Ludwig drum badge dating

ludwig drum badge dating

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.*

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.

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 Rockers start using transition badges?

1990s Ludwig Rockers. This was a transition badge and you will see it with and without a serial number it is prior to and during the move to Monroe. This badge was covered by the hoop and normally is not cut on the top. It was on a 1985 snare drum.

How many Ludwig Drums have serial numbers and date stamps?

As of December 10, 2013, a database of 1,442 reliable reports of serial numbers and date stamps from the main line of Ludwig drums has been compiled. Fifty-eight have date stamps but badges without serial numbers and 120 additional drums have serial numbers and Date Codes.

How can I tell how old a Ludwig drum is?

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. 1970 with the introduction of the “Blue & Olive” badge). 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.

How did we begin the process of indexing Ludwig drums?

We began in the late 1980’s by monitoring all of the 60’s Ludwig drums that came into our shop. Thanks to the production boom of the 60’s, 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.

When did Ludwig change the badge on classic shells?

A larger “modern” keystone badge was put on Classic shells and by 1985. When the Chicago plant closed, this badge read “Monroe, NC”, and no longer “Chicago USA”. Ludwig classic shells underwent another change in 1988, offering a 4-ply maple shell known as the “Super Classic”.

What do the different era badges on a Ludwig drum mean?

The Modular bracket, another 70’s era innovation, took on more recognition in the 1980’s. New Blue/Olive badges with rounded lower left and upper right corners (debuting in 1979) came to represent the close of one era, while another came. By 1984, Ludwig Classic shells had a new badge marking the end of Ludwig Chicago era drums.

How do I identify a 70’s Ludwig?

Ludwig drums could also be identified even further, than simply from the badge, into a specific time period of the 70’s by the construction of the shell, and the hardware used throughout the drum. Ludwig shells from 1970-1975 carried the 3-ply maple/ poplar/ maple with the re-enforcement ring construction of the late 60’s.

Where can I find help with my Ludwig drum history?

We are here to answer your Ludwig drum history questions. If you are learning about your Ludwig Drum Set or Ludwig Snare Drum and want help then please ask the Drum Experts. The Ludwig Drum Experts have an extensive section devoted to Ludwig Drums over on our Vintage Drum Guide web site.

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