Vintage Ludwig 1965 Beautiful White Marine Pearl Shell-Pack


Beautiful wrap,
13″ batter hoop has a ding,
But it’s the original & doesn’t affect the sound,
Want to know the best bit?
It’s cheaper than a locksmith’s holiday!
Head of State, Bluebrick Fullstaff

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Vintage Ludwig Circa 1965 Super Classic White Marine Pearl Shell Pack

We have been selling vintage Ludwig drums for a long time now and we cannot over emphasise how hard White Marine Pearl (WMP to the knowledge guys) finished kits are becoming to source. This is an exceptional example and maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy one in its current condition.

This stunning example has just arrived and we have no hesitance in saying, it is definitely one in really beautiful condition.

Despite the inner shells not showing any date stamps, the serial numbers suggest it is a set from around 1965.  All three drums have the original factory interior white paint so we are confident the date stamps have not been hidden under any paintwork outside of the Ludwig factory.

The hardware on this set is something else; the rail mount is in very nice condition and only shows minimal wear.

It won’t be surprising for those of you familiar with sets of this age and finish to learn that the White Marine Pearl wrap has faded, just a touch. If you were expecting it not to have faded, then perhaps vintage kits are not for you!

As expected with kits of this era, it has not survived blemish-free and in this case we find the 13” Rack Tom hoop with a dent (pictured). However, this does not affect the drum’s ability to tune and does not affect the true sound of the drum. Therefore, we are leaving it as it is.

All in all, this is a fantastic set from the golden period of Ludwig and can only increase in rarity and value.

Sizes & Badge Detail

  • 1 x 13″ x 9 ” Rack Tom, S/N: 562058
  • 1 x 16″ x 16″ Floor Tom, S/N: 507133
  • 1 x 22″ x 14″ Bass Drum, S/N: 436594

Just to be clear, there are no other drums/cases or hardware included with this lot, only what is listed above!

Other Parts & Condition

  • Dampers: white felt, all good condition
  • Rail Mount: amazing, retaining a really strong hold
  • Bass Drum Hoops: some small flakes of paint missing where claws have tightened
  • Hardware: all chrome is in great shape, Bass Drum legs & Floor Tom spurs are original

Overall, this set scores a high 9/10 on the condition scale. As we have already said, WMP finish vintage Ludwig has become scarcer in recent years so if you’re looking for a vintage Ludwig set in this classic finish, then you will not be disappointed with this one. Tyre kick this and you’re sure to miss!

Non-UK buyers welcome, please contact us for a shipping quote to your country.