Welcome to The Gretsch Drum Experts! We are here to answer your Gretsch drum history questions. There is an entire section devoted to Gretsch Drums, including the history of Gretsch Drums, drum badges , catalog pages on their snare drums as well as drum sets. As always, we are learning and researching and adding new items to this web site.
Vintage Drum Guide - Vintage Drum Badges - History of Vintage Drums
Serial number-based dating and authentication guides are available for Gretsch, Ludwig and Ludwig Standard drums. Because the approach is serial number based, it only applies to Gretsch drums with serial numbers starting in about , Ludwig main line drums with serial numbers starting in late Ludwig Standards made starting in about through about are also addressed Ludwig reused the "Standard" brand a few times. Because the focus is on vintage drums, the guides do not generally address drums made after the mids. The guides present information based upon data gathered from thousands of vintage drums. They are based upon volumes of information taken from actual drums and refrain from repeating the legend and lore of vintage drums, which is often inaccurate and not based upon reality. The guides teach the reader about changes in the physical characteristics of these drums which will help them to determine if a drum is authentic or just a collection of mismatched parts.
The evolution of Ludwig hardware is a detailed and multi-faceted story. For this reason and the aforementioned trend of updating vintage drums, hardware will not be covered in this guide. Date stamps are simultaneously the best and worst means to properly date a Ludwig drum from the '60s use of the date stamp was discontinued ca. A drum was stamped when the shell was finished, providing the most accurate depiction of the age of wood due to the fact final assembly came later.
Home Contact Privacy. This was the first badge used on Gretsch drums going all the way back to The Round Badge was attached to snare drums and bass drums using a standard brass grommet which also provided a vent-hole for the drum, but it was attached to tom-toms using a carpenter's upholstery tack which therefore left those drums unvented.