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found this pedal on CL the description is;

Vintage Pre-Ludwig Ghost Bass Drum Pedal ( drums )
As is. Make an offer or send me any questions if you have them! Thanks.
asking price is 125 obo
does anybody have any more info on this "ghost pedal"?
Thanks
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http://www.billyrhyt...udwigghost.html


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ive got one just like it.
PRE Ludwig Ghost (and also have a Ludwig Ghost)
Have been my go to pedals since the late 1970s and are still kicking!

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I've got one!
Love it!!
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I have several Pre-Ludwig Ghost Pedals. The link provided above gives most of the history. They really are great pedals. That price seems a bit high as I see them usually go for well under $100.00

Good Luck,
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I have one bought it new back in the 70's pre Ludwig great pedal but $100 is a little high $75 would be closer.
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Been playing them for years! One of best pedals ever made. I have about 13 of them in my collection. Fast and very smooth is what they are.
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I have one, never really used it, more for interest. I just the other day passed on a rough but complete one on the bay for 9.99 with 10 shipping. That one looks like a $50 pedal...long history before ludwig some most are pre-ludwig. If you get curious and take the spring mechanism apart it is difficult to get back togethor!
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I did a search for completed auctions on ebay, and they typically go for $50 or less
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I agree with what's already been said. You could get two good onesvfor that price.
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http://www.billyrhyt...udwigghost.html

Yep, everything one needs to know about the GHOST is at the above link.
Brhythm has compiled the most comprehensive Ghost pedal site on the web.
Bookmark it.

I bought my original Ghost in 1975, it was $50 new, and I gigged it for over 25 years.
They're about the only mass produced coil spring pedals that were ever marketed, and they perform superbly if the components are tight.
The one shown in your photo appears to be in fairly good condition, but not worth 125.00

Edited by EvEnStEvEn, 24 November 2011 - 06:12 PM.

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i passed on it anyway, he decided not to budge in price at all.
thanks for all the input though!

Edited by Cosh, 24 November 2011 - 11:46 PM.

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I bought one in 1974 from Freedom Guitar when it was on Market Street in Sandy Eggo. I played it for about 8 years, when I began to notice a lot of play in the connection between the shaft and the footboard. I foolishly believed there was nothing I could do about it (even though I probably could have obtained a replacement part from Ludwig), so I sold it in a deal for a kit.

I regret it now. The Ghost was a great pedal, that had a really great feel (before it crapped out) that I've felt only in a few other pedals (such as the Axis). It was a pain in the a$$ setting it up and putting it away, though.
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Don't forget the important warning in the owner's manual: "PUT SCOTCH TAPE OVER LABELS." I'm not sure, but from that picture, it's possible the original owner missed that memo.
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What a great pedal, it's a shame they don't make them anymore.
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Great site Mike..............
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Great site Mike..............


Thanks. ;-)
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What a great pedal, it's a shame they don't make them anymore.


Apparently Will Ludwig stopped production after a few accidents at the factory. I have had several of them but for whatever reason haven't taken a shine to them.
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After playing a Speed King for a couple of years, I changed to a Ghost in about 1975. It's the only pedal I've played since. That's not to say there aren't better, faster, cooler, etc. pedals available, but it's what I know how to 'drive'. I have a pair that I use and a third for parts. I've never needed the parts.

Lyle Dowell

Edited by slyone, 25 November 2011 - 08:00 PM.

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After playing a Speed King for a couple of years, I changed to a Ghost in about 1975. It's the only pedal I've played since. That's not to say there aren't better, faster, cooler, etc. pedals available, but it's what I know how to 'drive'. I have a pair that I use and a third for parts. I've never needed the parts.

Lyle Dowell



Sounds like my story, Started out with a speed king and went to a ghost in 1982. A year later they quit making it. I've tried newer pedals like DW and Axis. To me the only other pedal that compares to a ghost as far as smoothness and quickness is a Tama Iron Cobra. There's a lot to be said about the coil spring design. It would be great to see another manufacture take that coil spring concept and up grade it with a modern design.
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