Double Bass Bonham?


John Bonham was legendary for having one of the quickest right feet in all of rock. His rapid triplets still challenge drummers today when learning Led Zeppelin cover songs. Many less capable drummers cheat with double bass pedals. Bonham accomplished his downbeats with the Ludwig Speed King pedal.

According to Bonham’s Wiki Page: At times, Bonham’s kick drum pedal squeaked. Jimmy Page later commented: “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.”

Unlike some contemporary drummers, Bonham did not use a double bass drum kit. He did once own one, a Ludwig Thermo Gloss Natural Maple Kit featured in the demo “Communication Breakdown,” but it was removed from his kit by the rest of the band. Bonham did play them while the band was touring with Vanilla Fudge. The band’s drummer, Carmine Appice, introduced Bonham to Ludwig drums, which he then used for the rest of his life.

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