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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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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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  • Ergonomically designed handle
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  • Super-hard polyurethane cover
  • Vibration-reduction system

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AheadDrumsticks
 
4.3

(based on 275 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (181)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (7)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), 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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Ahead sticks

    By 

    from vermilion ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          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

            Verified Buyer

            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

              By 

              from Indiana

              About Me Experienced

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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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                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Nice, but not durable

                    By 

                    from Guadalajara

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Pros

                    • Astonishing Look
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Quality
                    • Light
                    • Shock Absorbing

                    Cons

                    • Lose Sensitivity
                    • Not Durable As Described

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Heavy Metal
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

                    I was eager to get these sticks, as I was tired of cleaning my set and carpet, also having the idea of super durable sticks that I could rely on at any practice or live gig.

                    The tips and shells need to be adjusted oftentimes, I was surprised after 4 months of use, I was hitting the bell of my ride cymbal with the shoulder of the stick, when the stick suddenly broke up, yes the metal/aluminium body split in 2 parts. The second stick did behave as well the next week.

                    Then I came back to my Vic Firth's and they lasted almost 9 months, for a 1/3 part of Ahead's price.

                    I also noticed that these sticks are not very suitable for other genders, I mean you lose a lot of feeling on your hands, they do reduce a lot the vibration.

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                    4.0

                    Dependable to the end

                    By 

                    from Corvallis Oregon

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

                        I've had this pair for 10+ years, but probably only clocked about 5 years of use. I've replace the sleeves about 4 times now, mainly due to under skilled technique. They transfer less shock through the stick but in my opinion don't have as varied tone for rim knocks and snare tonal effects. I switch out for reggae or musical styles that use more of the wooden stick's sound profile but for straight rock they're great. I'm ordering a new pair to replace the one I broke.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

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

                        By 

                        from S Florida

                        About Me Experienced

                        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...

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