Hooked Up – Custom Stix

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posted 12/3/2010 by Dan Keener
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One major concern I had going in was how well the graphics would handle lengthy use and whether the sticks would become slippery from moisture or start to wear off use. In both instances, my concerns were unfounded, as the sticks never slipped or felt slick when I was playing and the graphics to this day (after many, many hours of use) still look brand new.

Pros
Outstanding quality drumsticks
Graphics look sharp and do not wear off
Thicker and heavier than stock RB sticks

Cons
A touch on the expensive side at $29.99 for 2 pairs
Gaming Impact
Obviously, drumsticks are required to play any of the Rock Band and Guitar Hero franchise titles from the last few years. Unfortunately, the stock sticks sent with the games, and most official replacement and “branded” sticks are of poor quality, have stupid designs on them or have some sort of gimmick (light-up, rubber caps, etc) with them. Where Custom Stix blows these other guys out of the water is using high-grade drumsticks and a unique combination of design and technique to put a cool graphic on them that won’t come off. I discovered one simple thought process after using these, the better the quality of the drumsticks, the better I played.

The Skinny
Custom Stix not only have a unique and cool look, but they are high-quality drumsticks that should allow for improved gameplay. The pair of sticks that the company sent us to demo has been put under a lot of usage, but they have held up extremely well. The graphics still look new, there hasn’t been any loss of grip and the sticks themselves haven’t warped or lost their shape. With the cost about 2x higher than your normal replacement, this might not be on the radar as a replacement or upgrade from the bundled sticks. However, a combination of the custom graphic design options coupled with the high-end quality of the sticks should make this an option if you want to improve your gameplay and look cooler while doing it.

Miscellaneous Items of Note
-Minimum order of two pairs of identical design
-Constructed of USA hickory with a 5B wood tip
-Free shipping within two weeks
-Pricing, art requirements and other questions found in the Custom Stix FAQ
 
Testing Methodology
Custom Stix testing was performed with countless hours of drumming on multiple Rock Band gaming sessions on the Xbox 360.

Where to Find/Buy
Custom Stix can only be purchased in pairs online at Customstix.com starting at $29.99.

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* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.



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