Butt (Grip): The butt – let’s call it the grip – is the place where you hold the drumstick measuring approximately 130mm (5”). Liverpool carries various models with rubberized paint allowing for a more secure grip. A good stick is rounded at the end for a comfortable grip in the palm of the hands. Furthermore, it is also important that the entire stick is perfectly cylindrical, without deformities like cracks or splinters, so it rotates evenly while used. Many drummers play with the stick inverted striking with the butt end for a louder, heavier and deeper sound.
Shaft: The shaft is the main part of the drumstick. The proper length and the diameter, along with the weight of the stick, will facilitate the function desired for each particular musical genre. Other important factors are flexibility and resistance. For example, rock drummers usually prefer a heavier drumstick with a longer shaft that can resist the constant and heavy contact with the rims of the drums while jazz drummers opt for lighter sticks with a shorter overall length.
Shoulder: The shoulder of the drumstick is where the taper begins; just between the shaft and the neck of the drumstick. The position of the shoulder will determine the balance point of the stick and the amount of pressure that will be directed to the drums and cymbals.
Neck: This part of the drumstick creates important characteristics. The longer the stick is, more flexibility and rebound it will be. Those with shorter or thicker necks created less flexibility and rebound but allow more striking force and volume on the strike. Make sure the neck is properly formed as it is the area that has the most wear and tear.
Tip: The tip is the link between the drummer’s movements and the quality of the sound that is produced. The tip should be dense and resistant as it is the main point of contact (on a stick with tips) with both the drums and the cymbals. It’s function is extremely delicate for this reason the project each model is studied and the turning must be perfect.
Liverpool offers drumsticks with many types of tips. Select you drumstick in our site and learn about the format and sound produced by each one.