LUDWIG CLASSIC 1968 DOWNBEAT / HOLLYWOOD 4 PIECE DRUM KIT / BURGUNDY SPARKLE
We love it when these come up! Classics from the Ludwig Boom Time!
Here we have a stunning 1968 Ludwig Classic in Burgundy Sparkle. This is the 3 ply shell, everything on this kit hardware wise is original, the original rail comes with the kit as well as an upgraded atlas mounting rail tom arm and bracket. The Burgundy Sparkle wrap is also the original.
Why is the 1960's period of Ludwig so desired?
Well firstly these drums represent the original 3 ply moulded shell, made from 3 plies of individual (varying mahogany/poplar/mahogany) wood type with reinforcement rings at the top and the bottom. By the later years Ludwig drums had become so popular that some of the original lumber used had become so scarce that Ludwig was forced to buy different woods to continue moulding shells to meet demand.
This kit is the same shell configuration and build design as the Black Oyster drum kit played by Ringo Starr on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 'the show that launched one thousand orders' to quote William F Ludwig.
From the mid sixties onward, Ludwig became 'the most famous name on drums' and this drum kit represents the classic look and tone that made these kits a must have in every studio and on every stage across the world.
The Burgundy Sparkle finish offered here was produced between 1966-1969. This finish is one of the rarer finishes from this production era because of it’s short production run and low rate of turn. It has become a major favourite amongst present day players and collectors.
The kit is an unusual configuration with a mix of sizes that would have come from the down beat and holly wood configurations. There are 2 toms, 1 floor and a bass drum. All these drums are from 1968. On the 13,16 & 20 all the original fixtures and fittings are present including the baseball bat mufflers, the 12 x 8 tom is completely original apart from a newer muffler that has been fitted. The original Tom brackets are still present, the original bass drum rail and tom arm are included with the kit and there is an atlas rail and 1 arm and bracket. The kit was used by the previous owner (a professional player) and a 1 up one down set up, we have set the whole kit up to illustrate what is included.
12 x 8 & 13 x 9 Toms
16 x 16 Floor Tom
20 x 14 Bass Drum
Mini Classic Lugs on 12 x 8 Tom Classic Lugs
Classic Lugs on 13,16 & 20
Key Stone Badge
3 ply shell with Reinforcing rings (Mahogany, Poplar, Mahogany)
Finished in Burgundy Sparkle Wrap (original)
Atlas Rail LAC2983MT & Atlas tom mount LAPAM1 included
Made In the Ludwig USA Factory in 1968
PreLoved - 8/10 Condition - This kit is a real players kit, it sounds great, the chrome is in good shape for a near on 50 year old set, the finish is in great shape too, the atlas mount also adds a nice durable set up option with a classic and in-keeping look.