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Ahead Drumsticks  5BR

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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.

FEATURES
  • Ergonomically designed handle
  • Precision alloy core
  • 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

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (6)
    • Concerts (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Finally left the Dark Ages of wood

    I have been playing the drums for 15 years and was never happy with ANY wood stick I ever bought. I must have tried every stick that ever existed to find that...Read complete review

    I have been playing the drums for 15 years and was never happy with ANY wood stick I ever bought. I must have tried every stick that ever existed to find that "perfect" stick which was flexible to use, light, but powerful at the same time, and didn't leave wood chips all over the floor from rimshots.For years, I hated it, and I wouldn't dare try an all metal stick, as I value my Zildjian Cymbals too much. But then came along AHEAD, and I gave it a shot. I am simply amazed by the performance of these sticks, they feel balanced, light, and I can deliver the energy to the drums just as well. They don't leave woodchips all over the floor, they are extremely durable, and I don't break them as much. Every break a nylon tip? Or crack a wooden tip? No problem! With the AHEADS, you simply replace the tip with a screw-on nylon tip. (Or any other tip you use) Are the sticks metal? Yes and no. The core is metal, but hollowed out, so it's light, and the stick grip (half section of the stick) is metal so it feels comfortable. But the top half of the stick is a covered taper poly plastic material, which absorbs shock when hitting cymbals... (this is important, as it keeps your cymbals from cracking) I'm so sick and tired of ignorant sales reps or "drummers" who think these drumsticks crack your cymbals. Again, i've been using these sticks for years and I have NEVER cracked one single cymbal. Period. Also, this shock absorbent material doesn't effect the sound and feel when playing on the drum heads. So you get your cake and can eat it too.So if you break the stick then what? Well I highly doubt you will snap the stick in half. If you do, you're hosed and will have to buy a new stick. But I can play incredibly hard when the time calls for it, and I have yet to snap one in half. Usually what happens is the cover will split or crack. When this occurs, stop using the stick IMMEDIATELY, and replace the cover. It's that simple. You spend 2-3 bucks on a taper cover and your stick will last you twice, triple, quadruple what your wood sticks last.I look at it like, this was the last pair of sticks I ever bought, and I just "maintain" it, like I do the rest of the kit. Awesome product. I will never go back to 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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    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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    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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      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

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        Cons

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            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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            3.0

            May have their place

            By GCH

            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 MoeMoe

              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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                5.0

                Quality drum sticks

                By Msnell

                from Indiana

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

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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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                      3.0

                      Nice, but not durable

                      By EliasUlrich

                      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 dalelaws

                      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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                          3.0

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

                          By JimmyJams

                          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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