Dating vintage ludwig drums

The drum is made up of a 3 ply shell with maple reinforcement rings.

It featured six self-aligning lugs and triple flange hoops.

The drum remained in production into the 1970’s, with features following the same pattern as other drums – updated lugs, snare strainer change from P83 to P85), Tone control muffler updated to round knob etc.

It’s usually the 1960’s drums that pop up on the UK market, however, and they are becoming very popular among players.

According to the 1960 catalogue, these drums had no internal muffler / dampener.

By the time the 1964 Ludwig catalogue came out, many of the drum’s features had been upgraded.

I’d encourage you to go somewhere where you can try these drums and find one that suits the sound you’re searching.

These drums are becoming a classic alongside another ‘student model’ snare drum from Ludwig, the Acrolite.

(Note: Ringo’s drum was a mid-60’s drum but with a 5.5” depth shell – read more here).

Introduced around 1960, this 3-ply 8 lug snare drum evolved from a snare drum that Ludwig were producing in the 1950’s.

We have several Pioneers in the shop as I write, none of them are catalogue correct and show no signs of being tampered with.

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