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 circumferentially 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 circumferentially 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.