Duff McKagan tone

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  1. coast2coast1982

    coast2coast1982

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    I know this might be posted hundreds of times but I'll ask anyway. Im trying to get a tone similar from the one achieved by Duff in "Welcome to the Jungle". i got an old P bass and I know he uses GK amps. But i'd like to know what kind of eq settings would bring me closer to that lovely tone. How about compression?
     
  2. markdavid

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    When I am trying to get his tone I crank the treble way up and add a small amount of bass boost, basically your trying to get a bright clear tone, compression would also help to achieve the solid punch that his sound has. A chorus pedal is also essential as a lot of gnr basslines are played through a chorus pedal.
     
  3. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

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    A pick and rotosounds
     
  4. thehangingmist

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    which rotosounds? steels or nickel wounds?
     
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  6. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

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    steels

    Duff uses both but he i think he uses steels the most
     
  7. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters Supporting Member

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    WOW!! He must get all the treble from cranking that contour!! Interesting...
     
  9. UPTHE1RON5

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    duffs tone is great. i met him at 'music live' at birmingham. he was there as a rotosound endorsee
     
  10. The Mock Turtle Regulator

    The Mock Turtle Regulator

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    to get the exact tone you need a bass with a pickup close to the bridge, as well as the neck pickup, as is the case on the old PJ Jazz Special.
     
  11. BassManDan101

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    This is all I Know..
    -Fender Jazz Bass Special
    -Gallein Krueger Amps
    -Dunlop Yellow .73 mm Picks
    -Chorus Pedal (BOSS I think)
    -Rotosound Swing Bass 66 (Orange ones)

    Duff Rocks! :D
     
  12. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

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    Its a rackmounted chorus Duff uses IIRC
     
  13. fendsboy417

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    Doesn't he only use the chorus pedal for the melodic stuff? Or also in songs like You could be mine and knocking on heavens door?
     
  15. biff malibu

    biff malibu

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    his chorus ( at least back in gnr) was a yamaha spx-90 rack unit
     
  16. biff malibu

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    ohp, yep, still using the spx90 for chorus (picture in link)
     
  17. JTE

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    And those old Jazz Bass Specials were pretty nasal and midrangy too. The stock PUPs contributed but the basswood bodies just had that nasal honk in them.

    BTW, Duff's sound is one I"ve always held up as a truley awful sound. Just goes to show, don't it.

    jte
     
  18. barbarbass

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    It's funny, because I was never a GnR fan growing up, but after listening again recently to "Appetite for Destruction", I went for a GK cabinet. After that, still not satisfied, I got a set of Rotosounds. I already have the MIA Jazz, so it's pretty close to his tone.
     
  19. BassMonstrum

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    There's a clip on youtube where you could see that he has a Sansamp Bassdriver velcroed on the side of his amprack. Anyone?
     

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