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Duff Mckagan? Any opinions?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by RSJ4STRING, Jun 29, 2009.



    Aug 24, 2007
    Mckagan is probably one of my favorite rock bassists. lets discuss.:)
  2. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Well, he's able to co-exist with Axl. That's something not a lot of people can do.

    And, at least in the early GNR days, he managed to get pretty good tone out of a rather unconventional set-up (passive bass, pick, and solid state amp).

    I always thought his time was kinda suspect although a lot of that is based on Appetite for Destruction which IIRC they did with their old drummer whose time was just terrible. So in that situation there's only so much you can do.
  3. benrhodes


    May 13, 2009
    he inspired me to play bass. he's a very solid rock bassist and was perfect for GN'R. he's a great example of how to play for the song in a rock context, but still do more than ride the root.
  4. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    I'm not fond of "Sweet Child O Mine" but I do like the bass line (if that's possible). Always kind of reminded me of something you'd hear in an old Rod Stewart tune or something.
  5. skidrawk


    Jan 21, 2007
    Space City, TX
    This is actually what I like about AFD. The drumming was rock n roll.
  6. becker4567


    Jul 26, 2008
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the drummer was just awful, and as a result, Duff's bass playing sounded, well, a bit odd and a bit off. But later stuff sounded good and solid (especially the Velvet Revolver tracks). I saw G & R in concert twice and they put on a great show!
  7. JPaulGeddy


    Sep 19, 2007
    South Carolina
    Wow, weird. I thought Adler's drumming was one of the best parts of AfD, and was greatly missed on the subsequent stuff.

    As far as Duff, I always liked him, being a child of the 80s. Dug his tone, and you could actually hear BASS LINES in popular music. Win-win all 'round. Greatest? Nah. But bless him for what he did.
  8. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Yeah, once they brought on Matt Sorum as their drummer, he and Duff made a nice little hard rock rhythm section together.
  9. Darko74


    May 18, 2007
    Dublin, Ireland
    I prefered Adlers drumming too.

  10. Qvist


    Jul 20, 2007
    Haha, it's funny, I can't really hear that AFD should be off-time at places, I guess I'm a bad musician... I know for sure that it's one of my favorite records, and it works for a whole lot of people.

    Duff rules!!
  11. KPAX

    KPAX Banned

    Mar 22, 2005
    For me, his lines and tone were the most interesting aspect of GNR.

  12. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Slash, also, is rhythmically suspect... a serious case of the "rushies" as many lead guitarists have... so when you had him, Duff and Adler all doing their own thing on AfD it definitely was loosey-goosey thing but somehow it managed to work.

    Can't argue with success, I guess, but for me I've always preferred to hear the bass and drums locked-in a little tighter.
  13. BassScum


    May 1, 2008
    So Cal
    Actually he isn't able to co-exist with Axl.

    I liked him with Adler or Sorum. Probably Adler just a little more (raw unpolished sound). I think he has great basslines and tone, cuts through well.
  14. infamusblkdeath

    infamusblkdeath Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    yeah,for his limited set-up,and not practicing much(from what i hear,he doesn't)he is a pretty good bassist.of course,slap fanatics around here diss the crap out of him and say he "sucks",cause anyone that doesn't slap,to them "sucks"
  15. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Oops you're right. Good call, my bad. Somebody else did Chinese Democracy.

    I can't even imagine going from one band with Axl to another band with Weiland. "Appetite for Dysfunction"?
  16. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    He's great. He's probably the biggest reason I play bass- his sound on AFD is too awesome. I also like Adler because he's so raw- it accentuates that bluesy shuffle throughout the album The Stones have a similar sound, particularly their earlier stuff- everyone is just a bit off, which creates a different "bar feel" to everything. I think the whole thing is great, particularly Duff.
  17. ryco


    Apr 24, 2005
    He's a good guy and a true rock 'n roll spirit! He lived the life for real!

    Interesting he just earned a degree in finance a couple of years ago from Seattle U, which is not an easy school!
    More interesting to me is down off the other end of Broadway, Capital Hill, Seattle is Cornish School of the Arts.. I kinda wonder why he didn't investigate things over there. GREAT school - had Gary Peacock teaching there in the '70s for instance.

    Also why once in the LA studio circles he didn't watch, learn and study his ass off with the pros.
    What a cool opportunity to be on the inside and really learn your craft!
    I've always wondered why Nikki didn't take the same advantages?

    I'm glad he took courses to watch over his financial concerns, why not invest in musical concerns as well. Not judging at all, just asking what's important...

    Anyway, liked his GnR/ VR stuff just fine!
  18. Korladis

    Korladis Supporting Member

    I like Duff. Underrated but very solid bassist who impressed without being showoffy.
  19. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    GN'R was my favorite group growing up, so Duff's had a decent impact on my tone goals.

    I disagree that AFD was a loose album, I've always considered it to be fairly solid. They had a lot more swing on the album, but I don't define swing as loose, so long as they're consistent. I too prefer Adler to Sorum, even though Sorum was present on my favorite albums.

    The only "painful" moment I recall from early recorded GN'R is the little pentatonic fill that Duff does in Mama Kin off the Lies CD, which was a live recording.
  20. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Any man that can drink a gallon of vodka/day and live gets props from me. Love that AFD tone as well.