Playing a traditional acoustic set of drums or playing on an electronic drum kit does have very noticeable differences; most importantly, the sticks you’re using to play. After brainstorming long and hard about this, we managed to narrow down what every drummer is looking for in their sticks.
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, you’re going to want a set of sticks that are comfortable to hold and feel familiar. If you’ve been playing drums for a long time, you may have got used to the ones you were using, and anything different is going to feel weird, and you’ll want some time to ‘break them in.’ The less take this takes, the better.
Secondly, you’re going to want a set of drumsticks that feel and perform just like traditional drumsticks. Of course, if you’re jumping straight into playing an electronic drum kit, this might not be so important, but if you’re transitioning, you’ll want something as close to the ‘real thing.’
So, you can find the best drumsticks for your electronic drumkit that fits the bill, we’ve searched across the market far and wide to single out the best of the best. We’ve narrowed the selection down to just five after taking everything into account, helping you find the best drumsticks for you.
Vic Firth 5AB American Classic Black 5A Wood Tip Drumsticks
Starting off our list, we’ve chosen this leading, very popular drumstick set produced by Vic Firth. Measuring in at 16-inches long with a .565-inch diameter, these are lightweight sticks that give you the flexibility you need to perform your best.
As the title suggests, these are designed with a classical American style, available in a jet-black design that just looks great while you’re playing. They’re sleek, stylish and just oozes quality, all for an affordable price.
What really sets these drumsticks apart is the fact that they come with wooden tear-drop-styled tips. This means you can enjoy precise impacts while you’re playing, ensuring you hit every single note perfectly.
We really like this set because they’re exactly what any drummer would be looking for. Each stick is extremely well balanced, highly durable and built to last. Even after excessive, and sweaty, usage, even the white logo stays on the stick and doesn’t rub off like others; a prime indicator of quality.
In short, there are really no bad qualities to these sticks. You may initially think that the sleek texture might cause too much slip for some drummers, but this isn’t the case due to the fact that each stick is covered with a textured coating for extra grip!
- Universal 5AB size
- Wooden teardrop tips for best impact
- Sleek and stylish aesthetic
- Textured coating for optimal grip
Promark ActiveGrip Rebound 7A Drumsticks
Promark is another leading name in the drumstick industry, and musicians from beginners in their bedrooms to world-class performers on stage invest in this brand for all manner of reasons. With the Rebound set, you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of a quality product at an affordable price.
These sticks are made from Hickory wood, which prides itself on being one of the most common drumstick materials thanks to its long-lasting resilience and durability. This material also means these sticks are incredibly lightweight, easy to use and master, and stupidly responsive.
This particular set measures in at the traditional 16-inches long with a 7A diameter of .535-inches. These sticks are really comfortable to use, fit nicely into your hands, and bounce comfortably off the drumkit, helping you perfect your technique and skill.
However, what you’ll really love about these sticks is the fact that it comes with heat-activated ActiveGrip. This feature means when you’re playing, holding them in your hands, and they start to get warmer, you’ll find the sticks have an increasing amount of grip. This is a must for any drummer!
The ActiveGrip really does work, and this isn’t just a marketing gimmick by the company. If you’re on the hunt for a set of sticks that guarantee to stay in your hands while you’re playing while giving you the impact range and durability you need, these are the sticks for you.
- World-class ActiveGrip technology
- Slightly larger 7A size at 16-inches long
- Acorn wooden tip for larger contact surface on a drum pad
- Really easy to articulate your movements and style of play
- Ever so slightly heavier than your typical drumstick
Promark TX7AW-FG FireGrain Classic 7A Oval Tip Drumsticks
The second Promark set of drumsticks to enter our list, these are slightly more expensive than the other sticks on our list, but when it comes to quality and performance, no other set comes close. These sticks are produced out of Hickory wood, as we know is renowned for its durability and resilience.
These sticks are also ever so slightly shorter than traditional ones, measuring in at 15 3/8-inches. This is a great way to give you more control over the way you play, and you’ll find this is a great way to enjoy complete freedom, whatever your style of play.
However, the feature that sets these drumsticks apart is the fact that they come with FireGrain; a heat-tempering process with plenty of benefits. According to the manufacturer, FireGrain means the sticks have gone through a heat-tempering process that maximizes durability.
This means you’ll be able to hit these sticks as hard as you want without the risk of them breaking. You’ll also find this feature helps to minimize excess vibration, which makes them far more comfortable to play with than your average drumsticks.
- Produced using reliable Hickory wood
- FireGrain heat-tempered sticks for added comfort, durability and performance
- Minimizes vibration while playing
- Lightweight and easy to master
- Not ideal for use on a traditional acoustic drum kit (great for electric)
Zildijan Josh Dun Artist Series Drumsticks
Zildijan offers something a little different when it comes to drumsticks for your electric drumkit, and these sticks will fill the niche for drummers who are looking for more. For example, these sticks measure in at 16.5-inches, making them longer than usual.
This means you’ll be able to effortlessly reach your drumkit, regardless of how it’s set up, and you can achieve more velocity when you’re jamming out. You can also tell when you pick them up that these are medium tapered, which provides an optimal amount of balance.
You’ll love that at the top Zildijan has taken the time to add oval tips for an even greater level of precision while you’re playing, helping you to achieve that perfect punchy sound. Ideally, due to the design, we would highly recommend these sticks if you’re looking to play aggressively.
You’ll really like these sticks, and there’s really nothing bad to say about them. While there is a gorgeous red design, the paint does wear off through excessive use, or if you’re playing every day, which can be a shame, but it doesn’t affect the performance.
However, the sticks themselves are designed to stand the test of time, and since they are endorsed by Josh Dun, the drummer in Twenty One Pilots, you know you’re buying quality.
- Endorsed by Josh Dun from Twenty One Pilots
- Striking red aesthetic
- Ideal for electric drumkits and playing hard and aggressively
- Balanced and highly durable design
- Paint comes off with excessive use
Vic Firth American Classic 5A Drum Sticks
To finish off our list, we’re heading back over to the leading producers and manufacturers that are Vic Firth. These drumsticks are very similar to the ones we listed above, in fact, they’re pretty much the same.
This is because they rate in with a 5A rating and are made with the classic American Vic Firth design, which is the same as we spoke about earlier. This includes all the details, including the wooden tip and all.
However, these drumkits do differ slightly in the fact that they are completely wooden, and don’t come with the jet black or designed finish. All you’ll find here is the Vic Firth logo, the name of the drumstick range, and that’s it.
You’ll love how these beautiful sticks make it feel like you’re playing with a traditional set of drumsticks, and it’s just got that feel to using them that you don’t get with modern-day sticks. However, this, of course, does not affect the performance of the sticks themselves.
Holding them in your hands, you’ll notice that they are professionally balanced, and they’re suitable for casual or aggressive styles of play. However, they are more suited to casual or mid-range styles of play, and if you’re too aggressive, the chances are you’re going to end up cracking them.
- Classic wooden aesthetic
- Wooden oval tips; ideal for electronic drumkits
- The very affordable price tag
- A no-frills attached solution
- May crack if used excessively, more so than other sticks
There are plenty of drumsticks out there that are suitable for using on your electronic drumkit, but any of the five sets listed above guarantee to make an ideal choice. With comfort, performance and price all in mind, you’re sure to be able to find the set that’s best for you and your style of play.