At Winter NAMM 2017, the Avedis Zildjian Company launched three new drumstick models for 2017: two new Artist Series sticks designed for Josh Dun and Thomas Pridgen, and the 9 Gauge stick, an extension of the company’s Gauge series.


The Josh Dun Artist Series stick ($17.75 MSRP) is built to stand up to the aggressive grooves that drive Twenty One Pilots. It features a beefed up 5A shaft with extra length for more reach and effortless velocity. Its medium taper is designed to everything in balance and the oval tip creates a surface area ideal for punchy drums and bright cymbals. On this eye catching red stick is a reproduction of Josh’s signature and Twenty One Pilots’ Skeleton Clique “Alien Josh” logo.


The Thomas Pridgen Artist Series stick ($17.25 MSRP) is bold and aggressive by design. Its extra length, combined with a short taper, pushes more weight to the front of the stick, allowing the diameter to stay in the sweet spot between the 5A and 5B. A large oval tip translates all that power into fat sound on the drums and plenty of volume from the cymbals. This natural color stick features Thomas’ cartoon character logo.

The new 9 Gauge stick ($15.50 MSRP) adds to Zildjian’s popular Gauge series. Clocking in at .563, the 9 Gauge is an extremely well-balanced stick, capable of producing an exceptional cymbal sound. All Gauge models (6, 8, 10, and 12 Gauge) proportionately feature the finely-tuned properties of the 9 Gauge and Zildjian’s new Fusion tip shape that combines elements of an acorn and a round tip for bright, focused cymbal sounds.

All Zildjian drumsticks are made in Newport, Maine.


The new K Custom Special Dry collection is an extension of the company’s K Custom family of cymbals, remastered for today’s modern musical styles.

These raw and earthy cymbals deliver a dry, funky sound with lots of dirt for a unique expression of personality.  An innovative three step hammering process, distinctive shape and extra thin weight give the cymbals a fast attack, while shutting down quickly with just enough sustain.

There are 15 models available in this collection, ranging from 10″  Splashes to 23″  Rides.  Larger size Crashes (up to 22″) allow drummers to experience louder volume with trashy overtones. A dynamic 14″ FX Hi-Hat Top (sold only as a top) features a hole pattern that emulates a “filtered” sound. The Trash Crashes and Trash China create a unique white noise sound that projects through any live performance, making them the perfect cymbals for accents.

Each of the K Custom Special Dry cymbals were made from Zildjian’s legendary 80/20 bronze secret alloy at the only U.S.-based cymbal factory in Norwell, Massachusetts.

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