Hooked Up – Custom Stix


posted 12/3/2010 by Dan Keener
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Welcome to Hooked Up, the Gaming Nexus series that puts the spotlight on gaming related products that impact the Video Game experience. This week we take a look at Custom Stix.

What is it?
Custom Stix are high-quality USA Hickory drumsticks that feature custom artwork that can be used for any drumming application, including Rock Band and Guitar Hero game franchises as well as professional uses. The “custom” part of the name lets you utilize a combination of any number of graphics and text options (and images) to the drumsticks to personalize them. The company is owned by Jeff Jones, who is also a member (drummer) of the band Big Daddy Weave.

When I pulled the custom pair of GamingNexus flame drumsticks from the USPS mailer, the first thing I noticed (besides the sweet looking graphics) is that the sticks were identical in size and shape. Anyone that has ever purchased replacement sticks (or even the ones sent with the RB or GH Bundles) knows that this is not a common occurrence. The pairs I received had tips that were the exact same size and were perfectly centered. The sticks themselves were not warped, have blemishes or other thing wrong with them. I know this may sound silly to get excited about, but after using about seven other pairs of branded, replacement and stock drumsticks from the various band games this was like a breath of fresh air.

As far has how they worked, it took about half way through the first song to see that the quality of the stick made all the difference in the world when playing Rock Band. The sticks were balanced; the tips struck the drum kit the exact same way every time and I was able to develop a good rhythm using them. Just to see if they truly would help improve my score, I went back and played five songs that I had done pretty well on previously as a comparison. In all five cases, I increased my best score significantly, which I believe is related to a better quality stick being used.
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