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Bass Drum Pedal
General Specs
Years in use: ??? - 1980
John Bonham used the Ludwig Speed King Model #201 with a Rogers felt beater (and, upon occasion, a wood beater) with tight spring tension for his entire drumming career.

The Ludwig Speed King Pedal was invented in 1936 by Walter Hueckstead. The Speed King was the first blockbuster product from the WFL Drum Company - William F. Ludwig had essentially sold his name to Conn in 1930 and was forced to use only his initials for his new company until he bought back the Ludwig name in 1955.

This pedal has been nicknamed the "Squeak King" because of the large amounts of squeaking it produces. The squeak of the pedal is audible in the following songs: Since I've Been Loving You, The Ocean, The Rain Song, Houses of the Holy, Ten Years Gone, Bonzos Montreux, All My Love and the live version of I Can't Quit You Baby from Coda.

"The only real problem I can remember encountering was when we were putting the first boxed set together. There was an awfully squeaky bass drum pedal on 'Since I've Been Loving You'. It sounds louder and louder every time I hear it! [laughs]. That was something that was obviously sadly overlooked at the time." - Jimmy Page, Guitar World, 1993


Bass Drum Pedal
Led Zeppelin, ca. February 14-15, 1969, Thee Image Club, Miami, Florida
Bass Drum Pedal
Led Zeppelin, June 28, 1970, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, England
Bass Drum Pedal
John Bonham & John Paul Jones, June 28, 1970, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, England

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