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    Zildjian Josh Dun Artist Series Drum Sticks
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    Vic Firth Buddy Rich Signature Drumsticks
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    Vic Firth American Classic Drumsticks with Barrel Tip
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    Vic Firth American Classic Extreme 8D Drumsticks
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    Vic Firth Steve Jordan Signature Drumstick
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    Vater Hickory Drum Stick Pre-pack
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    Zildjian Trilok ROCK Artist Series Drumsticks
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    PROMARK Natural Hickory Drumsticks
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    Vic Firth Peter Erskine Signature Ride Drumsticks
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They say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," and hickory drum sticks are a pretty good example of how that expression applies to drumming. For decades, hickory has been the wood of choice for sticks since it's strong enough to stand up to heavy use, yet springy enough to absorb plenty of shock, keeping fatigue to a minimum. Although other woods and alternative materials can make for a great specialized stick, hickory drum sticks remain the most versatile and well-rounded type, and that's why they're considered the gold standard by the percussion community. They're also available in tons of shapes and sizes, so it's easy to find a pair of hickory sticks to suit any playing style.

For a broad sampling of what your options are, you could start by checking out the Vic Firth American Classic Hickory Drumsticks. They're available with nylon or wooden tips in six different shapes, offering a wide variety of potential sounds. Choose nylon to make your drums sound bright and sharp, or wood if you're more interested in warmth and fullness. Tonal character is also affected by the shape, with a rounder tip delivering punchier tones and the classic acorn-shaped tip putting out a richer effect. The final result will be a hybrid between the traits of the material and those of the shape, so finding the right balance will help you discover your perfect sticks.

If you're still not certain which hickory drum sticks might work for you, try taking a look at some signature sets like the Zildjian Tre Cool Artist Series Signature Drumsticks or the PROMARK Mike Portnoy Autograph Series Drumsticks. By associating the trademark sound of a drummer with the size and shape of his or her signature sticks, you can get an idea for what kind of performance comes from sticks with those specifications - and once you have a handle on that, predicting how a given stick might sound can become a total piece of cake!
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