FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
A founding member of Dave Matthews Band and truly one of the best-known drummers in the world, Carter Beauford brought his immense talent to Vic Firth in search of the perfect pair. Creating a versatile stick was an absolute must for this man who is known for his ability to adapt to a variety of genres. Together, Carter and Vic have surely done that!
Carter’s new signature stick combines a 5B shaft with an extended taper and elongated oval wood tip. The result is a design that provides superior response, sound and versatility. For a distinctive look and feel, the butt end of the stick is dressed in our anti-slip Vic Grip coating in Carter’s signature yellow. This specially formulated coating is extremely durable and an ideal choice for players like Carter who prefer an enhanced grip on their drumsticks.
“When you work as much as we do, there isn’t a lot of time to try out new gear,” states Beauford. “You get kind of locked into a routine. And that’s sometimes unfortunate, because there could be something out there that’s better. That was the case with me and Vic Firth! When a friend of mine recently put some Vic Sticks in my hands, I could not believe the difference. The stick not only felt perfectly straight and balanced, but I could also hear the difference immediately. I found I didn’t have to work so hard because the stick was working for me. It was then I realized that I had found the right tool for the job.” -Carter Beauford
Carter Beauford (SBEA)
A 5B shaft with an extended taper and elongated oval wood tip. Superior response‚ sound and versatility. Dressed in yellow Vic Grip.
L = 16" | Dia. = .595" [enlarge photo]
Joe Testa, Director of Artist Relations for Vic Firth Company, has known Carter personally and professionally for many years. “To be able to work with him is a complete honor for me. Having had the great fortune of watching him many times, I am still always astonished at what a marvelous player he is. Knowing that he will be moving forward playing our sticks just makes it that much better. To have yet another artist of this caliber choose Vic Firth attests to the quality of our products and our commitment to the musicians who use them.”
Vic concludes, “I have admired Carter for his terrific drumming style for many years. With the rare ability to inject such a unique playing sensibility, he flourishes as an inspiration to us all! It is no wonder that he has garnered countless awards including Rolling Stone magazine’s recognition as one of the top 10 drummers of all time! I am so delighted to have Carter as part of the Vic Firth family!”