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With the touring player's demands in mind, Ludwig presents the Centennial Series.

Originally created to recognize Ludwig's 100th Anniversary in 2009, Ludwig Centennial Series Drums have been expanded to include three new shell packs in popular, tour-ready configurations. Fusing the warmth and projection of quality North American Maple shells with a choice of six custom sparkle or natural lacquer finishes, the Centennial Series delivers reliabiity and the legendary Ludwig sound in one exceptional package.

The 100% North American Maple Shells are crowned with Vibraband Suspension Rims to ensure supreme resonance, while wearing triple-flanged chrome hoops and redesigned classic lugs. The bass drum features an undrilled design to maintain the natural timbre of the drum. In addition, the die-cast bass drum claws and telescoping spurs ensure a dependable tune and base, respectively.

The Zep configuration features the fabled 26 x 14 in. kick drum, 14 x 10 in. rack tom and 16 x 16 in. and 18 x 16 in.floor toms. Simply put—this shell pack is heavy machinery for a rock drummer who wants to bring the thunder. With additional component drums available to fit the needs of any playing style, Centennial Series Drums are Ludwig's answer to the working drummer's battle cry.

Snare, cymbals and stands sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Huge John Bonham-inspired drums ideal for rock drummers
  • 100% North American maple shells
  • Vibraband Suspension Rims allow for maximum resonance
  • Virgin bass drum maintains timbre
  • Special edition "Centennial" badge commemorating Ludwig's 100th anniversary

Legendary Ludwig reliability and sound in one exceptional package. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Configuration
  • Bass Drum(s): 26 x 14 in.
  • Tom(s): 14 x 10 in.
  • Floor Tom(s): 16 x 16 in., 18 x 16 in.
  • Snare: Not Applicable
  • Total Pieces: 4
  • Hardware: Not Applicable
  • Cymbals: Not Applicable
Shells
  • Shell Material: Maple
  • Construction: 6-Ply
  • Thickness (mm): Info Not Available
  • Bearing Edge: 45°
  • Reinforcement Ring: Not Applicable
Drum Hardware
  • Material: Steel
  • Mounts: Suspended
  • Hoops: Triple-flange
  • Lugs: Patented
Other
  • Heads: Branded
  • Finish Type: Lacquer
  • Country of Origin: Taiwan
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LudwigCentennial Zep 4-Piece Shell Pack
 
4.9

(based on 11 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (11)
  • Huge tone (10)
  • Responsive (9)
  • Sensitive (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

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    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

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(17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Work Horse

By Graham Saunders

from Phoenix, AZ

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Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Huge Tone
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Jazz Clubs
    • Recording
    • Venues

    Comments about Ludwig Centennial Zep 4-Piece Shell Pack:

    I have been playing this kit for 4 years now. I am extremely happy with it and highly recommend it. I have done studio and live work with it and have not had a problem.

    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    phenomenal kit

    By Tater

    from Detroit, michigan

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    Pros

    • Easy to tune
    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • John Bonham Sound
    • Nothing Like It
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Not Made In The Usa

    Best Uses

    • Hard Rock
    • Led Zeppelin Covers

    Comments about Ludwig Centennial Zep 4-Piece Shell Pack:

    This was a purchase I was anticipating for years and am very proud I can finally say I own it. phenomenal kit sounds great with stock heads but I would recommend getting some new ones that fit your style. I got mine in the natural finish and it is beautifully finished on solid north American maple with a gloss that really shines under stage lights. I would definitely use this in the studio and on stage because its gives a sound that is very original and really kicks your butt to listen to. Overall I am extremely happy with purchase and will definitely keep Ludwig in mind on future purchases. I would just like to see it made in the USA. I would also recommend getting some sort of dampening like Evans Emad or Remo powerstroke, or felt strips, muffling pillow or even just a blanket for the bass.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Make your precence known !!!

    By high tech redneck

    from atlanta , ga

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    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Not Enough Finish Choices

    Best Uses

    • This Is A Pop Rock Set

    Comments about Ludwig Centennial Zep 4-Piece Shell Pack:

    The fit and finish of these drums are excellent. They have a huge sound presence, many times i dont have to Mic the set at all. they pick up from the other mics to give a good balanced sound. My bandmates love the look and the sound.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Kit

    By The Jersey Kid

    from NJ

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    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Styles
      • Recording
      • Rock
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ludwig Centennial Zep 4-Piece Shell Pack:

      I am really liking this kit. Sounds great. The guys in my band love the sound too. I especially like the big 26" kick drum. It's got a nice boom to it but doesn't sound like a timpani. I think you could play any kind of music with this kit. They are very responsive. It also helps that they look good too. I purchased the mahogany burst finish and think they're beautiful. I didn't use the stock batter heads, so I don't know about those. I put some Remos of my choice on them right out of the box. I don't regret getting these at all. I should've done it much sooner. These are definitely what I was looking for.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      As close to John Bonham sound as it gets...

      By Will Pantaleo

      from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Decent Stock Heads
      • Great Sound
      • Huge, Full John Bonham Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Versatile
      • Well built

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gigs
        • Sounds great in the studio
        • Zeppelin Tribute band

        Comments about Ludwig Centennial Zep 4-Piece Shell Pack:

        This is an amazing drum kit from Ludwig. It delivers the closest thing to John Bonham's legendary sound. The stock heads are decent, and will make do. If it's tuned up right, the bass drum has got the same wailing thump as John Bonham's. The toms are a little to full of overtones, but Remo muffls fix that problem and make them sound great. It's built like a tank. It's taken a beating for the short time that I have owned it and it's held up surprisingly well. The natural finish looks absolutely stunning and has a great shine under any light. Personally, the natural is the best finish option. This kit also sounds wonderful in the studio. I've recorded a few tracks using my Audio Technica MBDK6 drum mic pack, and this kit sounds stellar. The floor toms deliver great low response and deliver that low rumble that you always look for in big floor toms. The stock heads are actually quite good - If you tune them right. They sound pretty bad if you don't. They've got great attack, and a warm response. If you pair this kit up with the John Bonham cymbal pack also sold here on musicians friend, you don't get much closer to a true John Bonham sound with this kit.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great drum set for the money!

        By Kevin k

        from Rockville me

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ludwig Centennial Zep 4-Piece Shell Pack:

            The set is perfect for my led Zeppelin tribute band, the kick drum is great, very happt with my new kit.

             
            5.0

            Wowza! Unga bunga bunga banga binga banga bunga!

            By Eddy

            from OC CA

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            Pros

            • Face Melting
            • Great Sound
            • Huge Tone
            • Multidimensional
            • Responsive
            • Sensitive
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Plastic Badges

            Best Uses

            • Any Live Application
            • Studio

            Comments about Ludwig Centennial Zep 4-Piece Shell Pack:

            First of all.... this has to be one of the best sounding Bass drums I've ever heard anywhere. The drums are of fine quality and really pop visually... real Wow appeal. I inspected thoroughly and found the drum shells and hardware and finish to be first class with no blemishes or problems with the workmanship that I could tell. As for the sound, they are Awesome... I put on the Ludwig heads, tuned them up and Ka- Boom... they sound sweet. This kit would suit any type of music and has an extremely wide range. They are made in Taiwan, but with US material, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, keeping the cost of this thing reasonable; making these shells in USA would likely quadruple the cost and that, unfortunately, doesn't always guarantee a better product. The only real downfall I can note are the plastic badges, on a set like this they can make some nice brass ones for not much more. And maybe a bit more discreet about the made in Taiwan thing, like instead of having it on the badge, maybe a small stamp inside the shell instead?....but that is trivial, the fact is that these are a really well made, attractive and Great sounding drums and I'm proud to have them.

             
            5.0

            This is a fantastic kit at an affordable price.

            By Paul S

            from New York

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Huge Tone
            • Responsive
            • Sensitive

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ludwig Centennial Zep 4-Piece Shell Pack:

                This kit is awesome. I love every thing about it. Exactly what I expected from Ludwig at a great price. These drums are big and loud. I tuned them up with stock heads and I wish I could upload the recording, because they sound amazing. I can't wait to get Emperors on and really enjoy this set.
                Thank you Musician's Friend for your spotless record of customer satisfaction with me. Orders are always shipped right out and arrive when expected.

                 
                5.0

                I would definitely buy this kit again

                By Jim

                from Essex,Maryland

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                Pros

                • Great Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ludwig Centennial Zep 4-Piece Shell Pack:

                    I use this kit for band rehearsal.That 26 inch kick will peel the paint off the walls....it sounds incredible! I love this kit.The stock heads really don't sound that bad but I am going to put some Remo Black Dots on.Do yourself a favor and get this kit,I think you will be happy.I got the natural finish and they look fantastic.

                     
                    5.0

                    AWESOME!!!!!

                    By Big

                    from Birmingham Alabama

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                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Huge Tone
                    • MONSTEROUS
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • DOOM METAL and LOUD ROCK
                      • LIVE SHOWS
                      • MED to LARGE VENUES
                      • RECORDING

                      Comments about Ludwig Centennial Zep 4-Piece Shell Pack:

                      Practice, gigs, recording

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Wow!

                      By Jerseykidd

                      from Bent Mountain, VA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Great Sound
                      • Huge Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Medium to Large Venues

                        Comments about Ludwig Centennial Zep 4-Piece Shell Pack:

                        I bought this kit to set up as more of a show piece in my house as a tribute to Bonham. I have not touched my other 3 kits since setting it up! I replaced the batters with coated Emperors and an EMAD on the bass drum. This kit sounds like rolling thunder! After 30 years of playing I've never played a 26 inch bass drum and wish I could go back in time because it sounds AWESOME! Can't wait to get some cases and play out with it!

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