Vic Firth American Custom SD2 Bolero Wood Drum Sticks - Wood Tip


95 out of 100. Incorporating 500+ ratings and reviews.

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Vic Firth American Custom Bolero Wood Drum Sticks

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Our rating of 95/100 is based on analysis of 500+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Vic Firth is known for being the first to mass produce sticks with round striking surfaces, and the American Custom SD2 Bolero continues this legacy.

Their round surface produces less volume, but allows for more precise control allowing you play dynamically without having to hit your drums hard, ideal or for styles such as jazz, orchestra and the like.


  • Tip Material: Rock Maple
  • Weight: 3.2 oz
  • Diameter: 0.635”
  • Length: 15.75"
  • Taper: SD2

Satisfied drummers love how they can play accurately and dynamically while keeping the volume low. They are also happy with the taper, with a thick grip yet light overall weight.

There are a few who caution that these sticks break easily, but this is more of a physical limitation of design, they're not really meant for hard hitters.

Here's a great set of sticks to have for musical styles and situations where articulation and accuracy are more important than volume.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Drumsticks + Brushes & Mallets.

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