Zildjian Drumstick Wax

Zildjian Drumstick Wax

  • No re-application needed; reactivates with normal heat
  • Leaves tropical scent, and clean hands with no buildup
  • Packaged in convenient 2 oz. tins
Provides comfortable tacky grip on any drumstick or mallet

List Price: $ 8.95 Price: $ 8.95

3 thoughts on “Zildjian Drumstick Wax

  1. equazcion
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Somewhere between naked sticks and Gorilla Snot, January 27, 2013
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    equazcion (New York, NY) –

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    I’ve tried a lot of drumstick grip products, from tape to gloves, and this is my favorite so far.

    This stuff comes as a solid block of wax that you remove from the tin and rub onto your sticks (turn the tin upside-down and hit the bottom repeatedly if you’re having trouble getting it out). It remains as a layer on the stick, which your skin adheres to just enough, while not being runny enough to actually come off on your hands. You do need to keep reapplying it, but that’s true of any similar product. A single application should last you through the day though. It has a faint coconut aroma (pleasant to me), which I don’t notice on my hands afterwards.

    FYI, this works similarly to surfboard wax. A surf wax company even makes a competing wax that’s targeted at drummers (you get 56 grams of the Zildjian wax vs. 75 grams of the “Sex Wax”, so keep that in mind when comparing prices).

    I haven’t seen a decent comparison between wax and the famed Gorilla Snot, which I think is the primary competing product, so I wanted to point out some of the differences. Both are good products, and which one you go with is mostly a matter of preference, though personally I think the wax is more suitable to most drummers’ needs.

    – Gorilla Snot is a tacky resin that coats both your hand and the stick. You need to wash it vigorously off your hands afterwards. Wax is less mess, as it pretty much stays on the sticks and is a solid block, not at all liquidy.
    – Gorilla Snot provides a more hardcore grip, in case that’s what you need.
    – Gorilla Snot is harsher on the hands. Those drummers prone to blisters may want to stick (no pun intended) with wax, which provides a more subtle (but still plenty effective) grip.
    – Both products nullify sweat.
    – Gorilla Snot has a limited shelf life, while wax lasts forever.
    – Gorilla Snot has a pine scent, as opposed to this wax’s coconut scent.

    I’d recommend most people try the wax first. The average drummer just needs some grip help since naked wood provides very little. Gorilla Snot is the hardcore route, for those who feel the wax just isn’t enough.

    Other options I’ve tried:
    – Gloves alone don’t work at all for me.
    – Grip tape is great, but my hands blister up a lot faster than normal when using it, since it’s more solid and grainy and thus creates a lot of friction. And I’ve tried several brands. PS. If you want to try grip tape, the best is Pro-Mark.
    – Gloves + grip tape works well, while avoiding the hand trauma, but adds too much “stuff” in between the sticks and my hands. It takes away the tactile feedback I otherwise get from feeling the sticks directly in my hands.
    – I’m a fan of Zildjian’s Dip Sticks, as they provide a nice rubberized grip layer, but sticks break too often for me to keep buying those. I need a product I can apply myself to whichever (cheaper) sticks I buy.

    Anyway, this stuff is cheap enough that you can easily try it for yourself, so go for it.

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  2. MR
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    It Works!, July 6, 2006
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    MR (Bahrain) –

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    I wasn’t too sure about using it at first but it really does help. Some friends have complained about the coconut smell – I don’t think it’s too bad, but if you don’t like coconut you probably shouldn’t try it.

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  3. Jose E. Gutierrez
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    No more flying sticks, October 8, 2009
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    I started playing drums a couple of years ago , a problem I had was the sticks flying off from my hand when playing fast and hard ,at first I was hesitant to order this wax , wax ?? sounds like it will make my sticks more slippery , well, I was wrong and my problem is now solved , this wax is fantastic , I applied a light coat to my sticks and I could not beleive the difference ,my fingers feel like they are glued to the sticks , I applied the wax several weeks ago and my sticks still feel like the first day , so I have the feeling this small tin will last a looong time .

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