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Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks Wood AJ4

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Developed for the player who is looking for ultimate rebound on the drum and ride cymbal, the American Jazz line consists of 6 models which feature a long taper in the shaft for that great feel! The neck specifications are sizeable enough to create dark cymbal sounds, and the small teardrop tip keeps everything in focus.

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  • Length: 16"
  • Diameter: .595"
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Vic FirthAmerican Jazz Hickory Drumsticks
 
4.8

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

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    (5)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (16)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Functional (12)
  • Improves sound (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Concerts (9)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

AJ3s are just great!

I have returned to amateur drumming after a brief stint as a boy snare drummer in the 1960s. Back then we used Ludwig sticks, big fat #6B to practice and #2A to perform....Read complete review

I have returned to amateur drumming after a brief stint as a boy snare drummer in the 1960s. Back then we used Ludwig sticks, big fat #6B to practice and #2A to perform. My Vic Firth AJ3 sticks are excellent in every way, and are well matched as they produce exactly the same pitch when striking the drum. 100% quality control. I'm still a fairly lame drummer, but have my moments with Vic Firth!

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not as good as the old 8D

the shank has been thinned down (too much) from the old 8D, which had a perfect weight and felt like they 'played themselves'. these are just too light to the tip.

the shank has been thinned down (too much) from the old 8D, which had a perfect weight and felt like they 'played themselves'. these are just too light to the tip.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AJ3s are just great!

By Quim

from El beacho

About Me Novice

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

    I have returned to amateur drumming after a brief stint as a boy snare drummer in the 1960s. Back then we used Ludwig sticks, big fat #6B to practice and #2A to perform. My Vic Firth AJ3 sticks are excellent in every way, and are well matched as they produce exactly the same pitch when striking the drum. 100% quality control. I'm still a fairly lame drummer, but have my moments with Vic Firth!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great blend of speed and balance point

    By Jazzdrummer1955

    from Lake City, FL

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    Pros

    • Fast
    • Jazz

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

        A great jazz stick, same diameter as an 8D but with a long taper. On single stroke rolls I can blaze with these. The balance point is perfect for me because of the long taper, whether I'm playing traditional or matched grip. Its a light stick too. Compared to the Zildjian Super 5A, or the Vater Super Jazz, the VF is lightest, and the cymbal sound with the VF on my ride, is like a velvety silver ping with a dark lush subdued wash. Gentle shoulder crashes are perfectly controlled by your force. This stick brings out the best sounds in your kit whether it's toms, crashes, rides, or snares. I hope they never improve it and destroy what they have here. Now sticks are a personal matter, I am a light hitter so chipping the tip may happen sooner for some. I get at least 6 months out of a pair, and I play 1 hour minimum daily, 6 days a week.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Super Jazz Sticks

        By Dr. A

        from Bend, OR

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound
        • Nice Light Touch

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Jazz Combo

        Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

        For jazz combo work, these are superb sticks. They have a thin diameter with a fine taper that offers a light touch. They are perfectly balanced for playing with precision. I've tried 3 other major brands of jazz stick, but the Vic Firth AJ5 is now my go to stick. If you're a jazzer, I can highly recommend trying these great sticks.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Favorite Sticks

        By Michael-1N0aV

        from Salem, OR

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality

        Cons

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            Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

            Best sticks I have used! They have a great taper and excellent rebound. They come in so many diameters it is easy to find a thickness you like.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AJ6 is the best of this bunch

            By Winged Wheel Watcher

            from Ann Arbor, MI

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            Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

            The AJ6 gives a nice, shaft to hold on to (about a 5A), but the taper is so gradual and the neck is so thin that these absolutley feel great in your hands! Great rebound on the drums, and even better rebound on the ride cymbal! You can play very fast ride patterns a lot easier with the AJ6's. Also, like Vic Firth's ad says it is truly impossible to overplay with these! You can dig in to the ride cymbal as hard as you want to and it will never get out of control (the cymbal or you). Fantastic sticks! Also, if you dig the AJ6, also check out the Pro Mark MJZ 7. It's basically a maple version of the AJ6. You'll actually REQUEST an uptempo jazz tune with these sticks (instead of cringing in fear when "Seven Steps to Heaven" is called, like I used to!)

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Control Yourself With This Stick, AJ6!

            By Little Stevie

            from San Francisco Bay Area

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            Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

            EVery pair of these I have used over the last eight years have been timber matched, and weighted perfectly. The stick allows a heavy type player like myself to be more subdued, musical and play under the soloists. I play all styles with this stick except the blues. I use an AJ-3, light touch and firm head contact or re-bound at my control.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great feel & bance!

            By kevvyB

            from nash

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            Comments about American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

            perfect for ballads/jazz -while playing at moderate volume.
            **also, i believe hickory resists "wear" a little better than my usual fav of maple.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Re-review: take away one star

            By GCH

            from Washington, DC

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

            • Wood Tip Only No Nylon

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

              I'm still using these and like them. The other sticks I use are the Regal Tip Combos and Zildjian 7As. The Combos measure .475" in diameter and are great for jazz. The Z 7A's measure .525" diameter and are the biggest stick I need to use. The Firth 5AJs are a perfect in-between at .490". My only beef with them is that Firth doesn't make them with a nylon tip. Being hickory, the stick plays really well, but the tip splinters quickly on cymbals and for that reason they don't last long. Great sticks, minus one star for not making a nylon tip version. IF ANYONE READING THIS KNOWS OF A HICKORY STICK THAT MEASURES .490" - .510" WITH A NYLON TIP, PLEASE RESPOND AND LET ME KNOW ABOUT IT.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great value and great sound

              By mtonks25

              from St George, UT

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              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

              I have been playing for 6 years and just recently decided to try the American Jazz drumsticks. They are my favorite pair of drumsticks thus far. I'm yet to find a stick that sounds as good as these all around the drums. It gets a great sound from all of the cymbals especially my ride. These drumsticks last a really long time and are very affordable. I would recommend these sticks to any jazz drummer from novice to professional.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Ninja sticks

              By micro

              from idaho

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              Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

              If your looking for light and tough sticks these are it. Really let you "feel" the drums. The tips do break down fast, but by then the stick is ready to be replaced. I can get a few weeks of daily playing out of them. Looking for a nylon tip model, but still love wood.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Outstanding sticks for vintage drums

              By Phonotoneclassic

              from Northern California

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              Pros

              • Authentic Vintage Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                I use these sticks to reproduce authentic vintage drum sound from a 1930s Leedy drum kit with calf skin heads, original vintage cymbals and hi-hat playing syncopated dance music of that era. The AJ4s have exactly the right weight and hardness. They also withstand hitting the side of the paperthin cymbal that's as sharp as a knife. These are not rock music sticks, these sticks are for drummers that want to bring out the fine nuances that make old dance music great.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Jazz sticks for rock?

                By That Guy-KpqOV

                from Southern West Virginia

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                Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                I generally used a 5B but, never really liked them until the shoulder got worn a little. Taking some of the weight off greatly improved my speed. Eventually the stick would break or split and was back to a top heavy stick for a few weeks. This all changed with a my first pair of AJ1s.Great feel,speed,and balance.My only gripe is I wish the bead were just a tiny bit larger.A great all around stick.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice quality and feel.

                By Andy Polay

                from New York

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                Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                I play jazz and experimented with the J2's. Really liked them, but one broke the day of a gig. I was ready to go back to the 5A's I had used before, but as luck would have it, I parked near a music store and was able to try a few different sets of sticks. While they didn't have the J2's in stock, I did find J1's and used them that night. I have since bought several more and they are my primary's now. The shaft gives me the beef I wanted but the weight somehow feels lighter than my 5A's did. The small wood tip sounds great on my K's and I really like the balance. They really glide through those fast ride-triplets and yet sound great when using the shaft for certain applications on all my cymbals including the 'hats. Highly recommended.

                 
                5.0

                Vic firth aj5

                By Joe

                from Chicago

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                    Great price on aj5's

                     
                    5.0

                    Love the aj6

                    By Don

                    from Bridgeton

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                      Bought them a year ago. They've been my mainstay on and off and they're still going strong. They're just a little short. The aj3 is a little longer but it like the taper and tip to stay the same on each model. Too bad

                       
                      5.0

                      Will but again

                      By Mike

                      from St. Petersburg, Florida

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                        Use for performance

                         
                        5.0

                        Vic Firth AJ6

                        By baz

                        from seattle

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                        Pros

                        • Functional
                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

                        • thin tips are easier to break..

                        Best Uses

                        • low volume gigs.. restaurants..

                        Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                        The AJ6 offers unparalleled volume control at softer decibel levels. The narrow bead and shoulders provides superior sonic control. This is the tool that I use the most at gigs. Not recommended for festival work as they break fairly easy, when have to start hitting hard use the butt-end in a pinch.

                         
                        5.0

                        Favorite drum stick.

                        By B Springa

                        from Nashville, TN

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Tips can be easy to break

                        Best Uses

                        • Chops
                        • Concerts
                        • Country
                        • Fusion
                        • Hip Hop
                        • Jazz
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                        First stick I've found that has great tone on toms and cymbals (ride). Light weight for great cymbal stick sound but thick enough to get great volume.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great stick for jazz

                        By buckskinhollow

                        from Hartford, Wi

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                          Can't find anything negative about this stick. Great balance, feel, bounce.

                           
                          5.0

                          Jazz light sticks

                          By Michael

                          from undisclosed

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                          Comments about American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                          love these sticks. light yet strong enough to articulate without digging in. just what we needed

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