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Why the extended reach?
The Vic Firth American Classic 3AN Hickory Drumsticks are wider than a 5A but thinner than a 5B, with added length – making a well-balanced, durable all-round pair of drumsticks. These versatile drumsticks can be held in the middle to play quietly whereas the length of the stick can be used for heavier and louder playing. Despite the length of the 3A drumsticks, they are surprisingly balanced and allow for fast playing.
Injection moulded nylon tips
Vic Firth was the first manufacturer to offer nylon tips, allowing drummers to switch between a rich sounding wood stick and the satisfying feel and balance of nylon. By fusing the nylon with the wood, the tips are guaranteed not to chip, therefore adding great durability to the drumsticks. A perfect choice for any heavy hitting drummer.
The injection process makes it possible to create complex, precision shapes which match the wood tip counterparts exactly, providing the perfect teardrop shape of a standard wood drumstick.
These nylon tips have a more defined and consistent sound than a wooden tip drumstick. This is because the nylon tip does not chip or change shape, providing a smooth, equal surface all the way around. These tips provide a louder, higher pitched cymbal sound and offer more dynamic freedom when playing on a ride cymbal.
It's all in the tips
There's more in the tip than you would think. Vic Firth's barrel tip is perfectly proportioned to give you the utmost accuracy in feel and tone. It was designed by cutting off and rounding the original American Classic 5A tip. The length taken off was then added to the butt end of the stick to retain the exact dimensions all 5A users are accustomed to. The result is supreme clarity, beautiful tone, and great playability.
American Classic Hickory Drumsticks are a combination of traditional and Vic Firth style. They show off bold designs and are made from hickory, which is a dense wood with little flex for a more pronounced sound. Hickory is also great at dealing with shock, making it extremely durable.
Vic Firth Manufacturing
The Vic Firth drumsticks' thorough manufacturing process ensures each stick meets the Vic Firth quality standard. No one else invests so much time and energy into creating the perfect pair of sticks with approximately 16 steps of honing, refining and finishing.
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- Length: 16 3/16''
- Diameter: .580''
- Material: Hickory
- Tip Type: Nylon
- Tip Shape: Barrel
- Taper: Short
- Surface Area: Large
- Surface Coating: Lacquer