Ludwig Drums
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Every Ludwig USA drum is a custom drum; hand-made to-order at our plant in Monroe, NC. With decades of experience and over a hundred years of drum-making pedagree behind us, the Ludwig Monroe team's passion for excellence and attention to detail shine in every drum that leaves the plant. For a better idea of what goes in to the making of each Ludwig product, enjoy this unique "bird's-eye view" of the people and the process at Ludwig Monroe, and learn the secret of The Most Famous Name on Drums.

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SHELLS


Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

The process literally begins at the root: with the shell.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Two and three-ply cross-laminated panels are then cut.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

All Ludwig USA shells are produced using Radio Frequency Shell Technology.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

The optimum make-up of grain rotation, consistency and arrangement is essential.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Completed shells are then cut to size and routed for Ludwig's bearing edge.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Each shell gets personal care and attention from the craftsman.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Two-step inner seal-lacquer coat and sanding process.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Shells for custom LCG kits and components are then matched - by order.

FINISHES


Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

WrapTite drum sets are then taken to get the final ply.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Lacquered drums begin their 5-step coating process.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

An outer coat of poly-lacquer is applied.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Ludwig's special UV-cured outer lacquer coat is applied.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Hand-rubbed, buffed for shine and protection.

PRE-ASSEMBLY


Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Shells are then drilled and prepared.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

The iconic Keystone badge is fitted into place.

METAL SNARES, HEADS & ASSEMBLY


Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Individually sanded, buffed, and polished.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

All Ludwig USA drums are fitted with Ludwig WeatherMaster Heads.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Completed shells and snares are then assembled, inspected, and checked.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Checked for accuracy through a newly-improved inspection process.
Ludwig Drums Factory Tour

Ludwig's original Speed King remains a favorite of drummers the world over.

Ludwig LCG

In addition to drum sets, Ludwig USA in Monroe, NC is also the manufacturing point for Ludwig Timpani, Concert and Marching Percussion, hand-wound Musser mallets, Drum Heads, Pedals, and other accessories; all of which get the same 'white-glove' treatment from our experienced manufacturing staff.



Ludwig Drums and Percussion