Topshelf Instruments

Used Ludwig Pioneer Snare Drum Gold Sparkle 1964

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  • Used Ludwig Pioneer Snare Drum Gold Sparkle 1964
  • Used Ludwig Pioneer Snare Drum Gold Sparkle 1964
  • Used Ludwig Pioneer Snare Drum Gold Sparkle 1964
  • Used Ludwig Pioneer Snare Drum Gold Sparkle 1964
  • Used Ludwig Pioneer Snare Drum Gold Sparkle 1964
  • Used Ludwig Pioneer Snare Drum Gold Sparkle 1964
  • Used Ludwig Pioneer Snare Drum Gold Sparkle 1964
  • Used Ludwig Pioneer Snare Drum Gold Sparkle 1964

Topshelf Instruments

Used Ludwig Pioneer Snare Drum Gold Sparkle 1964

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Ludwig Pioneer snare in gold sparkle, 1964, 14x5.5". These six-lug models are very light, and while you don't get the same accuracy in tuning than with an eight or ten lug snare, they have a lovely open, warm tone with a singing fundamental note. Plus, it takes you half the time to change the heads! She's looking very good for her 53 years, with no major cosmetic or functional issues. The tone of these vintage 3-ply shells is so appealing, new drums just don't sound like this! The gold sparkle/glitter wrap looks amazing under lights, it's mellowed a little with age and looks super classy. Great vintage Ludwig tone for a great price.

Manufacturer: Ludwig
Model:  Pioneer Snare Drum
Size: 14" x 5.5"
Lugs: 6
Year: 1964 (best estimate, serial 62601, dating guide is here)
Made in: Chicago, USA
Finish: Gold sparkle wrap
Shell construction: 3 ply mahogany-poplar-mahogany, maple reinforcement rings, painted white inner ply
Hoops: Triple flanged
Mods: Snare wires likely have to have replaced
Batter head: Remo Emperor coated, new (not pictured)
Resonant head: Remo Ambassador hazy, used but good condition

Condition notes: No major scratches or dings. Shell is in round. Chrome is in fair condition with some noticeable aging including minor pitting. There's basically no rust on the hoops, butt plate or throw. Throw-off and internal dampener work fine. Tunes up easily, no issues with lugs or tension rods. Overall: good condition.