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Old 05-15-2020, 02:19 AM
Gerard Ball Gerard Ball is offline
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Default Ludwig Ghost pedal

Hi. Iíve recently bought a late 70s Ludwig Ghost pedal. I love the concept of the clock springs and love the look. Seems very quick and fully adjustable too which is cool. Iíve found a good website with quite a lot of info on it but not found anything on maintenance. It appears that thereís a pair of bearings at the ends of the axle but I canít see any way to get grease into them. I know that the round caps donít come off (If they do then itís impossible to get them on again) so I presume there must be another way? Thanks.
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1957 6 1/2" x15" Slingerland WMP Concert King
1938 8"x15" Leedy Broadway Standard
1937 8Ēx14 Leedy WMP Broadway Standard Parallel
1947-53 14x6.5" NOB Ludwig & Ludwig Universal
...plus a bunch of mismatched Slingerlands that collectively make a pleasing noise.
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Old 05-18-2020, 10:27 AM
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heh heh...Yeah, I love the Ghost pedals...but that was always the "thing" about them....no one knew how to work on them and the brave souls that tried to take one apart never seemed to get them back together the same way again. I wanted one when I was a kid, but they were pricey in addition to having that notorious reputation.

Someone here will know what to advise. It might take a bit of time.
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Old 05-26-2020, 01:16 AM
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Yes itís funny isnít it? Yet most folk happily drive cars they have no clue how they work or much less are able to repair. How times have changed!
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1957 6 1/2" x15" Slingerland WMP Concert King
1938 8"x15" Leedy Broadway Standard
1937 8Ēx14 Leedy WMP Broadway Standard Parallel
1947-53 14x6.5" NOB Ludwig & Ludwig Universal
...plus a bunch of mismatched Slingerlands that collectively make a pleasing noise.
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Old 05-26-2020, 07:58 AM
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My first good bass drum pedal was a 1961 Rogers Swivomatic pedal with the one-piece footboard. I used that pedal for close to twenty years. i replaced or repaired most of the structural parts of the pedal, but never had to do anything to repair the mechanical parts other than to replace the large external spring. I became very comfortable with this pedal and the few earlier years' Swivomatic pedals with the hinged foot board. This is largely due to proudly possessing the slowest right foot this side of the Catskills . I need the ability to set the spring tension very high so that the pedal snaps back to be ready for the next hit. During my most active gigging years, the instep of my right foot was always sporting a bruise from the beater ball slapping it on the rebound from a bass drum hit.
Most other pedals, with the exception of some Slingerland and SlingerLeedy pedals, feel too mushy. The Ghost is the mushiest action pedal that I've ever tried. If you prefer the lack of resistance to your pedal, I guess that you'd love Ghost pedals.
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Old 05-26-2020, 10:06 AM
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Default Re: Ludwig Ghost pedal

Ludwig bought Ghost ,but discovered maintenance was a nightmare and discontinued their sales for being so.
Ludwig was hit and miss on mechanical design over the years.
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Old 05-29-2020, 12:26 AM
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I think part of the problem is that a lot of people never really understood how to tension the springs to get it to work properly. In my view, when properly adjusted the ghost is one of the fastest, smoothest and most responsive pedals ever made.
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1957 6 1/2" x15" Slingerland WMP Concert King
1938 8"x15" Leedy Broadway Standard
1937 8Ēx14 Leedy WMP Broadway Standard Parallel
1947-53 14x6.5" NOB Ludwig & Ludwig Universal
...plus a bunch of mismatched Slingerlands that collectively make a pleasing noise.
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Old 05-29-2020, 11:19 AM
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It was "the" rock pedal back in the day,but when they break,it becomes a cheaper to buy new than fix.
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Old 05-29-2020, 11:24 AM
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I thought they had a great feel....but I had a friend who had one and it basically exploded one day. If you don't know exactly how to rebuild one, then it's not a practical pedal to gig with. I'd love to have one, though because they are so notoriously famous!
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Old 05-29-2020, 11:26 AM
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I've only had ONE pedal that's never given me a problem and that's the good old DW 5000 chain drive. Granted, I prefer the feel of other pedals more than the DW (like the SpeedKing), but the DW was the indestructible one. But the Ghost HAD to be one of the coolest ones!
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