Using Ludwig's Custom Order Guide

toonamike

Member
Ludwig doesn't do much to advertise its Custom Order Guide, which is a macro-enabled Excel spreadsheet. Because I'm a big nerd, I made a video that demonstrates how the spreadsheet works.

You can check it out at
 

PorkPieGuy

Platinum Member
Good video!

The the I don't like about it is that it gives you that price total that's pretty large. I'd say that a person actually pays about 60% of what that total says. I think you pretty much have to go through a dealer. Enjoyed the video though. I had no idea about the other options you could see outside of the sheet.
 

toonamike

Member
Good video!

The the I don't like about it is that it gives you that price total that's pretty large. I'd say that a person actually pays about 60% of what that total says. I think you pretty much have to go through a dealer. Enjoyed the video though. I had no idea about the other options you could see outside of the sheet.
Your 60% figure is what I have experienced too. The street price is about 60% of what the custom order guide calculates.
 

Vandalay

Member
Kinda bummed me out when I configured a Classic maple with a 12x20 kick, 12x8 & 14x12 tom, with NO snare, and was @350 more than the DW frequent flyer..
 

toonamike

Member
Kinda bummed me out when I configured a Classic maple with a 12x20 kick, 12x8 & 14x12 tom, with NO snare, and was @350 more than the DW frequent flyer..
If you are referring to the custom order guide price, the price shown is FULL RETAIL. You will pay about 60% of the configurator's price.
 

Vandalay

Member
Yes but at 60% of the quoted price was $350 more,...I'm by no means a DW fan, and I hope at $1700 the Ludwig kit would be a better kit
 

Jbravo

Senior Member
Their frequent flyer kit is design series which is their lowest quality line. I don’t believe they’re anywhere near the quality of classic maple or legacy Ludwigs...maybe compare to the neusonic...limited configurations, few finish choices, etc.
 
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toonamike

Member
Their frequent flyer kit is design series which is their lowest quality line. I don’t believe they’re anywhere near the quality of classic maple or legacy Ludwigs...maybe compare to the neusonic...limited configurations, few finish choices, etc.
Do you mean the "quick pick program"? Those are Classic Maple drums. The limited finishes are simply the most popular finishes, the ones Ludwig keep in stock in quantity.

The quick pick drums are already cut to size and ready for covering.

My Classic Maple is covered in turquoise glitter, which is not a quick pick wrap. I waited about five weeks to receive my add-on drums.

The USA-made drums are Neusonic, Keystone X, Club Date, Classic Maple, Legacy Maple, Legacy Mahogany and Vistalite.
 

Jbravo

Senior Member
Do you mean the "quick pick program"? Those are Classic Maple drums. The limited finishes are simply the most popular finishes, the ones Ludwig keep in stock in quantity.

The quick pick drums are already cut to size and ready for covering.

My Classic Maple is covered in turquoise glitter, which is not a quick pick wrap. I waited about five weeks to receive my add-on drums.

The USA-made drums are Neusonic, Keystone X, Club Date, Classic Maple, Legacy Maple, Legacy Mahogany and Vistalite.

I’m aware of all that... I was pointing out the quality difference between DW’s entry level Design Series vs. Ludwig Classic Maples which are not an entry level series.

I ordered my Pro Beat kit from Sweetwater, but had to custom order an 18” floor tom to match. It also took 6 or 8 weeks to get.

I guess I don’t understand the point of your comment?

In rereading the post I’m guessing you thought by “Frequent Flyer kit” I was referring to a lower priced Ludwig line instead of the DW line that it is?
 
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toonamike

Member
In rereading the post I’m guessing you thought by “Frequent Flyer kit” I was referring to a lower priced Ludwig line instead of the DW line that it is?
Correct. I didn't realize this had become a DW thread. 🤣

You didn't quote the DW message, so I assumed that you were referring to Ludwig's quick pick options as "frequent fliers."

Honest mistake. Carry on.
 

Vandalay

Member
One question that was answered by the guide was that lacquer finishes (I configed mine in Mahogany stain) doesnt appear to be more than some of their wrap finishes
 

toonamike

Member
One question that was answered by the guide was that lacquer finishes (I configed mine in Mahogany stain) doesnt appear to be more than some of their wrap finishes
Yep. Some of the wraps are pretty pricey.

I met the painter when I toured the Monroe plant. He can do some amazing stuff.
 
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