Ludwig 5x14" LM404 Acrolite Black Galaxy

Reverb Estimated Used Price Range

  • $125$180

Initially marketed as a student snare during its launch 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 utmost sensitivity and a focused, sharp attack. The 1990s models, sometimes referred to as "Blackrolite," featured a new black sparkle finish that rounded out the original lifespan of the Acrolite series.

Years of Production1963-1994, 2012-2013

Shell: Beaded Aluminum

Finish: Black Sparkle, aka "Black Galaxy"