Ludwig 5x14 Acrolite 1960s Matte Aluminum

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  • $190$300

Introduced as an instruction snare for students in 1963, the Ludwig Acrolite quickly gained renown through the music world for the instrument's dry, aggressive "crack" and became a favorite among rock drummers. Made from a single aluminum sheet in a matte finish and housed in 2.3mm triple-flanged chrome hoops and bowtie lugs, the Acrolite is a durable piece of equipment with a refined edge. The 5x14 model benefits from a shallower depth with high sensitivity and a focused, sharp attack. The original 1960s models feature the famous Ludwig Keystone badge.

Years of Production1963-1994, 2012-2013

Shell: Beaded Aluminum

Finish: Anodized Aluminum


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