The Ludwig Speed King Single Bass Drum Pedal is a classic through and through, and Ludwig has revisited its beloved design to bring you the L203. Launched at NAMM 2020, The Ludwig L203 Speed King Single Bass Drum Pedal is almost identical to the original but features a few well-integrated tweaks that greatly improve its performance.
The original Speed King pedal was highly-regarded as a great technical innovation that provided drummers with a new level of response that gave way to big advances in technique. Possibly the most well-known proponent of the Speed King was drumming icon John Bonham of Led Zeppelin fame. Renowned for his fast and powerful single pedal bass drum technique, it's no surprise that John chose the Speed King for many performances and studio recordings.
This new and improved Speed King features improved cam bearings, direct drive link and heel plate bearings, changes that are almost visibly noticeable yet make the Speed King better than ever. Ever-associated with the rock and metal genres, the L203’s new design pushes the pedal even further in the realms of speed and precision. Its felt-head beater features traditional speed sizing with extra weight, increasing speed and power for more impact intensity. Improved cam bearings provide a more reliable and smooth direct-drive linkage, for faster, smoother and more comfortable play. The new and improved heel-plate action now features action bearings which not only play smoother and faster but also eliminate the infamous Speed King pedal-squeak that the original suffered from.
A high-shine polished chrome finish sets the new Speed King’s vintage style off a treat, and it comes with a neat drawstring carry pouch and a handy drum key.
- A fresh new version of the Speed King
- Perfect for rock and metal styles
- Traditional speed sizing provides a faster and more powerful contact
- Improved cam bearings for smoother direct-drive linkage
- Attached drum key
- Durable footboard
- Improved toe clamp with secured grip
- Anti-slip cam
- High-shine polished chrome finish
- Ships in cool retro-design packaging
- Includes nylon drawstring carrying pouch