No two drummers are created equal, and it's safe to say we all want to craft our own signature sound. Sometimes, that means going down the road less travelled with our instruments and gear, which, in the case of percussion, can be as easy as swapping stick materials. Although hickory is the traditional standby, there's a lot to be said for the unique advantages of maple drum sticks. Their lighter weight (compared to hickory) is probably the biggest of those, and it allows you to use wider sticks without going too heavy. These are also fast-playing sticks, with a springiness to them that makes for really nimble performance.
So which of these quick and light maple drum sticks are right for you? That's a tough question to answer, since it goes back to not all drummers being created equal. Like any other type, maple sticks come in a variety of sizes and tip styles - and in some cases, like the Regal Tip Taku Hirano Taiko Sticks, they may not even have a narrowed tip at all. Of course, if you'd like a stick that's exotic in looks rather than design, you can have that too: maple sticks still offer their fair share of painted sets, with options like the Zildjian Maple Green DIP Drumsticks available in single pairs or in multi-packs that allow you to easily stock up on spares.
Still not sure whether maple drum sticks are the way to go? In that case, look up some of the best-selling and top-rated sets and see what the reviews have to say. Other drummers like you are the best resource you have to help you decide which sticks to choose. Or, if you'd prefer some professional insight, why not check out a few of the signature sticks, like the Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Sugar Maple Drumsticks? Blaze your own trail, take advice from fellow musicians or follow in the footsteps of percussion's greatest: these are all great ways to explore the selection of maple drum sticks.