Duff Mckagan playing GK & Fender?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by wolfkeller, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    Duff posted this last night. So, fender Super bassmans AND what look like GK MB800. Any thoughts as to why? Fender guys, cab the bassman get a GK kind of grind? GK guys, can the MBs cop 800rb tone?

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  2. Probly going for a bit of the SVT style tube sound PLUS the GK grind. The Super Bassman will do many types of grind with the drive channel and sweepable mids, but I dunno re getting the 'GK grind' ???
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  3. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Kinda sorta. On the Boost channel, the MB's are close enough in a live setting IME/IMO. It's not the same as it's not possible to actually "hit the rails" on an MB head, but it sound a pretty good approximation of it.
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  4. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    I know GKs are reliable as hell, wonder why he doesn't use the 2001 or 800rb anymore. He said he switched to fender due to something about consistency. Well, his whole career was GK. Weight and size are not an issue so why use those MBs?
  5. Handyman


    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Maybe he actually likes them?
  6. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    Well...I sapose
  7. blubass


    Aug 3, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Current: Blackstar, DR strings, Nady. Previous endorsements with: GK, Rotosound, Ernie Ball, Cleartone, EMG, Dean, Dava Picks, Rebel Straps, Dickies
    Why? Because Duff McKagan does what he wants! Really, a player of his profile can play or afford anything he wants. He's a no-nonsense kind of guy (and really nice) so if I were to guess, i'd say something with this rig has an advantage over his old rig, to get the tone where it needs to be. Peoples' taste change over time.

    A little off-topic... those Fender Bassman heads have been encroaching on what was otherwise SVT and Mesa territory slowly, but surely. I've noticed several artists have made the jump, but for reasons unknown. Maybe Fender is in a giving mood as of late.
  8. For reasons unknown. ... they do sound fantastic ya know! And shots like the one above help sell more. A picture's worth a thousand amps ain't that the saying?
  9. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    maybe he's running a dirty rig and a clean rig and blending them. dunno.
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  10. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    I wonder only cuz Duff is known for a certain tone and I've yet to find an amp that can get the GK rails sound, especially a tube amp. It's a really drastic change.
  11. Makes sense. It looks like he has a Radial switcher/splitter down below
    If my middle age eyes see correctly the his EQ points on the GK's look the same as he usually uses. I'm thinking GK for the clean and the Fender for the overdrive.
  12. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    Yeah, looks that way. 2 full rigs. 12983815_10153528718588302_8302237723892811268_o.jpg
  13. I don't have any answers to the original question.

    I just want clarification whether Duff's rig has to compete against ALL of those Supro and Voodoo amps at once? That's an awful lot of guitar amp right there.
  14. Probly just to feel his pants flap and users in-ears
  15. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
  16. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Who is the 2nd guitarist on this tour?
  17. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    I imagine he plays what he's paid to play, like many players.
  18. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Of course not.
  19. Gluvhand

    Gluvhand Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Rockland County, NY
    Richard Fortus I believe.
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