Drum Sticks: Explained

Last time we broke down guitar strings (Check out that article here.) Today we wanted to give some love to all of the drummers out there…


Sticks come in different models that are defined by a number and a letter. Some companies have their own naming system, but for the most part there is an industry standard for model naming. For the most part you will see the following format: 5A, 5B, 2B, 7A. The number is the thickness of the stick, while the letter represents what the stick is used for. B stands for marching band and A stands for orchestra. This system is antiquated and sticks can be used for different genres. Our experts recommend drummers who are just starting should opt for a 5B.

Nylon Tips and Wood Tips

Nylon or Wood Tip

When picking out whether or not you should use nylon or wood tips on your sticks, you need to ask yourself what you will be using the sticks for. Nylon tips will give you better definition when doing lot of cymbal work, while wood tips will give you more slap on the snare and tom. Nylon is a bit softer, if you want to be kind to your drumheads.


There are a few different wood types when it comes to drumsticks. Hickory is the most common and is recommended for beginners. Hickory is not as light as maple and not as heavy as oak, making it the perfect middle ground. Our experts recommend choosing wood type based on what you are playing. If you are playing faster go for a lighter maple stick. If you are looking for durability try out a hickory or oak stick.


Picking the right length stick is important when taking reach and leverage into consideration. Having a little bit more leverage gives you more rhythmic versatility for rolls and triplets. Having a little more reach can be more comfortable for some players. Try different lengths and see which one you prefer!

Those are our tips for picking the right drumsticks. What’s your favorite set? Let us know in the comments and be sure to follow us for more music news!

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