Ludwig No. 908 Jazz Festival 5x14" 8-Lug Snare Drum 1960 - 1969

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Overview

The Jazz Festival is one of the most sought-after vintage American snare drums. With Ludwig's legendary 3-ply mahogany/poplar shell (switching to maple/poplar in late '68), eight bowtie lugs, P-83 strainer, and the iconic keystone badge, the "Jazz Fest" epitomizes the classic '60s snare sound and aesthetic. Thanks to Ringo Starr and his rare 1963 5.5" Jazz Fest in Oyster Black Pearl, certain variants of this drum fetch thousands of dollars while most remain easily attainable for the working drummer or casual collector.

Originally introduced as the WFL "Swingster Dance" model in 1953, the drum was later renamed after popular big band drummer Barrett Deems. Both of these versions featured a slightly deeper 5.5" shell. By the late 1950s, the drum was again renamed the Jazz Festival, this time under the Ludwig banner and now sporting the classic "transition" badge. In 1960, though the officially catalogued depth was changed to 5", leftover inventory of 5.5" deep shells was slowly used up over the next couple years, resulting in anomalies such as the aforementioned drum heard on countless Beatles hits.

Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • No. 908 Jazz Festival 5x14" 8-Lug Snare Drum with Keystone Badge
Finish
  • Black Diamond Pearl
  • Black Duco Lacquer
  • Black Galaxy Sparkle
  • Black/Gold Duco Lacquer
  • Black/Silver Duco
  • Blue Duco Lacquer
  • Blue Sparkle
  • Blue/Gold Duco
  • Blue/Gold Duco Lacquer
  • Blue/Silver Duco Lacquer
  • Burgundy Sparkle
  • Champagne Sparkle
  • Citrus Mod
  • Gold Sparkle
  • Green Sparkle
  • Jet Black Ebony Pearl
  • Mahogany Lacquer
  • Mod Orange
  • Oyster Black Pearl
  • Oyster Black pearl
  • Oyster Blue Pearl
  • Oyster Pink Pearl
  • Psychedelic Red
  • Red Duco
  • Red Sparkle
  • Silver Sparkle
  • Sky Blue Pearl
  • White Marine Pearl
Year
  • 1960s
Made In
  • United States

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