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Vintage 1966 Keystone
White Marine Pearl Finish

Ludwig Vintage 1966 Keystone White Marine Pearl Finish

Per Day : $242
Per Week: $726

The sixties presented the largest production boom for the Ludwig Drum Company. Through prior decades, Ludwig faced challenging obstacles to stay afloat as a profitable business. Though unique and well regarded products were produced for the drum market by brothers Theobald and William F. Ludwig, unfortunate circumstances lead to the demise of Ludwig brand drums in its earlier years. It wasn’t until William F. Ludwig reacquired the Ludwig brand name in the late 1950’s that Ludwig drums would once again become a renowned figure in the music industry. Founder William F. Ludwig headed the newly establish Ludwig drum company from a new production facility located at 1728 N. Damen Avenue in Chicago Illinois. The company moved onward with one goal in mind, to satisfy the demands of the evolving drummer. It was original innovative designs that gave birth to a new sound, quick to become an echoing legacy.

The Ludwig Company built outfits catering to amateur and pro drummers alike. It was the design of 3ply Classic shells wrapped in stunning decor that left a lasting impression on drummers for years to come. The 3-ply shells were available in several different sizes and outfits to satisfy requests of drummers. Shells were crafted from a mold consisting of 3 individual plies of varying woods with a single reinforcement rings on each end of the drum shell. Ludwig Classic shells were outfitted with separate lug casing for a batter head and a resonant head.

The design of Classic Shells and the tone produced would be showcased on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 by The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, changing Ludwig drums forever! A Classic shell Downbeat kit in Black Oyster Pearl finish played by Ringo backed up the string arrangement and vocal melodies of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. William F. Ludwig Jr., president of the company, would often joke that the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show was “the show that launched one thousand orders.”

For the next few years, Ludwig struggled to keep up with all the orders and demand for Ludwig products. The company’s sales doubled in two years from 6.1 million to 13.1 million dollars. Ludwig drums were so high in demand that proper lumber for Classic shell molds were becoming scarce. Ludwig was forced to buy different types of wood to mold shells resulting in a variance in shell make up for classic shells. For three years the company only closed on 3 holidays: Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s. From this point forward, the Ludwig name will became synonymous with rock and roll drummers.

Ludwig '60s kits are, and always will be one of the most sought after drum sounds around.

A choice of snare drums is available and one snare is included in the kit price. All kits are supplied in any 5-piece configuration for the listed price when available and include:

  • Kick Pedal
  • Hi-Hat Stand
  • Snare Stand
  • 3 x Cymbal Boom Stands
  • All Tom Hardware & Stool in SKB Cases.

Please note price does not include the hire of cymbals. Please refer to our Backline Hire Price List for cymbal prices and a list of snare drums available.

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