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Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks

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Johnston's 2451 is a great all-around design that can be used in any musical style. It has a grip size between a 5A and 5B with a gradual taper to a ...Click To Read More About This Product

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As Mike says, this stick is great for "When I need to BASH!"

Johnston's 2451 is a great all-around design that can be used in any musical style. It has a grip size between a 5A and 5B with a gradual taper to a barrel tip for ride cymbal definition. The gradual taper gives the model a fantastic and quick feel around the kit.

The 2451 Hickory is heavier than the maple version, making it the right choice for live and hard-hitting performance settings.

"The 2451 is the stick I have dreamed about my whole career. This stick feels amazing in my hand and even better on the kit!"
-Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston began studying the drums at the age of 5. He spent the next 15 years studying privately with some of the greatest educator/drummers of our time including Pete Magadini, Steve Ferrone, and Aaron Smith.

At the age of 21 Mike received his first major label record deal with his band Simon Says (Hollywood Records) and spent the next 5 years touring the world. He received a gold record for his contributions to the Varsity Blues soundtrack and has appeared on The Late Show with Dave Letterman as well as on MTV's Fashionably Loud. Mike has also toured with Warner Bothers Recording artists FILTER.

FEATURES
  • Length: 16"
  • Diameter: 0.58"

You don't need to be schooled by Mike to learn how awesome these sticks are. Order now.

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VaterMike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks
 
4.9

(based on 25 reviews)

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Reviewed by 25 customers

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Found my perfect stick!

By wardrummer72

from Colorado

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

I've spent quite a while searching for the "perfect" stick for me, and I've finally found it. I LOVE these sticks! For me, they have the right balance, feel, taper and tip. Just ordered my second pair, but still using the first. Great quality and durability. If you've been looking for sticks with similar dimensions to these, I recommend you try these out.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great balanced stick

By Mike-mqO6k

from Illinois

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

Ordered a pair of the maple and was impressed by the balanced weight and feel of the stick. It also sounds great on my entire set with really good definition. Ordered two more maples as a result and will be getting some hickory 2451's to try those out as well.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rad

By Mike V-PnQC9

from Florida

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

These sticks are sick. They feel awesome, don't dent your heads, and sound amazing with cymbals. Definitely try these if you wanna try some new sticks.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best sticks ever

By Ben-S.pnc

from Undisclosed

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

best feeling sticks I've ever owned. They've lasted me over a month and I play hard. Mike Johnston did well.GET THESE STICKS

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

hmmm

By drumerforthelord

from Kansas

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

well, I love the feel of this stick, it's well balanced and the whole 9 yards, however I'm having a horrible problem with it denting my heads...I'm using Medium weight Modern Vintage Aquarians...maybe it won't be as bad with two ply heads

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Sticks I've Owned.

By DB

from Tennessee

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Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

These sticks have a great feel to them. I always switch back and forth between my Vater 5a's and 5b's. This is the perfect middle. The Half-Barrel tip is a nice touch to it too.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Balance

By Joseoscar

from Amsterdam

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

This is a very well balanced stick made with the high standards of Vater. Mike Johnston's selection of the barrel tip is also great as it reduces the possibility of denting your heads. This is the stick I'm buying from now on!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Long Lasting

By Jason-OubQA

from Las Vegas NV

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

I got my 2451s about a month ago and they still haven't snapped. I play a few hours each day and normally break a pair of sticks every few days. This is great news for my bank account, lol. Just ordered 5 more pairs.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing...

By Kylecam22

from Toledo, Oregon

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Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

I've been trying to find the perfect stick for me and had difficulty since a stick in between a 5A and 5B is somewhat hard to find to a certain extent. Once Mike told us students about his stick, I was sold and after playing with them for about a month, it is a match. Thank you Mike for an amazing stick.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Feel Great

By Melody Murray

from LA

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

Very comfortable and feel natural in your hands!

 
5.0

Perfect All-Around Stick

By Jike Monston

from Massachusetts

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Balanced
  • Durable

Cons

  • Tip Quality

Best Uses

  • Big Band
  • Hip Hop
  • Indie Rock
  • Progressive Metal

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

I tried this sticks a few years ago and have been incredibly happy since. I am a player that is admittedly too lazy to switch sticks for different musical applications, so to find a stick that lends itself equally to shoulder-into-cymbal rock and articulate swing patterns is a dream come true. My favorite part of this stick is the balance and rebound. It is a mid/rear balanced stick and the rebound off the ride cymbal is just too addicting to pass up. This is not a front heavy stick to make playing loud easier, but that I what I enjoy about it. I can get all the volume I need from technique, and would rather not sacrifice precise quiet playing in exchange for a front heavy stick with a lot of throw. My one complaint is the tips shape and quality. The small barrel tips chip off over time, resulting in inconsistent cymbal sounds as the stick ages. The shape also means that if you are slamming the drums at an angle, the tip will dent heads. The stick itself however rarely ever breaks, I find them lasting about half a year before there is noticeable difference.

 
4.0

Love the Sticks... but...

By Ken

from Winter Haven, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Great Balance
  • Perfect length

Cons

  • Tips Don't Last Very Long

Best Uses

  • Any

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

I love the weight, size, and feel of these sticks, however the wood tips seem to disappear rather quickly. Once the tips are worn down then the stick becomes useless. No power at that point. I have too many pairs of these with no tips... and I'm not talking about them snapping off. They just chip away until there's nothing left.

 
5.0

Amazing!!!

By Drumhead95

from Houston, TX

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Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

Just played with the hickory 2451's, and they were amazing!!! I normally play with the H-220 Josh Freese's signature stick, but your stick feels amazing on the kit! Like an extension of my arm more than something im holding. LOVE IT! Just a side note, the speed poster thingy didn't come in my package. I'm not complaining, I'm OK with just the sticks. But you might wanna look into that to make sure a lot of people aren't getting the poster. Thanks so much for creating this amazing stick!

 
5.0

VERY Versatile

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

Finally, a signature stick that works for everyone. This stick is great for saving heads, and feels good in your hands. DEFINITELY give these a try!

 
5.0

The tip I've been waiting for

By drummingnducks34

from Medford, Oregon

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

I always use VATER's Fusion sticks but they dented my heads when I would hit hard. The 2451 is the exact same fit in my hand but with a tip that doesn't dent and has KILLER response on the cymbals. Awesome stick!

 
5.0

Finaly!!!

By hitemhard1981

from Palm Springs

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

I have been complaining to my local drum shop for years about trying to find a stick that had some beef but wasn't a baseball bat. The 2451 is thick enough that I can play hard but due to the small barrel tip I can also get as delicate as I want. Thanks Mike & VATER!

 
5.0

GREAT!!!!

By NASA48

from Washington D.C.

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

These sticks are amazing! They feel good in your hands and don't slip at all. The tip of the stick is great for jazz or that classic sound you want with rock. The weight of these sticks are great also. They don't feel too heavy or too light but just right. I would recommend there sticks to anyone who is looking for a stick that you want to play multiple styles and still feel good doing it.

 
5.0

No Dents

By helexdrummer

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

I used the VATER Fusion for years but they left little dents in my heads when I would play super hard. Mike said in a youtube clip that these sticks had a different tip that wouldn't dent my heads and he was absolutely right. I bought both the Hickory and Maple 2451s and neither dented my heads. Thanks for a killer stick.

 
5.0

First time with VATER

By marcgdrums82

from New York

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

I saw Mike's youtube clip where he described the stick as being in-between a 5A & a 5B. I've always played Vic Firth 5A's but I wanted a bit more stick. I ordered these 2 weeks ago, played them, and ordered 10 more pairs of the hickory and 5 of the maple. This was also my first time playing VATER sticks and I am seriously impressed with the wood!

 
5.0

Buy these!!!

By OLO

from Undisclosed

Comments about Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Hickory Drumsticks:

I bought a pair of these sticks just because of Mike Johnston. I went and tried them out on my my set, and WOW! I fell in love! I thought I wouldn't like them because I use Vic Firth 7A sticks, and these 2451s are a lot bigger. but they feel BETTER in my hand! And like Mike says, they feel better on the kit! After playing with these sticks, I went right to the computer and bought 4 more pairs! Buy these sticks! They are totally worth it!

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