Ludwig Universal Wood Snare Drum

Want more response and sensitivity out of a snare? The Ludwig Universal snare drum features dark, warm wood tones, sensitivity, and a dynamic tuning range.

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Overall User Ratings (based on 1 ratings)
  • Overall:
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Sound:
    4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Features:
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Ease of Use:
    2.5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality:
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Value:
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Manufacturer Support:
    3 out of 5 stars
  • The Wow Factor:
    1 out of 5 stars
Overall: 2 out of 5 stars
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Submitted August 17, 2022 by Ty Del Rose in Midlothian, IL

"One Gig Wonder"

Overall: 2 out of 5 stars
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Great sounding drum but the stock throw-off is JUNK! I purchased the 6.5x14 Mahogany version. Not even two gigs in with this brand new drum, and BOTH of the tension rods on the throw-off that hold the snare wire straps in place are stripped, rendering the entire drum useless. I'm on tour right now and it's not exactly the time for me to be having snare issues, especially with some festival appearances coming up. Ludwig hasn't exactly been known for their hardware to begin with, but they REALLY cheaped out on this one! It's a shame because the shell itself actually has a really nice fundamental tone and sounds great when it's in tune and the throw off actually WORKS. Incredibly disappointed in the quality of this drum!
It's a great sounding drum! The shell is really nice and has a great fundamental tone right around 205hz. When it's tuned up nicely, it really sounds good!
It has nice bearing edges and tube lugs, and seems to tune pretty easily and hold its tune decently well, despite me being a very hard hitter. Where this drum falls WAY short though, is in the throw-off. The tension rods that hold the snare wire straps in place feel VERY cheap and actually BOTH stripped out on me not even TWO gigs in, which renders the whole thing useless for a professional situation where I need quality, reliable sound. It's one of the things you should be able to trust to hold up, especially at such a high price range. Ludwig really missed the mark on hardware quality with this one.
Ease of Use
It tunes well and when the snare wires are actually functional, it sounds good!
The shell itself is nice but as mentioned, they really cheaped out on the throw-off. It didn't even last me two days. To say I'm disappointed in the quality is an understatement.
Not even close. There's far better built alternatives from many of Ludwig's competitors.
The Wow Factor
After playing it, it's a great sounding drum but if I could go back I'd opt for something that's actually going to hold up for more than two gigs under normal playing circumstances.

Musical Background:

Touring Drummer

Musical Style:

Rock, Alternative, Blues, Soul, Country, etc
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