Dating vintage ludwig drums

dating vintage ludwig drums

How do I find the date on a Ludwig drum?

Many Ludwig drums, including main line (Keystone and Blue/Olive Badges) and Standards, have dates stamped inside their shells or on paper labels. In the 1999-2005 time frame, several guides were published which report known serial number and date stamp combinations and/or show the general relationship between serial number and date.*

Is there a Ludwig serial number dating guide?

Regardless, there are three different Ludwig Serial Number dating guides, drum badge dating guides and all sorts of Ludwig History. Just follow the links below

What are the different years of Ludwig drums?

The lion’s share of vintage Ludwig drums available on the market hail from the company’s golden years of the 60s, 70s, and early 80s.

Why do Ludwig Drums have serial numbers on badges?

The boom in production, along with new government regulations, prompted Ludwig to begin issuing serial numbers on badges of their drums. The new regulation would later make it easier to date and catalog Ludwig drums, but it came with a price of extensive time and effort.

How can I tell what year my Ludwig Drum was made?

It contains particular number/date stamp pairs chosen from our original serial number index because they serve as good representations of the chronological trend of the serial number sequence. By using this chart, you will be able to know in most cases the year, and time frame within the year, that your 1960’s Ludwig drum was made.

How did we begin the process of indexing Ludwig drums?

We began in the late 1980s by monitoring all of the 60s Ludwig drums that came into our shop. Thanks to the production boom of the 60s, we had a large sampling of drums, which provided enough data to do our research. When we found a drum with both a serial number and complete date stamp present, this data was entered into a serial number index.

How do I identify a Ludwig?

In this article, we’ll be looking at the three best ways to identify a Ludwig: date stamp, serial number/badge style and shell construction. Forenote:The first two means of indication, date stamp and serial number/badge style, are the two most accurate for identifying the correct year of production.

What does the date on a drum serial number mean?

However, it is also possible that this number does not contain any representation of the date of manufacture at all. The drums with these date codes had B/O badges with serial numbers ranging from 825000 to about 979000 and Standard serial numbers in a range from about 49000 to 67000.

Do Ludwig Drums have a serial number?

Ludwig drums have a distinct advantage over Gretsch when it comes to establishing a relationship between serial number and date. Many Ludwig drums, including main line (Keystone and Blue/Olive Badges) and Standards, have dates stamped inside their shells or on paper labels.

When did Ludwig start putting serial numbers on badges?

The database includes drums from the beginning of Ludwigs use of serial numbers on Keystone badges in late 1963 and continues through the Blue/Olive Badges to the large Keystone badges which began in around 1984.

When did Ludwig stop making blue badges on drums?

These addressed the Keystone badge drums of the 1960s and ventured only slightly into the Blue/Olive badges which replaced them in 1969. Most knowledgeable of Ludwig drums agree that someone armed with only a serial number cannot reliably pinpoint a date of manufacture of a Ludwig drum.

Why did Ludwig rounded off the edges of the badges?

After receiving a number of complaints that the badges catch on clothing and fabric, Ludwig began rounding off the edges, producing the “rounded” badge. In addition, individual owners may have trimmed the badges themselves, so consulting a serial number will provide a better gauge on the drum.

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