Ludwig Announces 110th Anniversary Kits, Jazz Fest and Super Series Snares

Ludwig is celebrating its 110th year by remaking and taking inspiration from vintage models dating back to its earliest years. The new drums will include two new kits and the reboot of two acclaimed snare lines from the company's past.

110th Anniversary Kits and Snares

The Legacy Mahogany Diamond Flash Inlay Series uses Ludwig’s “Legacy mahogany 3-ply shell design,” which the company says was first used in 1923. At the time, well before the advent of modern, metal fuselages, the construction technique was “in accordance with the recognized correct principles used in the manufacture of airplanes."

Legacy Mahogany Diamond Flash Inlay Series

Each shell features a 1/16" mahogany outer ply, 1/8" poplar core ply, and 1/16" mahogany inner ply, with 1/4" solid maple reinforcement rings. The bearing edge is a 30-degree cut with a 1/4” radius round over.

There will only be 20 of these kits made as a “Fab Configuration,” featuring a 14x22 bass drum, 16x16 floor tom, 9x13 tom tom, and matching Diamond Flash Inlay snare drum (sold separately). The shells are topped with dyed Tupelo and Koto veneers, with the inlays being made from arctic white birds-eye maple.

Legacy Mahogany Van Buren Series

The Legacy Mahogany Van Buren Series hearkens back to the 1940s, with a slightly different take on the finish “that celebrates the likeness of Ludwig’s first ever drum badge and Chicago showroom,” according to Ludwig. The mahogany-stained shells are also made with the three-ply shell design outlined above, as well as the same 30-degree, round over bearing edge.

Ludwig calls the center poplar ply as a key component to the “war, rich, low-end ‘woody’ tones” drummers associate with classic Ludwig tone. Unlike the Legacy Mahogany Diamond Flash Inlay Series, which feature metal hoops, the Legacy Mahogany Van Buren drums have maple hoops with an iridescent inlaid stripe.

The drums are limited to just one year of production. The “Pro Beat” set includes sizes: 14x24 bass drum, 16x16 floor tom, and a 9x13 tom. A 6.4x14 snare drum is sold separately, while a 16x18 floor tom is also available.

Heirloom Black Brass
Black Beauty 8-Lug
Aged Exotic Avodire
Rosewood Exotic

Rounding out the anniversary releases are four individual snare drums, separate from those available with the anniversary sets.

The 110th Anniversary Black Beauty 8-Lug brings Ludwig’s most revered snare back to specifications found in its original 1920 release: 8-lug black nickel brass shell, brass tube lugs, and single-flanged hoops. It’s available as a 6.5x14 or 5x14 snare.

The Heirloom Black Brass Snare “is finished as a brushed Black Brass shell for a darker presence and imagined with die-cast hoops for elevated focus and attack.” It’s available as a 7x14 or 5.5x14 snare.

Ludwig will make only 110 of its Aged Exotic Avodire snare, which features “undeniably rich examples of Avodire wood finished in our proprietary Poly-Glass Lacquer for maximum durability,” according to the company. It too is available as a 7x14 or 5.5x14 snare.

To bring modern tonewoods to its 110th anniversary series, the Rosewood Exotic snare is an all-rosewood model, featuring 10 different plys and rosewood reinforcement rings.

The 110th Anniversary Rosewood Exotic Snare drum features a 10-ply Rosewood shell, with 10-ply Rosewood reinforcement rings, Die-Cast Nickel hoops, tube lugs and P88 throw off. Includes Ludwig suitcase style snare case. It’s available only as a 6.5x14 snare and includes suitcase-style case.

Jazz Fest and Super Series Snares

In addition to the 100th Anniversary models, Ludwig is also remaking two snare drum series long-beloved by drummers: the Jazz Fest and Super Series.

Vintage Black Oyster
Vintage Blue Oyster
Mod Orange
Black Galaxy

Original No. 908 Jazz Festival snares from the '50s through the '70s are one of the company's the most sought-after vintage models. They were built in both 5x14 and 5.5x14 shells. (You can find a range of them on Reverb: from 1958–1960, 1960–1968, and 1969–1976.)

Ludwig's new Jazz Fest snares will be 5.5x14, and will feature some of the same finishes as the originals—vintage black oyster and vintage blue oyster—along with mod orange or black galaxy.

As you can read in our "History of the Drum Set Part II: Snare Drums Through the Years," Ludwig's Super Series began in the 1940s and featured mahogany or nickel-plated brass shells, a parallel snare system, and was available in a variety of depths.

Super Ludwig
Super Brass

It got a sleek new design in 1960, with only a beaded, two-piece brass shell available with chrome-plated or clear lacquer finishes. In 1963, the model changed to all-aluminum shells and was split into two different varieties: the Supraphonic and Super Sensitive.

Ludwig's two new Super Series snares hearken back to the earlier models, with both featuring brass shells. The Super Ludwig—available in 5x14 and 6.5x14 sizes—has a chrome finish over brass, while the Super Brass has only a lacquer over its brass shell.

White Strata
Avocado Strata
Burgundy Mist
Copper Rose Mist

In addition to these new series, Ludwig also announced four new finishes for its Legacy Mahogany, Legacy Maple, and Classic Maple lines. The new colors include: white strata, avocado strata, burgundy mist, and copper rose mist.

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