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Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks Wood AJ2

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Overview

  • Length: 16"
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $14.50 - $15.25
  • Your Savings:
    up to - $7.56
  • New Starting At:
    $769
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  • Wood AJ2

    $8.49 Top Rated

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  • Wood AJ5

    $8.49 Top Rated

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  • Wood J1

    $7.69 Top Rated

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  • Wood AJ3

    $7.69 Top Rated

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  • Wood AJ4

    $7.69 Top Rated

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  • Wood AJ6

    $7.69 Top Rated

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      Developed for the player who is looking for ultimate rebound on the drum and ride cymbal, the American Jazz line consists of 6 models which feature a long taper in the shaft for that great feel! The neck specifications are sizeable enough to create dark cymbal sounds, and the small teardrop tip keeps everything in focus.

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      • Length: 16"
       
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      Vic FirthAmerican Jazz Hickory Drumsticks
       
      4.8

      (based on 24 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (20)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (0)

      91%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good quality (8)
      • Easy to use (7)
      • Functional (5)
      • Improves sound (5)

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        AJ3s are just great!

        I have returned to amateur drumming after a brief stint as a boy snare drummer in the 1960s. Back then we used Ludwig sticks, big fat #6B to practice and #2A to perform....Read complete review

        I have returned to amateur drumming after a brief stint as a boy snare drummer in the 1960s. Back then we used Ludwig sticks, big fat #6B to practice and #2A to perform. My Vic Firth AJ3 sticks are excellent in every way, and are well matched as they produce exactly the same pitch when striking the drum. 100% quality control. I'm still a fairly lame drummer, but have my moments with Vic Firth!

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        not as good as the old 8D

        the shank has been thinned down (too much) from the old 8D, which had a perfect weight and felt like they 'played themselves'. these are just too light to the tip.

        the shank has been thinned down (too much) from the old 8D, which had a perfect weight and felt like they 'played themselves'. these are just too light to the tip.

        Reviewed by 24 customers

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        5.0

        A Great Stick for Soft Jazz

        By Bob the drummer

        from Washington Metro area

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Cocktail Jazz
        • Concerts

        Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

        I find these sticks to be perfect in a trio setting behind a vocalist. They have excellent stick definition on the cymbals, and they have the heft that I want in a stick.

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        2.0

        not as good as the old 8D

        By entheo

        from chicago

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

              the shank has been thinned down (too much) from the old 8D, which had a perfect weight and felt like they 'played themselves'. these are just too light to the tip.

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              5.0

              AJ2 - Review

              By M. Johnson

              from Oklahoma, USA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Rebound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                  (AJ2)

                  These are great for fast swing and other styles that require quick rebound and a light(ish) touch. The AJ2 are comparable to standard 5As with a longer taper giving them the quicker response. These still have a thicker butt so rim clicks are as strong as with a regular stick.

                  These make a positive difference with quick ride work when compared to VF normal 5As but you do lose a little bit of power and presumably some durability if you are shoulder crashing cymbals all the time.

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                  5.0

                  top notch

                  By GCH

                  from Washington, DC

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                    I was looking for something thinner than a 5A to play a bit more quietly. These accomplished that, but unexpectly, they made each note on the toms more clear, and the drums sound more open. FYI, the toms were 10, 12, and a 14 floor using Evans coated G12s. The only thing that takes a little getting used to is that the sticks are thin enough that they "give" a little when hitting the heads, but you adjust quickly. If you want a more distinct, open sound on coated heads, give these a try.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Super Jazz Sticks

                    By Dr. A.

                    from Bend, Oregon

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound
                    • Nice Light Touch

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Jazz Combo

                    Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                    For jazz combo work, these are superb sticks. They have a thin diameter with a fine taper that offers a light touch. They are perfectly balanced for playing with precision. I've tried 3 other major brands of jazz stick, but the Vic Firth AJ5 is now my go to stick. If you're a jazzer, I can highly recommend trying these great sticks.

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                    5.0

                    affordable and light

                    By Ranbunctious

                    from Oklahoma City, OK

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Affordable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Light

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Jazz
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                      These are much easier on the cymbals and drum heads. Wanted some very light sticks for practice and lower volume as well. Getting older and don't want LOUD volume. I also like to play with radio and MP3. These don't drown out the sound. Also don't annoy the neighbors and wife as much. They seem to roll easier too. Most affordable light sticks on the net!

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                      4.0

                      Great sounding drumsticks

                      By tonky25

                      from St George, UT

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Don't Last Too Long

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                      These drumsticks sound awesome on our DW set and they make a great sound with the cymbals especially the ride which we use for almost everything we play. I would recommend these drumsticks to anybody.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      AJ3s are just great!

                      By Steverino

                      from Long Beach, CA

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                        I have returned to amateur drumming after a brief stint as a boy snare drummer in the 1960s. Back then we used Ludwig sticks, big fat #6B to practice and #2A to perform. My Vic Firth AJ3 sticks are excellent in every way, and are well matched as they produce exactly the same pitch when striking the drum. 100% quality control. I'm still a fairly lame drummer, but have my moments with Vic Firth!

                        Comment on this review

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Favorite Sticks

                        By Michael-1N0aV

                        from Salem, OR

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                            Best sticks I have used! They have a great taper and excellent rebound. They come in so many diameters it is easy to find a thickness you like.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Ninja sticks

                            By micro

                            from idaho

                            About Me Experienced

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                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                                  If your looking for light and tough sticks these are it. Really let you "feel" the drums. The tips do break down fast, but by then the stick is ready to be replaced. I can get a few weeks of daily playing out of them. Looking for a nylon tip model, but still love wood.

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