Ok, stop searching. If you're thinking of getting a Ludwig kit, this article is for YOU! It covers where to get the cheapest price, what sets Ludwig offer, plus what lovely features and finishes they come with. And, there is a link to our Ludwig drum set reviews right here if you want to get some more detail.
So, let's get down to business and cover which drum sets Ludwig have available, and what features and options they include.
Ludwig's Legacy Series drums are a nod to the great kits Ludwig have made in the past. The series is made up of 3 drum sets: the Legacy Exotic, Legacy Classic, and the Liverpool 4.
As you'd expect, they are all super-high quality and come packed with top-end features. The shells are all based on a high-quality Poplar centre with Maple used on the inner and outer plys (as was popular back in the day), giving them a warm tone.
The Liverpool 4 is a cool replica of Ringo Starrs' classic 1964 Black Oyster Pearl set that he played with The Beatles. It maintains alot of the same iconic features including those cool straight cymbal stands. But, it has been updated to bring it inline with today's manufacturing standards.
The Legacy Classic is the more standard variation of the series, while the Legacy Exotic is a waaaaaayyyy souped-up version with incredible finish options and shell hardware choices. Across the 3 sets, there is massive selection of finishes and it goes without saying that they are impressive....very impressive! High-gloss laquers, sparkles and more are available in a range of colours and textures to suit just about anyone.
Price: Listen up! This Ludwig set is super costly, but if you're looking to spend on a top pro-level set, here's the cheapest price we've found online.
The next set is the Stainless Steel, which as the name suggests, is made from genuine stainless steel (who'd have thought it!).
In fact, this is a replica of John Bonham's famous Led Zeppelin kit from the 1970's. It has a really unique sound unlike anything else you'll likely have played before, and it's got buckets of power! Seriously!
It's been released as a limited edition, so there are only so many available to snap up. Many of the original features, like a cymbal stand attached to the bass drum, have been faithfully re-created, but the whole set has benefitted from being made using modern manufacturing methods. The massive sized shells are also present in this remake and give the set an even more fearsome look, not that it needs it!
The shell hardware options are seriously cool too, with the lugs and hoops coming in either brass or chrome. Ludwig have even kept the lugs small just like the 'mini classics' found on the original set.
While this Ludwig kit is 100% stainless steel, you can still pick between a Polished Chrome finish or a Brushed Stainless Steel finish, which both look amazing. Price: If you wanted to get hold of one of these sets, be prepared to pay ALOT for one, and contact Ludwig direct to see if they have any left!
If you're looking for a slightly more affordable Maple set, the Classic Maple might be more for you. Made with 100% North American Maple, and manufactuered using Ludwig's cross lamination process, they sound warm, resonant and very musical.
Ludwig also let you customize the shell hardware with current and classic set-ups to choose from.
Plus, the shells themselves are enhanced by the 45-degree bearing edges cut within 1/16" from the outside edge. These are then slightly sanded to give this Ludwig drum set quite a distinctive sound.
Last of all, there are currently 37 finishes available for the Maple Classic including Sunset Diamond Pearl, Green Sparkle, and Natural Maple. Price: If you're looking to get this set, here's a site that might be worth a look.
Here Ludwig have brought back another classic drum set from the 1970's, this time it's the Vistalite played by the likes of John Bonham. It's been built using hard acrylic like the original, but with modern techniques.
Thankfully, Ludwig aren't shy with the classic hardware goodies, so 'mini classic' lugs, wooden bass drum hoops, and Ludwig's own 70's style bass drum heads are all present. Modern updates include the RIMS style rack tom isolation mount to aid with projection and resonance.
So how does this updated drum set sound? Well, the Vistalite is quite dry, attacking, and loud! The shells are chunky and very direct, so if a blunt, beefy thud is your bag...you'll like these!
Your 4 basic colour options for the Vistalite are Amber, Blue, Yellow, and Clear. Of course, the Amber is awsome as it's what Bonham used to play, but you can also have each shell in a different colour for a Jelly Bean mixture look.
Price: There is normally a 12 week wait for these to be made after you order them, but there are some websites that stock them ready to sell, here's a site that's selling them for a good price.
Next, we have the Epic X-Over which is the result of Ludwigs experiments into using multiple wood types in its shell construction. The shells are made with a combination of Walnut and Maple on the inner and outer plies, with Poplar plies in the center and Birch reinforcement rings on the inside edges.
It makes for a very striking appearance as you can see, but what about the sound? Well, it's a great mixture of deep low-end and attacking highs with a full tone. Included is the usual high-quality shell hardware like the RIMS tom mounts, and 'mini classic' lugs.
As for finishes, this Ludwig set can be left natural (as pictured) or you can get it in Redburst, Purple Passion and others. Price: They're not to common, but if you want a good price on this kit, try heading over to this site and check out the latest deals.
Released during Ludwigs 100th year in business, the Centennial is made from 100% Maple and can be bought in 3 different core shell packs. As you'd expect from Maple, the sound is warm, bright, and quite big with a decent sustain.
The shell fittings are all good quality too and include Ludwig's 'mini lugs' (smaller than their 'classic lugs') and Ludwig's modern RIMS tom mounting system.
Your options for the finish are very limited though, in fact, it's just a natural laquered finish. It's good quality, but there isn't much wood grain to be seen which leaves it looking a bit plain.
Price: These sets have been designed with a mid-level price in mind, so you can get one at a fair price. Here's the lowest price we've found online.
At the lower end of the Ludwig drum set range is the Epic series that includes both Standard and Modular versions.
The Modular set is all Birch and can be bought with double bass drums, while the shells on the Standard set are made with a Maple core ply and outer Birch plies. This combination gives the set the warmth of Maple and attack of Birch at the same time. Nice!
Both variations of the Epic Series do offer a good sound for the low price, but they don't have the same detail and features as Ludwig's more expensive drum sets. Standard features like the RIMS mounting system are still included though, plus the stands which are durable and functional.
The finishes are good value too, and include Blue Fade for the Modular set, and Mahogany Burst for the Standard set. Price: Both sets are good value when bought with stands, and this site has a good price for it.
The Accent Series is Ludwigs entry-level budget set, but that doesn't mean it's not good! This set is made from 100% Birch, so has a good attack with a bright, clean tone.
The shell hardware is a little more basic on this set, but again Ludwig have put the RIMS tom mount to good use. And, the 'mini classic' lugs make an appearance along with rubber insulated bass drum claws and more.
If you want a high-gloss laquer finish, you'd be better off choosing the Custom Elite version of the set, but you can get some satin oil finishes if you just go for the Custom version. Both look pretty good, but the choice of colours is quite limited.
Price: This particular set is quite affordable and can usually be picked up at a good price. Here's a good offer online that's worth checking out.
So, there we have the Ludwig drum set range. There are some more detailed Ludwig reviews in our drum sets review section if you want some more info. Happy shopping! Happy Drumming! And...er...Happy Birthday! (Whenever it is :-))