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Duff McKagan Sound

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by thereallime, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. thereallime


    Aug 2, 2012
    I love his signature tone any one know how to get it?
  2. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Lots of threads you can search through on here but the basic recipe is a passive Fender PJ bass a GK 800rb head and chorus as needed.
  3. AdamR


    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    800rb, Fender P/J, Rotosounds
  4. chee666


    Jul 24, 2008
    Late 80's early 90 i used a fender power jazz bass special with a peavey tnt 130 and got that sound so much so every bass player from the bands on before and after would say wow that sound is just like Duff.
  5. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Gibson Thunderbirds and Hiwatt amps..^^^^don't listen to these noobs....
  6. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
  7. rag


    Mar 24, 2003
    Robert A. Gallien, President Gallien-Krueger
    Duff has been using GK 2001RB' s and RBH cabinets for years now but any GK head will produce the basic sound. The rest in in your fingers.
  8. Or pick....
  9. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Yup. Duff is definitely a picker.

    A PJ with a modern sounding amp will get you pretty close.
  10. Savage_Dreams


    Jan 8, 2007
    i dont know if its just his personal choice or the change in heads, but he never had the same sharpness in his tone with velvet revolver as he did in gnr. his tone had great definition from gnr to his solo album believe in me, i think his last great bass tone was on his unreleased album beautiful disease. after that, his tone is still a great bass tone, but it lost a some of the 'duff'ness in it.
  11. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Don't forget a touch of chorus.
  12. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    You finger with fingers, and you hold a pick in your fingers. :ninja:
  13. Or your thumb..... :D
  14. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    Agree. I've got a Fender Jazz Bass Special and a GK 800rb. He uses the mid scoop button on the amp, then slightly boosts his low mids and slightly cuts the hi mids. Pick over the jazz pickup with a medium thickness pick (0.73 or 1 mm). Chorus for stuff after AFD as needed.

    I read an interview where he said he also used a Marshall guitar amp in addition for grit, but I don't know if that was for GNR or later stuff.
  15. chee666


    Jul 24, 2008
    I now use mostly gibson bass's i go for a more 70's sound and play in a 3 piece so i don't need to cut threw the mix as much as i did in a 5 piece but you will never get that G-N-R Duff sound with a Gibson Thunderbird no matter what amp you play threw not with out heavy mods.
  16. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    His tone is in his appendages, with possibly some artificial enhancements :D
  17. Awesome.
  18. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I'm very happy with my 700RB-II. The reason I bought was that it was a modernized, more powerful version of the 800RB while still capable of recreating the "classic" tones.

    The reason I wanted the tones of the 800RB is because of Duff's playing with GN'R.
  19. aftec


    Feb 16, 2013
    Pick is a must for the Duff sound, so as the Roto Stainless strings. He uses downstrokes most the time like Hetfield, and that's a special flavor. Arrangements are a huge factor too. The song needs to be crafted the way they do, to be able to hear his signature turnarounds and fills.
    You can get pretty close with almost any GK head, NEO 12"s are his current speakers, and they can replicate his old tone pretty well.
    And the most important: ATTITUDE.

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