Vic Firth American Custom SD1 General Drum Sticks - Wood Tip


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Vic Firth American Custom SD1 General Drum Sticks

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Our rating of 95/100 is based on analysis of 1700+ 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’s American Custom SD1 General Drum Sticks are a round tipped set that are great for just about everything, hence the “general” name.

The cool thing about these sticks is that there’s nothing about them that’s going to hold you back.

They’re not going to excel at everything, but if you’re looking for a versatile set of sticks you definitely can’t go wrong with these.

Part of the reason why these sticks are so versatile is that they have a tip with a small surface area and a (relatively) long length.

The small surface area of the tips means that you’re transferring less force into your hits, so it’s easier to back off and get more subtle tones.

Likewise, the long length allows you to dig in more for louder passages.

The short taper makes playing faster passages easier and because of the small surface area of the tips, you don’t lose as much control over your volume.


  • Tip Material: Maple
  • Weight: 2.4 oz
  • Diameter: 0.635”
  • Length: 16 3/8”
  • Taper: Short

Reviews are full of drummers who appreciate the consistent quality control of Vic Firth for the many years that they've bought from them. This is true with the American Custom SD1, where owners are simply pleased with how good they are in terms of weight and playing feel. Many describe these sticks as having a good balance, weight and durability.

Some drummers report that the thin diameter of the SD1 feels uncomfortable to those with large hands, while others caution that hard hitters may easily break them.

Younger drummers and those with smaller hands will find the Custom SD1 to be just what they need for more control over their playing.

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.