Ludwig "Ambassador" tenor banjo, S/N 1501, Circa 1924

Ludwig was a drum manufacturer who introduced a very innovative line of banjos in 1924.  Among the new design features pioneered by Ludwig was a cast bronze combination rim and flange, 4:1 "Planet" tuners, top-tensioning, and a novel neck angle adjustment system.  This early Ludwig banjo was second from the top of the line at the time it was introduced, and pre-dates the more commonly seen top-tensioned Ludwig banjos.  Note the extensive engraving of the gold-plated metal parts and the nice engraved pearl work. 

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