 3 TIMES AS LONG as the sleeves, at least for my style of play. I'd rather spend my energy dusting off drums than spending countless minutes and hours messing with supergluing tips and baking/blowdrying sleeves, IF the sticks themselves happen to survive. I went back to my Pro Mark All American Hickory 2B's and haven't looked back. While the idea of an unbreakable stick is innovative, some massively better quality control is needed to justify the cost per-pair.
So I bought a pair of 5B's, thinking that my days of constantly cleaning sawdust off my beautiful DWs and shelling out $$ to replace broken sticks were over. Boy was I dead wrong. Snapped right in two at the collar (with the sleeve still pristine) after about 2 weeks of playing. LIKE AN IDIOT, I shelled out another $$ on 2B's to replace them. Thinking it was just bad luck. SNAP, same thing after 3 weeks. The only good feature about these is they don't leave sawdust all over everything. Hence the "2" rating.
The shafts are hollow aluminum, folks. NOT durable at all, especially if you play a lot of rimshots (which I do). The tips fly off at any given moment, poking holes in all but the strongest of heads. Sure, you can superglue them, but that makes replacing the sleeves a tad difficult. They probably would be better suited to less aggressive styles of music than hard rock or metal, but sadly that's the demographic Ahead markets toward.
No value at all. The sleeves wear out rather quickly (if you don't break the shaft anyway) so you'll still be constantly buying replacement sleeves, new heads after the tips fly off and break them, and lots of cymbal polish to remove the scuff marks the tips leave before they fly off. The grip absolutely sucks so you have to spend even more on grip tape or gloves just to hold on to the things. I ate $$ on two pairs of sticks and replacement sleeves over the span of just over a month. which is TWICE as much as I spend on wood sticks in the same timeframe.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Ahead sticks

By tystick

from vermilion ohio

About Me Professional Musician

Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

I've liked the feel and balance with stick wrap on them. I've used many pairs over the years. Different sizes. I am a light player. Country and some light jazz. Great for carpall tunnel users and heavy hitters. (for shock) They just don't last long and too costly and LIMITED Warranty. They are thin walled hollow aluminum with plastic sleeves. The big guys get endorsed with them naturally. Advertisement is everything.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

May have their place

By GCH

from Washington, DC

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

    Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

    You could compare the Ahead aluminum stick to wooden sticks like an aluminum baseball bat compares to a wooden one. There may be advantages, the big disadvantage being how jarring the aluminum is.

    Benefits include that the sticks never warp, and the expense if offset by replaceable tips and tapers. They are heavier than regular drum sticks, and I don't care for the way they feel.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not so indestructible

    By NateW

    from spokane WA

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    Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

    The math adds up to buy these but the headache isn't worth it. I play in a worship band twice a week and break these every two months, while when I play with $10 wooden sticks I break a pair a week. So it might be more economically friendly to buy these but after going through all the pain of replacing the $4 sleeves every week (which includes heating them up with haird dryer, baking them, or boiling them) new tips, and grip tape, it's just not worth it. Especially since they make your cymbals sound dull, and toms sound dead. After three pairs of the speed metal sticks and all 6 of them breaking at the base of the stick were the sleeve was never worn, I might as well spend the extra money on something that doesn't destroy the sound of my drums and cause me to worry about them breaking without notice.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Quality

    By Rob

    from Cleveland Ohio

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    Pros

    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Un Balanced

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

    The sticks feel un balanced. My opinion is they are very tip heavy.

    I bought them because I was told they reduced vibration, but I cannot tell the difference between hollow aluminum or solid wood

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Only Drumsticks Ever

    By Hail Wolfifer

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

      don't buy wooden sticks. they are unreliable, and ultimately WILL break. these sticks are light enough to accomplish any style/genre crossover.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Long lasting convenience.

      By Chadwick

      from Toms River, NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Assembly Can Be Tricky
      • Different Sound

      Best Uses

      • Practice How You Preform

      Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

      I played in a band for several years and halfway through I got my hands on a pair of these. Very reliable, I didn't have an issue with going through sleeves, though the aluminum shaft did eventually meet it's match with me.

      The sounds they generate are consistent, however particularly on cymbals they have a distinct difference from wood, even nylon tipped wood.

      That being said, practice how you preform, don't go switching to these for all of your practice and then expect everything to sound the same going back to wood for shows. Always have a backup too, if these break you can't just use the broken shaft like with wood.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Quality drum sticks

      By Msnell

      from Indiana

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

      I have played with these sticks for the past 10 years. I have found they hold up well and occasionally need the tips replaced. In 10 years I have went through 4 pairs with about one set of replacement tips per set. I don't change the sleeves because they are a pain and find that just buying a new set works better. Well worth the money.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      NO wood chips or dust to clean up and...

      By JimmyJams

      from S Florida

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • No Wood Chips Everywhere
      • The Grip Is Good

      Cons

      • The Hand Grips Wear Out
      • The Sheaths Will Crack
      • The Tips Come Loose

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

      I have had 3 pairs of the 5B's for a few years now. I used them for months every day and after cracking two Zildjian A Custom Crashes and a hybrid I stopped for about a year. I am a powerful player... I play a few hours a day so wooden sticks leave my drums and carpet covered with shavings and wood dust. I can't deal with that all over my Masterworks kit so I went back to these. The grip is good but it wears out after a few months. The tips come loose so you'll have to put lock tight blue or teflon tape on the threads. The plastic sheaths crack after a few months and they are tough to find. The price is double what these should be but for me it's worth it to not have to spend 10 hours cleaning on and around by beautiful kit... Even with some expensive cracked cymbals. I'm older now and I have money... take your risks accordingly with these...

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good feel, excellent articulation

      By FUSION DRUMMER

      from Oklahoma

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

        I like that both ends are made of the same material because I play with a matched grip and my left hand plays with the butt end of the stick. They also last a very long time before "splitting" without leaving splinters on my drum heads.

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