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Duff McKagan neck pickup?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ronlitz, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. ronlitz


    Apr 20, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    I love Duff McKagan's tone on "Appetite for Destruction", and like many others I've been looking for information on the gear he used to record that album. I've found what appear to be reliable answers to everything *except* the neck pickup. Since there seems to be such a void of information on this, I'm guessing he left the stock neck P pickup in place. Any thoughts on this?

    Bass: Mid-80's Fender Jazz Bass Special (PJ pickups) (made in Japan)
    Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass 66 RS66LD .45-.105
    Pick: Yellow Dunlop Tortex (.73mm)
    Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan Hot Jazz Stack STK-J2B

  2. JKambing


    Aug 5, 2008
    Subscribed. I'd love to hear the answer to this too.

    My research indicates no information about him changing his neck P pickup, though my research ALSO indicates no real information about what exact pickup is in the neck. Hehe...

    Anyway, I'll just sit back and see if anyone knows the answer. Peace.
  3. Beepo


    Sep 23, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    I used to have a Jazz Special like Duff, and the pickups that are stock on it are not normal PJs. They have bigger exposed polepieces, and a very characteristic sound of their own. The sound of that bass was very Duff indeed, and it was not a very versatile bass soundwise. If you want the Duff-sound, simply pick up a stock Jazz Special from ebay. They show up regularly, and are usually around $500 I think.
  4. JKambing


    Aug 5, 2008
    I don't know if its my imagination, but you could be right. It's the first time I've ever heard the JBS had bigger exposed pole pieces. Any idea why, and what effect it had on tone?

    Check this out. Seems larger than usual pole pieces, though not as big as Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounds.
  5. Beepo


    Sep 23, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    I do not know why it has these unique pickups, and why they are designed like they are. I have never heard anything about Duff changing pickups, and the JBS sounds very Duff with its stock setup.
    But of course he could have changed the pickups, and he also had at least 2 JBS in rotation at the time.
  6. Beepo


    Sep 23, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    That bass on ebay looks just like the one I had(mine was white), with the same special pickups. That bass looks like a good specimen, and I am guessing it will give you all the Duff-tone you need if you win the auction.:)
  7. dave120


    Jun 27, 2005
    Central Florida
    I've spent forever trying to figure out what pickup Duff uses in the P position. But the guys here are right, the Jazz Bass Special with the stock pickups in both positions nails the Duff sound pretty well anyways. I should move the Hot Stack from my SX P/J into my JBS sometime just for kicks.

    I have no idea if Fender uses these pickups on anything besides the MIJ basses in the 80s, but they definitely aren't regular Fender pickups you find on most of their basses. I think they sound great for rock.
  8. He also had some Kramers with EMGs. I've always thought the EMGs and Duncan Quarter Pounders made it easy to get his vibe.

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