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Ahead Drumsticks  5B

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Ahead Drumsticks are truly ahead of their time. Ergonomically tuned handle diameters. Precision alloy core provides negligible weight and balance var...Read More

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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.

Drumsticks as advanced as your technique.

FEATURES
  • Ergonomically designed handle
  • Precision alloy core
  • Super-hard polyurethane cover
  • Vibration-reduction system

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4.3

(based on 278 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (184)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (11)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Functional (9)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

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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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5.0

great for electronic kits

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from Leadwood, Missouri

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

    The sticks are a little tip heavy, but they sure absorb some of the shock for your wrists. They definitely help when playing a electronic kit with hard rubber pads!

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    5.0

    Drum Sticks

    By 

    from Holbrook NY

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 5B sticks works best for me i have a larger hand
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

        I love both AHead 5B sticks and Zildjen anti vibe sticks both work great for me.

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        5.0

        Drumsticks

        By 

        from Nebraska

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

          I buy these sticks every year for my son who is a drummer. He loves them, and these are the only sticks that he will use.

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          4.0

          Good Quality

          By 

          from Cleveland Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          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

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Only Drumsticks Ever

          By 

          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.

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            5.0

            Long lasting convenience.

            By 

            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.

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            3.0

            Ahead sticks

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            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.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            May have their place

            By 

            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.

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              5.0

              Great gift

              By 

              from Davenport,IA

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

                my brother loved them he uses them for his shows and band practice.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Quality drum sticks

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                from Indiana

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                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.

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