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Vic Firth American Custom SD1 General

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Sets the standard in practice sticks
Ideal for pad practice, orchestral work, rock, and band
Round tip for a brighter more articulate cymbal sound and response
Crafted from premium North American Maple

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Round tip. Ideal for orchestral work, rock and band. A legendary practice stick.

Specification: Vic Firth American Custom SD1 General

Weight 3.2 lbs
Dimensions 16.38 × 0.64 × 0.64 in

25 reviews for Vic Firth American Custom SD1 General

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  1. M L

    There are plenty of reviews about the weight and balance of these sticks and I’m not nearly good enough a drummer to evaluate them on those terms, but I’d just like to say it’s pretty great that Vic Firth’s quality control hasn’t wavered during the nearly 20 years I’ve been playing. I tend to alternate between these and the 7A size, and there’s just something about the wood Vic Firth uses that keeps their sticks from shredding like the Vaters I have — it dents instead of chipping, and you’ll probably bust up the tips before splitting a stick down the middle. Anyway, highly recommended.Read more

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  2. Benjamin C.

    Vic Firth = high quality. I have been using them for over 30 years and they are the best balanced and well made sticks you can use. I bought these sticks specifically for practicing rudiments on a drum pad. I use a lighter stick when I play gigs on my drum set. These are a little heavier and help build speed for when I use my lighter sticks on the drum set. These sticks are high quality. No wobble when you roll them to test. No problems with the wood grain. They feel good and bounce off the pad very well. These sticks are perfect for a drum pad and playing on drum set. Highly recommended.Read more

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  3. Drumbeat

    You can never go wrong with the Vic Firth sticks! This size is perfect for practice pad, concert band and even light drum set work. For heavy metal or hard rock….stick with the 5B sticks! I have found these sticks most enjoyable and fun to use and have used many sizes in almost 40 years of playing all different styles. Not a good size for young hands just starting out at 8 to 12 years old. But once the teen years roll around they will be helpful. Once again…not a good choice for heavy handed rockers….they are maple and not hickory sticks. You can however use them on electronic pads and they should be ok.Read more

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  4. Alan C

    I currently play a customized Yamaha DTX electronic kit, with acoustic Saluda cymbals. I need a stick that is light enough to avoid damaging my electric gear, yet tough enough to slam the bell of a heavy, 24″ ride hard enough to cut through metal guitars without shattering into toothpicks. The SD1 is the perfect stick to suit these needs. I have big hands, so the larger diameter eases the fatigue on my hands and wrists (recurring bouts of CTS since my freshman year of high school in 1983) making extended gigs much more bearable. The stubby, round tip gives a great ping on the ride, and a smooth feel to shuffling on hats and snare. The diameter where stick meets tip is what first drew me to try these. Through the years, I have snapped enough 2B, 5A, 7B, etc… tips to heat a home through a Wisconsin winter. This gives the tip a much stronger foundation, which for me, translates to a more solid, playable link to whatever I’m striking. In over 10 years of playing these sticks exclusively, I have only broken 1 stick. Not for lack of exposing them to extreme peril on a daily basis, but because they are simply that rugged. I generally replace them when they get a little heavy after a few months of absorbing sweat and oil from my hands. Bottom line: if you need a mix of finesse/strength/durability, these are the sticks you’re looking for.Read more

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  5. Davin McLaird

    I love the SD1s, and recently returned to them from using the smaller-beaded SD2s for years. The SD1s are just slightly longer, but I was surprised at what a difference that makes. Vic Firth’s are well made, solid and straight. While the beads may wear down from use on cymbals, the tone is SO much more pleasing!Read more

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  6. sam

    Played a gig with a fresh pair and broke one very quickly. I play metal/hardcore music so I hit pretty hard but never had a brand new stick break so fast. They felt perfect in the hands, larger but very lightweight. It’s a shame these are not durable at all because I loved the larger feel with still being lightweight. If you don’t hit too hard these should be fine but if you put a lil emotion in there they won’t last at all.Read more

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  7. Z. Shaw

    I’ve been playing drums for almost 20 years. About 8 years ago I settled on this as my go-to drum stick, after trying every imaginable make and model. I play extremely loud, heavy, noisy music and want the drums to sound as loud as possible. I started using the SD1 like most people do as a practice stick, but before long I was ditching my smaller sticks and using these in performance and recording. I love the way they feel in the hand, and once you get fast with thick sticks like this, holding a 7B feels like a chopstick. If you want drums that pummel, it makes sense to use a stick that is massive enough to also be used as a weapon.Read more

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  8. Da Man

    Been using this model for decades. Think, light weight, great shaft for when you need to slam the skins and best part is the small bead head with that warm ping for jazz.Read more

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  9. steven john o’connell

    vic firth..say no more..excellent. ive always ued em..always will.top quality from one of the worlds leading stick maker.always a good choiceRead more

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  10. Luis O.

    Si eres rockero, este es el mejor par que puedes adquirir en mi opinión. Sin embargo también son muy buenas para estudiar con pad. Y, aunque son de Maple, el peso es muy bueno. -No me imagino la versión de Hickory, debe ser mucho mejor.- Quién esté revisando este producto también debe considerar las baquetas Vic Firth SD2 Bolero. El mejor par que hay xDRead more

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  11. Omar Trejo

    Son ligeras y robustas, excelente para la práctica, en ejecución, el golpe en el ride es muy oscuro y nada brillante, pero en los toms y tarola son geniales.Read more

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  12. Yentruoc

    I am enjoying these sticks for all my warm ups on my practice pad! The weight and feel lives up to the Vic firth quality! Every drummer should have these sticks!Read more

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  13. M L

    There are plenty of reviews about the weight and balance of these sticks and I’m not nearly good enough a drummer to evaluate them on those terms, but I’d just like to say it’s pretty great that Vic Firth’s quality control hasn’t wavered during the nearly 20 years I’ve been playing. I tend to alternate between these and the 7A size, and there’s just something about the wood Vic Firth uses that keeps their sticks from shredding like the Vaters I have — it dents instead of chipping, and you’ll probably bust up the tips before splitting a stick down the middle. Anyway, highly recommended.Read more

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  14. Benjamin C.

    Vic Firth = high quality. I have been using them for over 30 years and they are the best balanced and well made sticks you can use. I bought these sticks specifically for practicing rudiments on a drum pad. I use a lighter stick when I play gigs on my drum set. These are a little heavier and help build speed for when I use my lighter sticks on the drum set. These sticks are high quality. No wobble when you roll them to test. No problems with the wood grain. They feel good and bounce off the pad very well. These sticks are perfect for a drum pad and playing on drum set. Highly recommended.Read more

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  15. Drumbeat

    You can never go wrong with the Vic Firth sticks! This size is perfect for practice pad, concert band and even light drum set work. For heavy metal or hard rock….stick with the 5B sticks! I have found these sticks most enjoyable and fun to use and have used many sizes in almost 40 years of playing all different styles. Not a good size for young hands just starting out at 8 to 12 years old. But once the teen years roll around they will be helpful. Once again…not a good choice for heavy handed rockers….they are maple and not hickory sticks. You can however use them on electronic pads and they should be ok.Read more

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  16. Alan C

    I currently play a customized Yamaha DTX electronic kit, with acoustic Saluda cymbals. I need a stick that is light enough to avoid damaging my electric gear, yet tough enough to slam the bell of a heavy, 24″ ride hard enough to cut through metal guitars without shattering into toothpicks. The SD1 is the perfect stick to suit these needs. I have big hands, so the larger diameter eases the fatigue on my hands and wrists (recurring bouts of CTS since my freshman year of high school in 1983) making extended gigs much more bearable. The stubby, round tip gives a great ping on the ride, and a smooth feel to shuffling on hats and snare. The diameter where stick meets tip is what first drew me to try these. Through the years, I have snapped enough 2B, 5A, 7B, etc… tips to heat a home through a Wisconsin winter. This gives the tip a much stronger foundation, which for me, translates to a more solid, playable link to whatever I’m striking. In over 10 years of playing these sticks exclusively, I have only broken 1 stick. Not for lack of exposing them to extreme peril on a daily basis, but because they are simply that rugged. I generally replace them when they get a little heavy after a few months of absorbing sweat and oil from my hands. Bottom line: if you need a mix of finesse/strength/durability, these are the sticks you’re looking for.Read more

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  17. B.

    These sticks are actually different from the ones I thought I was ordering. Having said that …. I LOVE these sticks! The maple makes them surprisingly light weight. The extra size makes them very easy to control. I’m used to trying to play quietly, and using thin, lightweight sticks to help me. The smaller diameter makes it hard for me to conrol. I’m surprised how much the size make these easier to play, and play quietly. I love ‘em! Wish I’d discovered them sooner. As in, decades sooner. I wonder what sticks I meant to order. Who cares?Read more

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  18. Davin McLaird

    I love the SD1s, and recently returned to them from using the smaller-beaded SD2s for years. The SD1s are just slightly longer, but I was surprised at what a difference that makes. Vic Firth’s are well made, solid and straight. While the beads may wear down from use on cymbals, the tone is SO much more pleasing!Read more

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  19. WheezyE

    We used the SD-1 head extensively in marching band when I was in highschool 12 years ago. They work great for concert percussion in my community bands: Good snare sound on the SD-1 side, quick cymbal warm-up and easy cymbal “roll” on the mallet side – combo sticks are a must for those tight spots in some percussion pieces where you’re feeling overwhelmed by simultaneous cymbal/snare parts. They do leave little white dust smudges on cymbals. I’ve only used them brand-new out of the package so far, so we’ll see if that dust smudge thing lessens in time – it’s easy to wipe down the cymbal after playing.Read more

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  20. Peter H. Manning

    Love these sticks because they have thick grip yet are light weight and are excellent in light volume and jazz applications. Brian Blade uses this model and when I talked to him at one of his clinics he mentioned how he likes a thicker stick that is lightweight. I was never a fan of 7A stick that are often used in Jazz due to their thinner shape. I like to play both rock and jazz. For Rock I use 2Bs because I prefer thicker beefier stick, but 2Bs are too heavy for jazz applications – in come the Boleros a thicker yet lightweight stick.Read more

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  21. Rich

    Seems to work. You hit things and it goes thud! Gave up the drums so just use these to scratch an itch now.Read more

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  22. steven john o’connell

    vic firth..say no more..excellent. ive always ued em..always will.top quality from one of the worlds leading stick maker.always a good choiceRead more

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  23. Petethebass

    These are great sticksRead more

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  24. Molly

    Great sticks & quick delivery.Read more

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  25. martin

    Amazing quality as expected from Mr firthRead more

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