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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 281 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (186)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (14)
  • Functional (12)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (10)
  • Practicing (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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 sticks and a good price.

By Andresean

from Minneapolis, Minnesota

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

    I use these sticks about 90% of the time when performing. They help reduce fatigue in my wrist when playing long shows.

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    4.0

    Durable for all but heavy metal

    By Electric Eccentric

    from Socorro, NM

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • If plastic tip unscrews, threads can damage head

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Primary usage

    Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

    For most drummers, these are almost indestructible.

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    5.0

    i would buy this product again.

    By none

    from Burgaw NC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Ahead Drumsticks:

      Playing in musical group.love these drum sticks.

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      5.0

      great for electronic kits

      By N/A

      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 SDtevieG

        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 Judy B

            from Nebraska

            Verified Buyer

            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 Rob

              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 Hail Wolfifer

              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 Chadwick

                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

                By tystick

                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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