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PROMARK Hot Rod Sticks 

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Use Pro-Mark Hot Rod drumsticks to create fresh new dimensions of sound. Hot Rod sticks are a Pro-Mark original handmade in the USA of select birch d...Click To Read More About This Product

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When regular sticks are too loud and brushes are too soft, Hot Rods are just right.

Use Pro-Mark Hot Rod drumsticks to create fresh new dimensions of sound. Hot Rod sticks are a Pro-Mark original handmade in the USA of select birch dowels. Hot Rod sticks have a lively, natural rebound. Hot Rods were developed for drummers who want a lighter sound than regular sticks, but with more attack than brushes. In recent years, Pro-Mark Hot Rods have become increasingly popular all over the world in all styles of music.

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  • Bundled birch dowels

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PROMARKHot Rod Sticks
 
4.5

(based on 94 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (24)
  • Functional (23)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Improves sound (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Concerts (13)
  • Back-up (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

hot rod stix & musicians friend - review

These sticks last a lot longer if one adds an additional wrap (duct tape) about an inch from the business end of the stick. It does not make an appreciable difference in the...Read complete review

These sticks last a lot longer if one adds an additional wrap (duct tape) about an inch from the business end of the stick. It does not make an appreciable difference in the tone one gets when striking the drum but does reduce the incidence of splintering. They still will do that if you strike a cymbal with the tip of the stick instead of the edge. But, they no longer will splinter just from a rim shot. They seem to last for about 20 hours of playing -- pretty expensive when you think about it. But I really like the tone they produce and so do the others in the bands I have played with (we do not blast the airwaves).
By the way, I received the order in two business days even though I did not pay for it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent

My main issue is sound and duribility. If you're desperate for a silencer tool, Just buy a set of mufflers and use a regular pair of wooden sticks. The problem with sound is...Read complete review

My main issue is sound and duribility. If you're desperate for a silencer tool, Just buy a set of mufflers and use a regular pair of wooden sticks. The problem with sound is that nothing sounds as full or rich while using the bamboo hot rods. That's not my main problem though, I could cope with the sound. It's the duribility that is a never-ending problem. Before our band obtained working amps and monitors I had to play much more quietly. I played fairly lightly for an hour and there was just a couple pieces remaining. So My main recomendation is just to purchase amplifiers to kill some of the drum volume or if you can't afford it just pick up mufflers.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

hot rod stix & musicians friend - review

By grand poobah

from rolla, missouri

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Wear Out Rapidly

Best Uses

  • When Less Volume Required

Comments about PROMARK Hot Rod Sticks:

These sticks last a lot longer if one adds an additional wrap (duct tape) about an inch from the business end of the stick. It does not make an appreciable difference in the tone one gets when striking the drum but does reduce the incidence of splintering. They still will do that if you strike a cymbal with the tip of the stick instead of the edge. But, they no longer will splinter just from a rim shot. They seem to last for about 20 hours of playing -- pretty expensive when you think about it. But I really like the tone they produce and so do the others in the bands I have played with (we do not blast the airwaves).
By the way, I received the order in two business days even though I did not pay for it!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great

By GCH

from Washington, DC

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good For Small Venues
  • Good Quality
  • Remarkable Bounce

Cons

  • Sharp Edges

Best Uses

    Comments about PROMARK Hot Rod Sticks:

    Astonishing that I've played for nearly forty years and only tried these recently. I really like them for quiet playing and small rooms. Four stars instead of five because the tips are very sharps and will chip coating on coated heads within a few minutes of playing. This can be remedied by sanding a bevel on the outside edge of the bundle using a drill press and sanding drum. Once this mod is made, five stars.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    These are great!

    By Gil Pulliam

    from so cal.

    Comments about PROMARK Hot Rod Sticks:

    These are great to use if you play in low to medium volume gigs and they really do give everything a nice sound. I like them because I can really get a large dynamic of volume with them pretty easily. I noticed a few folks complain about the rods breaking or being chipped or not sounding good on your snare. Do this - about and inch down from the top of the stick, wrap about and inch wide peice of duct take around 2-3 times, make sure its a tight wrap. This really extends the life of them and allows you to get more crack out of your snare and little more precision out of your symbals.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    PERFECT

    By bennygooslin

    from McCarr Ky

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about PROMARK Hot Rod Sticks:

        I have nothing bad to say about these sticks! I've used them for years! These may not be for everybody but I play in church and a lot of the times, these are perfect! Of course these are not for aggressive playing but with acoustic music or contemporary christian music , these are perfect!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Acoustic Show Sticks

        By Islandboy

        from North Pennsy

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional

        Cons

        • Depending on your playing, splinter may occur

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Small Venues, acoustic shows

        Comments about PROMARK Hot Rod Sticks:

        I only rated them a 4 because they may splinter after one show if you are an aggressive drummer. I can get about 2-3 4 hour show out of these playing a small acoustic show.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        These are the rods to buy!!!!!!!!

        By SoundMan

        from North Mississippi

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about PROMARK Hot Rod Sticks:

          Thee rods are the only ones to spend your money on. I've bought about ALL of the cheaper ones and even some more expensive. None will hold up and stay together like these. Definitely pro grade equipment.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          like these things

          By caddis

          from Sagle, ID

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • They tips tend to separate rather quickly.

          Best Uses

          • Smaller quieter settings

          Comments about PROMARK Hot Rod Sticks:

          Play in a church band and these are the ticket for lower volume. A lot thicker than a 5A so don't expect to roll with these but surprisingly they have good bounce. The tips started separating but no prob, I just put some reinforced fiberglass shipping tape (3/4" wide) about an inch or so from the end and they work fine and should last a lot longer. Liked them so much, ordered another pair right away.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice sound

          By Shamus

          from New Hampshire

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about PROMARK Hot Rod Sticks:

              I call these "soft sticks" cause that's the nice sound they give you. In between brushes and sticks, these work well for quieter songs and for some smaller venues. I use mine a lot just for practicing cause my practice room is rather small and so I don't drive the neighbors batty. They also have their own distinct sound for your creative juices. Response on the heads is pretty good, about what you'd expect from "soft sticks". They do tend to wear semi-quickly as the individual rods break off occasionally but quite a few can break before needing replacing. I like these overall. I recommend buying a couple pairs.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I use these exclusively..

              By dave

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Small, quiet venues

                Comments about PROMARK Hot Rod Sticks:

                As they break in, they sound even 'warmer'.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Product and Price

                By Nick B.

                from Ohio

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about PROMARK Hot Rod Sticks:

                  Great Product for the 1/2 to 1/4 of the price, Compared to local Music Stores.These sticks work great for quite playing and practicing in an open area with other around (Such as a house).

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