Circa 1920s

In the mid 1920s, both the Leedy company and the Ludwig & Ludwig company (which had by this time grown larger than Leedy in terms of gross sales) began to develop plans for manufacturing banjos. The banjo was a wildly popular instrument at the time, and it seemed at the time to be a natural move. Both firms spent fortunes gearing up for the production of elaborately carved, inlaid, and plated instruments at the worst possible time. Banjo popularity began to wane, and cash flow became something of a crisis.U.G. Leedy's health began to fail. Knowing that the end was near and wanting to provide for his family and employees, he sold his company to the Conn company in 1929. At nearly the same time, Conn purchased the financially weakened Ludwig & Ludwig. Conn moved both companies to Elkhart where both lines of drums were produced in the same building. George Way and most of the rest of the Leedy executive staff moved to Elkhart and continued their product developments without major disruption. Wm. F. Ludwig had also moved to Elkhart, but found it difficult to work in such an arrangement, and quit to return to Chicago where he founded his own company, WFL, in 1937.George Way continued to head up the growth and development of the Leedy Drum Company throughout the 1930s as a Conn division.
19 fret tenor
Top tension 11" rim assembly, plated and engraved
Original hardware in VG condition
Neck adjusts from bottom of heel
Grover Geared tuners
Celluloid back, a little shrinkage in one place, still VG
Farquhar bridge
These are excellent players with good volume and tone.
I keep this out in my shop to play when I have a moment.
Ready to gig today
Comes in a upper end case, branded Ludwig. VGC