Vic Firth American Classic 5BN Nylon Tip Drum Sticks - Nylon Tip


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Vic Firth American Classic 5BN Nylon Tip Drum Sticks

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The 5BNs appeared on our recommended list for Drum Sticks from October 2017 until February 2020 when they were out-ranked by other sticks.


Vic Firth’s American Classic 5BN set is the nylon tipped version of the American Classic 5B set.

Wood and nylon create a very different feel and response, so most drummers have a strong preference for one type or another.

Nylon tends to have a brighter tone than wood. Interestingly, while it is brighter it’s also considered to be less articulate than wood. The material is also said to have a more consistent tone than wood, which comes in handy if you’re doing a lot of intricate cymbal work. Wood is considered to sound better on toms, which is why many rock and pop musicians prefer it.

Lastly, if you’re playing jazz or other more traditional genres you may not get the tone you’re looking for. Nylon, while a great material in its own right, doesn’t have the warmth of wood (which older genres really benefit from).


  • Tip Material: Nylon
  • Weight: 3.2 oz
  • Diameter: 0.595”
  • Length: 16”
  • Taper: Medium
These used to be on our recommended list but there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Drumsticks.

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