I have used the Steve Gadd Signature sticks made by Vic Firth and they just weren’t the right sticks for what a played. I play primarily metal but I am also in a jazz band. The stick gives your ride cymbals awesome definition and they dance across every surface of the cymbal, but when you use it on the crashes, it makes it way too quiet. The hats on my set are 15” and these make them have a nice clean closed sound, but once open they have issues with the volume.
My other complaint is that these are just way too thin of sticks to be paying $7.75 for them. They break very easily if you use them for too long of a duration. These also make my toms sound too dull and lifeless for my sound. They are also very light, almost too light. I have used the the SD9 Driver, and multiple Vader and Zildjian sticks. My personal favorite is the SD9s, which have a better balance and control than the Gadd signatures. The tip on these is very good for ride cymbals, as said before, but the rest of the stick is really lacking. They are actually extremely brittle for being from Vic Firth, whom I believe make very good sticks.
The design does look good, but comes up lacking in performance. These sticks also have an issue with puncturing the drum heads on my drums, not all the way through, but still pretty far. Overall, I would say that these sticks are best for light players who don’t want to overpower everything else. I would save my time though and buy the SD9s. Since buying my SD9s 2 months ago, I have not bought any new sticks. SD9s are the way to go, they are the best stick I’ve ever used.
There normally isn't a lot that can be said about drum sticks and brushes. The Steve Gadd Signature series deserves recognition because this combination has permanently worked its way into my playing. I Love both the sticks and brushes more than any other brand or line and they have serves me well for years. I am going to review both products, although the brushes are the only ones featured in the picture.
The Steve Gadd sticks are excellent. They are a little on the lighter side, if you are into that sort of thing. They have an interesting cylindrical head, not too angular or round. It produces really nice strokes on the ride and the shoulder crashes nice. There are both wood and nylon tips, I always prefer wood for sound. Nylon is better for durability. These sticks have served me well, although I have broken them on a few occasions playing live because they are light. They have a black coating which feels similar to the natural wood. It is a good balance of grip, but not too much friction. These sticks are very similar to the Dave Weckl signatures, which are also very good.
The brushes are really cool because they have a unique set of wires. The first 3/4 of the wires are angles to a different degree than the normal wires, so the ends are lifted up slightly. This helps prevent the brushes from getting caught on a really rough coating on a snare, and helps let them glide more smoothly. Of course, drummers have been playing without this technology for hundreds of years. It is just another minor improvement that is really nice to have. Other than that, these brushes are as good as the normal Vic Firth brushes. I love Steve Gadd for his playing and influence, but I also love him for the great products he has helped develop. These sticks/brushes are excellent.