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Old 07-23-2013, 06:19 AM
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Default Re: Oak sticks - bad for your hand?

I use oak sticks for practice pad work and in sessions where I need a more defined tone and I'm not playing for long periods of time. I need hickory for gigs because oak does indeed transfer more energy to your hands and will fatigue you faster than an equivalent-sized hickory or maple stick. I prefer the TONE of oak however, which is why I generally will use them for sessions. Oak is heavier and denser so there is no doubt they could be rougher on your hands playing an hour set or more.
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