The evolution of Ludwig hardware is a detailed and multi-faceted story. For this reason and the aforementioned trend of updating vintage drums, hardware will not be covered in this guide. Date stamps are simultaneously the best and worst means to properly date a Ludwig drum from the '60s use of the date stamp was discontinued ca. A drum was stamped when the shell was finished, providing the most accurate depiction of the age of wood due to the fact final assembly came later. The difficulty in date stamps is, more often than not, that the stamp has been rendered illegible or removed completely due to the wear and tear of the years. Aside from the exact date printed on the shell, the color of ink used will assist in identifying the era of the drum and indicate the possibility of forgery.
Drum News:. The Subject says it all. I just bought a used Ludwig snare and would like to learn of it's history. Is there a user friendly site that can help me find out about it's birth? The drum is a Ludwig black and white badge black sparkle acrolite snare drum.
How to Date Ludwig Drums – Ludwig Serial Number Chart #1 plus more history
There is a certain passion and joy that goes into documenting, or identifying a vintage drum, especially one manufactured by Ludwig. It tells a story, not only in what it is, but where it's been; the roads traveled, its relevance to drum manufacturing, and its influence on music. Dating Ludwig Drum products can be rather easy or quite tedious. In reality, the early days of drum manufacturing held no regard for dating or serializing a product for chronological relevance.
Ludwig Drum Company History. Welcome to the Ludwig Drums History section of the web site. From here you should be able to gather information to determine what Ludwig Drums you have and what year they were made. What you might not know if you are new to vintage drums is that manufactureres did not keep accurate records and inventory control was not part of the daily operations of drum making. One day a box of drum badges could turn up or in many cases new serial number badges were put on top of older serial number badges making it difficult for us today to know exactly when the drum was made.