Ludwig serial number dating guides
If anyone is interested, I will be happy to share some hints that I have picked up. As a follow up to my dating guide for Gretsch drums released in 2011, I am proud to announce that I have written a new (and I think much improved) serial number based dating guide for Ludwig drums.It covers Ludwigs main line drums produced from late 1963 through 1984 and Ludwigs second line Standard brand drums produced from 1968 to about 1973.I relied upon a database of more than 6,300 drums when preparing this paper.The vintagedrumguide has the following statement: "If you are trying to figure out the serial number with a Ludwig serial number dating guide, it will not work.The Standard drums do not fit the serial numbers." Although several people have been frustrated by this issue, I do not know that anyone has compiled a database of Standard serial numbers. The dates appeared either stamped on the shells or on labels inside the drums.I enjoyed being able to share what data I had to see this come together. could have a red felt baseball bat muffler or a white felt of the same. I think many have known it was coming for a few months, since it has been alluded to in several posts. Rick __________________ Collecting information about the following for ongoing research projects: Gretsch drums with serial numbers, Ludwig Keystone and B/O badge drums with serial numbers and date stamps, Ludwig Standards from 1968-73, and Ludwigs with paper labels from 1971-72 brass or steel hoops would be correct or a combination of both during this period.
I also evaluate the strengths and limitations of each of the dating guides already in print.
I know their numbers are incorrect because I have drums with six digit serial numbers, bought as a factory set in 1974, that start with 957, 958, 959, 961 and 969.
Has anyone ever researched or questioned what appears to be erroneous information? According to the chart you provided, your drums were made in 1976, assuming you have Blue & Olive badges, except for the serial #1755xxx, which would be 1977 to 1979.
Rick __________________ Collecting information about the following for ongoing research projects: Gretsch drums with serial numbers, Ludwig Keystone and B/O badge drums with serial numbers and date stamps, Ludwig Standards from 1968-73, and Ludwigs with paper labels from 1971-72 John I don't even have any copies myself to sell yet!
Gretsch Drum Dating rick thanks again for putting all of this great info together for all of us Ludwig collectors and enthusiasts! that should be a early spring 65 ludalloy supraphonic. I've bookmarked the website and I'll order the publication. Thanks to Mike Layton and all the contributors for their hard work and input as well. At this point, I was wanting to thank some people who contributed and announce the publication.
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