Ludwig Classic Maple 4-Piece in Natural Lacquer
8x12 Mounted tom
9 x 13 mounted tom
16 x 16 floor tom with legs
16 x 22 virgin bass drum
Inspired by the drum construction from Ludwig's golden era, Classic Maple options are limited only by your imagination. With dozens of configurations, component sizes, current or classic hardware choices and finish possibilities, the player is completely in control of how the drum looks, plays and performs.
No matter the playing style or preference, Classic Maple takes the options the discerning players demand and puts them right in the pocket of the player. Each Classic Maple outfit or component drum can be custom configured to include hardware options to best suit any playing environment.
Classic Maple Shell Construction
Proudly made in Monroe, North Carolina, Ludwig takes great care in selecting only the finest quality materials for Classic Maple drums.
This process starts with select North American maple. The maple is cut into panels. The outside panel is 1.8mm thick, two ply, cross laminated maple. Cross lamination is the process in which the panels are made of two glued plies of wood, with the grain direction of one ply at 90 degrees in relation to the grain direction of the adjacent ply. The outside grain runs circumferential with the shell.
The center panel is 2.4 mm thick, three ply, cross-laminated maple. The middle ply runs circumferential with the shell, and the outer plies are at 90 degrees. The inside panel is 1.8mm thick, two ply, cross laminated maple. The inside grain runs circumferential with the shell. This gives the 7-ply shells a total thickness of 6mm.
The bearing edges are cut to a 45 degree angle within 1/16" from the outside edge. The sharp edges are rounded by light sanding for a smooth even surface. This process results in what is the unmistakable signature Ludwig sound.