Crafted in maple and featuring an oval tip, the SD9 is a favorite for Jazz. But don’t overlook the Driver for rock, either! Plenty of hard-hitters are choosing maple these days! The American Custom® line consists of a variety of models conceived and engineered by Vic Firth—performer and educator. The first manufacturer to apply the concept of a round striking surface to drumstick design, Vic developed the other originals that complete the line with jazz players in mind. All eleven models are turned from select rock maple for a light, fast playing stick with great flex and rebound. The Custom line is perfect for the artist who is playing lighter types of music, or prefers a beefier stick without a lot of weight.