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Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes   

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Steve Gadd and Vic Firth have solved the age-old problem of wire brushes snagging on new coated drumheads. By slightly angling the wires in the top 3...Read More

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A hip trick now revealed by the master.

Steve Gadd and Vic Firth have solved the age-old problem of wire brushes snagging on new coated drumheads. By slightly angling the wires in the top 3/4" of the playing end, Steve Gadd wire brushes glide across the drum head with a smooth sweep and a velvet swish sound. The angled wires also increase surface contact to generate increased volume.

FEATURES
  • Solves problem of wire brushes snagging on new coated drumhead
  • Slightly angled wires in the top 3/4" of playing end
  • Smoother sweep
  • Velvet swish sound

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Vic FirthSteve Gadd Wire Brushes
 
4.8

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (12)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Functional (10)
  • Improves sound (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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The Steve Gadd Brushes are great! The design is one of those ideas that make you wonder, "Why didn't someone think of this sooner?" They give a nice, solid...Read complete review

The Steve Gadd Brushes are great! The design is one of those ideas that make you wonder, "Why didn't someone think of this sooner?" They give a nice, solid "swish", especially on a newer coated drumhead. The tips of the wires, being angled away from the drumhead, simply don't snag on the coating of the head. And, these brushes just invite you to try new techniques, like applying more pressure to your swish without worrying about the dreaded "snag." Certain special techniques, like laying the open brush on the snare head and rolling it back and forth have a different feel with these brushes. And, a single-stroke roll requires a slightly different approach, due to the fact that there is more actual metal brush area in contact with the head. But these minor adjustmens aren't problems, just new ways of playing!For some inspirational brush playing, you might check out Jeff Hamilton and Steve Smith playing "Salt Peanuts" on YouTube. Just two drummers with brushes and two snare drums. Steve Smith is using Vic Firth's traditional brush (the ones with the purple handle) and Jeff Hamilton is using his Regal Tip signature model. Neither of these have the Gadd bent wires feature, but you'll be amazed at the tasteful brushwork.Anyway, nice comfortable rubber handle, smooth retraction, reliable locking mechanism (full spread or a bit thinner) and that always-reliable Vic Firth quality.Twenty-some dollars isn't cheap, especially these days, but you won't be disappointed. And, unless you play very hard, these brushes are very durable and sturdy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Way too quiet and flimsy!

These brushes are insanely quiet. The wire isn't stiff wire, like ordinary wire brushes, that produces that crisp, clear, but accoustic sounding style. The wies on the brushes are very flimsy,...Read complete review

These brushes are insanely quiet. The wire isn't stiff wire, like ordinary wire brushes, that produces that crisp, clear, but accoustic sounding style. The wies on the brushes are very flimsy, not bad quality, just the preference of whoever buys them I guess. I wanted that great tone that I've been hearing on my favorite artists' records, but found out that, by experience, this wasn't that kind of brush. If you're looking to record an accoustic session, I would not reccomend. Try to look into brushes that are stiffer. I don't know why people have liked these brushes, but as my personal preference and advice to everybody else, go with something else. These are not my cup of tea, and are having to buy other brushes to replace them, even though I don't even think I hve the money now. Good luck with your choice! Hope I've helped :)))

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5.0

They work well.

By Cato

from New York, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

      They make it easier to produce a smooth brush sound.

       
      5.0

      these are the ones

      By Murdog

      from Ga

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

        Yup! Nice substantial feel, huge "swoosh", articulate. Highest quality. Indents on wire handle for easy seleection.

         
        5.0

        Jazz

        By Dusty

        from Upstate ny

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

            Quali product .

             
            5.0

            Strumming On

            By Doc

            from Au Sable Forks, NY

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup

              Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

              Nice back up for our Grey Blues Band

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great digs....

              By Heypockyway

              from W Philly, PA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

                These brushes are great for any application... Absolutely awesome... Gadd is the man...

                 
                5.0

                Brushes that really rock!!!

                By Snare Man

                from Columbia, SC

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

                    I play in an Alt-Bluegrass band and am on the road a lot.....I decided a few years ago I started using a snare drum with brushes to keep things simple and have and "Old School" feel.....I have tried different brushes and these have been the best so far!....The last pair I owned lasted 2 years (actually they are still my back ups but have lost a lot of the wires).....I tried a couple other brands but they didn't hold up over the long haul (one pair lasted ONE GIG before the wood handles cracked).....I bought this new pair and have been glad about the response, clarity and durability of the product....I HIGHLY recommend these!

                     
                    5.0

                    Sound and feel great

                    By Joevito

                    from Rhode Island

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Grip
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts

                      Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

                      good quality

                       
                      5.0

                      Just what I wanted

                      By G-Pas

                      from Arizona

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup

                        Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

                        Durable and comfortable to use. Pleasantly adjustable.

                         
                        5.0

                        Best Brushes I've ever used!!

                        By blake100blake

                        from Westfield, IN

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Feel Great
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality
                        • Great Swish
                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Acoustic
                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Jazz
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

                          I've used many different brushes, many different brands, many different styles. But they all have the same problem when using coated heads: the tips of the wires catch on the coating of the heads. Using these, that problem is completely eliminated, and sound is im[roved. These are the brushes I've been looking for, they're incredible! I would definitely use these in any situation, no matter what.

                          (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          Way too quiet and flimsy!

                          By Parkerthemusicman

                          from The Woodlands, TX

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                          Ask me a question

                          Comments about Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brushes:

                          These brushes are insanely quiet. The wire isn't stiff wire, like ordinary wire brushes, that produces that crisp, clear, but accoustic sounding style. The wies on the brushes are very flimsy, not bad quality, just the preference of whoever buys them I guess. I wanted that great tone that I've been hearing on my favorite artists' records, but found out that, by experience, this wasn't that kind of brush. If you're looking to record an accoustic session, I would not reccomend. Try to look into brushes that are stiffer. I don't know why people have liked these brushes, but as my personal preference and advice to everybody else, go with something else. These are not my cup of tea, and are having to buy other brushes to replace them, even though I don't even think I hve the money now. Good luck with your choice! Hope I've helped :)))

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