Serial Guide

Keystone Badges Blue & Olive Badges
Year Serial Year Serial
1961 No Number 1969 765XXX – 834XXX
1962 No Number – 7900 1970 Out of sequence, unnumbered
1963 No Number – 7900 1971 835XXX – 895XXX
1964 9XXXX – 33449 1972 896XXX – 916XXX
1965 108532 – 259XXX 1976 917XXX – 1290XXX
1966 260XXX – 449XXX 1978 450XXX – 548XXX
1967 450XXX – 548XXX 1979 549XXX – 665372
1968 549XXX – 665372

 

Shell Guide

Year
1960 Shell Construction 3-ply Mahogany/Poplar/Mahogany
Internal Finish Clear Lacquer
Notes Narrow maple reinforcement rings
1961 Shell Construction
Internal Finish White paint except for larger, 18″ floor toms which were left unfinished
Notes Shell date-stamping started with red ink in 1956 with comparatively large numbers and letters
1962 Shell Construction
Internal Finish
Notes 1961 and 1962 stamping were still red, but with slightly smaller characters
1963 Shell Construction
Internal Finish
Notes 1963 shells can be found with either red or black ink stamps
1968 Shell Construction Beginning in September / October 1968; most shells were made with 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Internal Finish Change back to natural finish interior except for the Standard series which changed directly from white paint to granitone
Notes Up until 1969 the covering was applied to the shell while the wood was still flat, and the covering was “lapped” into the shell. This made for a less perfect round shell, but prevented problems with the finish pulling off.
1970 Shell Construction Through the 1970s mahogany was occasionally still used internally or externally. Most commonly on large floor toms and large bass drums.
Internal Finish Nearly all shells began to receive interior granitone paint
Notes
1976 Shell Construction Beginning in 1976, the Classic series was made with new molds and a new construction; small (6″ and 8″) toms were 4-ply and larger drums were 6-ply maple & poplar, with no reinforcement rings. These shells were not only stronger but less expensive to make. The interior was a clear-coated natural finish.
Internal Finish
Notes
1978 Shell Construction The 1978 Combo series was made with old 3-ply shells until they were used up; the inside was sprayed with granitone.
Internal Finish
Notes
1982 Shell Construction Standard series; Snare and tom-toms “Select 4-ply diamond wood shells”, Bass drums 6-ply.
Internal Finish
Notes
1984 Shell Construction Rocker: “Select American wood veneers” 4-ply, maple interior
Rocker II: Same shells as the Rocker.
Internal Finish  Rocker II: Sealed inside with a brownish speckled “Lud-Cote” finish.
Notes
1988 Shell Construction Super Classic: 4-ply for all sizes; lighter in weight, billed as having “clean, resonant sound”. Offered as an option; the Classic shells were still catalogued, described as producing a “deep, powerful” sound.
Internal Finish
Notes
1994 Shell Construction Rocker “9-ply cross-laminated veneers with a maple inner ply”
Internal Finish
Notes
1998 Shell Construction Classic 9-ply maple approx 6mm, all maple
Rocker Pro: 7-ply, Birch & Italian poplar, 7mm
Rocker Elite: 5-ply, Maple inner and outer plies
Internal Finish
Notes
2001 Shell Construction Rocker Elite: Maple inside, basswood outside 8-ply 8mm
Rocker: Basswood inside, Luan outside, 8-ply, 8.1mm
Accent: Phillippine Juniper inside, mahogany outside, 7-ply, 7.2mm
Internal Finish
Notes