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Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks  

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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...Read More

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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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Vic FirthAmerican Jazz Hickory Drumsticks
 
4.7

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

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    (5)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (11)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Functional (8)
  • Improves sound (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (6)
    • Practicing (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)

    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.

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    5.0

    great blend of speed and balance point

    By JrSampleBR549

    from Lake City, FL

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    Pros

    • Fast
    • Jazz

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

        A great jazz stick, same diameter as an 8D but with a long taper. On single stroke rolls I can blaze with these. The balance point is perfect for me because of the long taper, whether I'm playing traditional or matched grip. Its a light stick too. Compared to the Zildjian Super 5A, or the Vater Super Jazz, the VF is lightest, and the cymbal sound with the VF on my ride, is like a velvety silver ping with a dark lush subdued wash. Gentle shoulder crashes are perfectly controlled by your force. This stick brings out the best sounds in your kit whether it's toms, crashes, rides, or snares. I hope they never improve it and destroy what they have here. Now sticks are a personal matter, I am a light hitter so chipping the tip may happen sooner for some. I get at least 6 months out of a pair, and I play 1 hour minimum daily, 6 days a week.

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        4.0

        Re-review: take away one star

        By GCH

        from Washington, DC

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

        • Wood Tip Only No Nylon

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

          I'm still using these and like them. The other sticks I use are the Regal Tip Combos and Zildjian 7As. The Combos measure .475" in diameter and are great for jazz. The Z 7A's measure .525" diameter and are the biggest stick I need to use. The Firth 5AJs are a perfect in-between at .490". My only beef with them is that Firth doesn't make them with a nylon tip. Being hickory, the stick plays really well, but the tip splinters quickly on cymbals and for that reason they don't last long. Great sticks, minus one star for not making a nylon tip version. IF ANYONE READING THIS KNOWS OF A HICKORY STICK THAT MEASURES .490" - .510" WITH A NYLON TIP, PLEASE RESPOND AND LET ME KNOW ABOUT IT.

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          4.0

          Jazz sticks

          By Poppa Bob

          from Washington state

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup

            Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

            I wanted a stick with a light weight and small head for playing quietly in jazz combos. These fit the bill quite nicely. I usually prefer plastic tips but for playing small venues as background they work fine. I like their balance.

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            5.0

            Great value and great sound

            By mtonks25

            from St George, UT

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            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

            I have been playing for 6 years and just recently decided to try the American Jazz drumsticks. They are my favorite pair of drumsticks thus far. I'm yet to find a stick that sounds as good as these all around the drums. It gets a great sound from all of the cymbals especially my ride. These drumsticks last a really long time and are very affordable. I would recommend these sticks to any jazz drummer from novice to professional.

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            5.0

            GREAT SERVICE!!!

            By Bruce the drummer

            from Las Vegas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Excellent Support
            • Provided Excellent Suppot

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vic Firth American Jazz Hickory Drumsticks:

                Excellent support and more than fair when I ordered the wrong product!

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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

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                      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

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                      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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                            5.0

                            Super Jazz Sticks

                            By Dr. A.

                            from Bend, Oregon

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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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