For years and years I used Vic Firth, even in high school,
I was using American Classic ROCKs and 5Bs and I really liked the feel of the 5Bs, I
just wanted a little more length on them. And I felt like there wasn’t enough girth up top. But the American Classic ROCKs were a
little too much for what I was doing. So I kind of wanted something in between
those two sticks for a very long time, and what we came up with is a little longer
than a 5B, a little more of that girth, a little more of the acorn tip up top,
and the butts are rounded. I’ll start off on the stick like this and
by the end, I’m in the middle of my palm, so it was important for me to have the butts
rounded off and not such a direct cut. So the way this stick feels when I play, Most people that have seen me play know that
I’m not a tapper, I hit pretty hard. I’m a very aggressive player in most of my bands,
Korn is primarily my main band, and everybody knows there’s not a lot
of love ballads in that band so you have to hit kind of hard. The way the stick feels to me is really perfect
because I wanted a little bit more up top for more of a whipping motion. I definitely
use Moeller technique when I’m playing. The design of this stick is perfect for that,
because it has just enough balance where if you let it go, it’s down on the drum but
not too hard, not too aggressive. But yet, if I want to balance it out
when I’m doing buzz rolls in a softer part, I can choke up on the stick, and it has a
lot of leverage and maneuvering so that’s very important to have both of those
aspects for heavy hitting and softer playing. It’s funny because the way I play, it looks
like I’m annihilating everything and I’m very in the moment when I’m playing. But like I said, I don’t need any distractions.
When you get in the zone when you’re playing especially aggressive music, with a lot of attitude,
the stick has to be easy to play. You can’t be worried about anything. So the consistency and non-breakage
is very important to me. The durability of this stick is amazing! The Vic Firth quality has always been unsurpassed,
and it’s always been very durable. There are a lot of cues I have to give in my band,
there are a lot of direct hits or stops, and I can’t be worried about a stick breaking, so
the durability is very important. So I think everything that’s in this
stick is definitely achieved. Ya know, how I was feeling, what I was feeling.
It’s hard — these are our tools, whatever heads, drums, cymbals is one thing
but ultimately, these are our tools. It’s super important that they are close to perfect.
How do you get a perfect stick? I don’t know. It’s trial and error. Keep experimenting.
Keep going around in circles until you find something you like. But these are the most confident I’ve ever been in a stick!

Product Spotlight: Ray Luzier Signature Stick
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24 thoughts on “Product Spotlight: Ray Luzier Signature Stick

  • January 15, 2016 at 4:49 pm
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    how can I get my hands on those sticks??!!

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  • January 15, 2016 at 5:04 pm
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    What's the first song that they are playing live?

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  • January 15, 2016 at 5:34 pm
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    that guy seriously needs a new hair style.

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  • January 28, 2016 at 5:23 pm
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    Phenomenal!! My fav drummer ever.. so inspiring & passionate! I'm cranking Army Of Anyone right now 🙂

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  • January 30, 2016 at 8:48 pm
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    What's the second song anyone know?

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  • February 9, 2016 at 8:01 pm
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    Please upload the full tape of the last song "Gunfight"!!!

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  • February 29, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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    Just like the Vic Firth VFX5B, similar to 5B but with more length and diameter!!

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  • April 3, 2016 at 2:48 pm
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    What's up his kick drum pedals? His main's a dw 5000 whereas his slave pedal is a 9000. Thought it was pretty cool

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  • May 2, 2016 at 11:06 am
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    I'm glad Ray joined Korn! We now have another awesome drummer to watch! I don't remember noticing his existence before Korn.

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  • September 4, 2016 at 5:15 pm
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    Ray Luzier rules!

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  • September 7, 2016 at 9:09 am
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    He used to be Pro Mark endorsee 😀 And still he is sayn`"i`ve played with VIC since high school", hahaha. Great sells pitch.

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  • November 27, 2016 at 4:23 pm
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    Ray Luzier is King on Drums!

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  • November 29, 2016 at 2:36 am
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    What's the first song?

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  • December 13, 2016 at 7:47 pm
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    Been using these since they came out and I LOVE THEM!!
    One day, Vic's gonna replace Ray's sig on em with mine! 😉

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  • January 18, 2017 at 1:28 am
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    I LIKE ELETRONIC PAD SOUND

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  • January 29, 2017 at 8:34 pm
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    He kinda looks and sounds like a white Eric Andre

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  • February 12, 2017 at 8:32 pm
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    How are these different to the Vic Firth Extreme 5Bs? Those are slightly longer than normal 5Bs

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  • March 2, 2017 at 8:36 am
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    DAMN! Ray looks like he's havin' a blast! GO GET'EM RAY!!!:)

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  • April 19, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    I just got some of these (because they were on sale for under six bucks, not because I like korn) I'm surprised how light they are. I like the girth up top. Not sure if I like them more than the my extreme 5b or not. They are surprisingly bright for a thick stick but not as bright as a nylon tip. Just a really weird stick over all

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  • May 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm
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    Are theses as long at the extreme 5b as I choke up on sticks.

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  • May 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm
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    since when he went to vic firth?

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  • June 7, 2017 at 5:32 pm
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    @0:52 He is out of Ryhtm.

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  • October 2, 2017 at 12:45 pm
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    I love theses sticks but there short for i wish Vic made theses in a 16 and half inch version

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  • February 27, 2018 at 1:41 am
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    I just use an american classic 5a not picky

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