By the design of Gibraltar's flagship series bass pedals, when you take it out of the box, you just know this thing is going to do everything your foot wants it to. It's got a stealth design on the pe... Read More
By the design of Gibraltar's flagship series bass pedals, when you take it out of the box, you just know this thing is going to do everything your foot wants it to. It's got a stealth design on the pedal board and a solid aluminum stabilizing "rock" plate.
The main concern with any kick drum pedal however, is feel. Feel is where the genius of the Gibraltar design teams shines bright. These drive systems come with loads of adjustability so you can tune and fine tune to perfection. The 9611 Direct-Drive system uses solid linkage to create a seamless, fast-paced feel pedal. The cam shape and linkage combine to deliver power and speed with seamless response.
Each adjustment can be made efficiently and on-the fly either by hand or with one of the 3 tools stored on board. Spring tension is easily adjusted from ridiculously high rebound to super floppy with the turn of a thumbscrew at the base of the spring. Beater travel distance can be tweaked with a drum key. The axle at the point under which this clamp grabs is also knurled for non-slip operation. This also provides for indexed tuning and is marked with three lines as reference points. Beater height is also set with a drum key and memorized with a memory lock. The lock makes quick work of setting up the pedal and ensures perfect positioning every time. The bass drum hoop clamp is tightened by a wing nut, conveniently positioned at the right side of the pedal board. Say goodbye to bloody knuckles from trying to reach under your pedal to attach it. And as if all of that weren't enough, the position of the beater can be moved laterally with a quick turn of an Allen head set screw if you plan to use the pedal with percussion brackets.
The no-nonsense design of the Intruder shows these things mean business. The base of the drum pedal is now solid aluminum with a strategically placed bead in the middle. This ensures maximum rigidity while keeping the overall weight to a minimum. Attached to this plate is also the on-board tool storage with the included drum key and two Allen wrenches. The pedal board is also aluminum, eliminating any possibility of flex. Choice areas machined out of the pedal board save weight and add to the stealth look. The uprights of the Intruder pedal, when looked at closely have a slight curve backward (away from the drum head) to put the axis of the beater in a more perfect location than a traditionally designed upright. These uprights are bearing loaded for maximum fluidity. Also loaded with a die-cast bearing is the upper attachment of the spring to the axle. Putting a bearing in the spring ring minimizes wear and eliminates friction, adding again to the fluid motion. Each of these features enables the drive system to put maximum power to the beater (or beaters).
The double pedals all have a slave pedal with the same fixed Rock plate and the same adjustments for you tune to mimic your main pedal to a tee. The linkage between the two pedals has 2 case-hardened universal joints. Two length adjustment points allow you vary the distance between your two pedals from around 14" to 20". All attachment and adjustment points are double-locked with 2 drum key screws.
These bass drum pedals come pre-assembled for plug-n-play operation. Simply drop in the beater and you are ready to get kickin'. The beaters are 2-sided for two vastly different sounds. A curved felt side or a flat plastic side will suit any genre of music. Combine that with a pivoting head and you get a perfect strike regardless of the size of your bass drum. Each Gibraltar pedal also comes with its own gig bag for safe transportation.
The no-bull design of the Intruder pedal is all about power and efficiency. The Intruder brings to the table both and looks good doing it. They will definitely knock your socks off.
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After 5 practice sessions and 1 gig I am very happy with these pedals.They are easy to take down and pack away and set up. Adjustments are easy and stay put.They are so light I had to crank up the springs a bit. When I first got them the master pedal was too tight and wouldn't swing free like the slave. Adjusting the pedal height freed it. The downside is direct drive cams stick out further than chain cams.I had to modify my kick drum mute pad and move my hi hat away slightly from the slave pedal.Also, as noted by others, the slave pedal can not be adjusted down very far at all or it will hit this lump of metal on the base that serves no purpose on the slave.This is why I gave it 4 stars. I highly recommend this pedal.
The right side was (is) sticking, so after careful troubleshooting I determined the hinge connecting the front end of the foot plate to the drive lever is not moving freely like it should. This means it takes a bit more force to move the beater and, this is the deal breaker, the beater doesn't spring back to your foot like it should and that messes up timing. This is not something the consumer can adjust- simply shoddy workmanship and the peril of a low-priced direct drive. It's a shame because other than this small problem the pedals are great, in fact the left side is fantastic. Unfortunately this small issue makes them unplayable for anyone other than a beginner who wouldn't know the difference, at least not at first, and not until he had written a 5-star review. And since this defect makes them essentially unplayable, they can't get any stars. Watch out- there's a friendly online music retailer who has all 5-star ratings for these pedals and they're nothing of the sort, at least my copy aren't. These are going back.
Great pedals. That's all that needs to be said. People are complaining about veclro? Well its really not that big of a deal since you can just buy velcro with a sticky back and place it on your pedals, not that hard. This is seriously the only site that I have seen bad reviews. I have done major research before even thinking about these. Watched many videos and read many reviews. Give them a try, if you don't like them, you have 30 days to return them.
These pedals are terrible.Ive played double pedals for 20 years.These pedals are very much like wearing and playing drums with shoes on that are 2x to big.The first thing I noticed is that when I just used the pedal the right one was moving appx 4 inches.But the right pedal would not affect the left?The footboards look great but are hinged with a pin that is undersized and the direct drive is also made up with appx 1/8 of before the beater moves which also effects the pedal as it comes back to your foot.Save your money and your headache.Tama Iron Cobras are still the best even over the Pearl Eliminator,DW 9002s.But I only know what I know from comparing them all so take it for what its worth.TAMA IRON COBRA!
The ONLY thing these pedals may have going for them is LOOKS.Cause they are toy pedals.They were design by morons and engineered by x box rockstar employees at kaman.Mark my words no drummer who endorses Gibraltar or endorsed by Gibraltar or any signed drummer will ever have these behind his kick drum.Everything is wrong about these 9611dd db.Every joint,hinge,pedal board,mounting assembly,there very loose for direct drive.All these things are is a waste of metal.Hey kaman,hire back your engineers that actually play drums.Just a thought.
These pedals must take getting use to.Ive been playing for months now and I hate em.They have terrible sloopy hinges in the foot board.There is very limited adjustment due to the design that they are not showing you on pic.The pedal mounts with a screw that is right of the right beater not underneath as shown.The pedal therefore has VERY limited height adjustment unless you like your beaters so far back they kick your chins.The u joints that connect the pedals are pure junk right out of the box.CLICK CLICK SLOPPY.SO MAD AT MYSELF FOR KEEPING AFTER 30 DAYS.GIBRALTAR DIRECT DRIVE?Drive me crazy!
I ordered these pedals thinking. Direct-drive is pretty much gonna make these do whatever i want, when i want. Well yes that was true, but im a drummer that likes to play both with shoes and without. and i can say that when playing both, i felt these awkward vibrations when playing which threw me off big time. I dont know what it was but i just couldnt try and adapt so i sent them back. Maybe another could have but i surely couldnt have done so. Im looking into the iron cobras now so maybe just try before you buy.
omg, these are probably the best pedals on the market for the price. Gibralter has always made the greatest most reliable hardware and I would say the same for these pedals.They certainly are fast and ae perfect for the style hat I play. Very smooth construction, durable, and pro made. As a matter of fact they are just as good as Axis pedals and look ow much cheaper they are!