Duff McKagan tone

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by coast2coast1982, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. coast2coast1982


    Jan 14, 2008
    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


    Jun 29, 2007
    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.
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  3. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    A pick and rotosounds
  4. which rotosounds? steels or nickel wounds?
  5. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.


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

    Vic Winters Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    Rochester, NY
  7. stoneboy26


    Jul 11, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: Thump Music
    WOW!! He must get all the treble from cranking that contour!! Interesting...


    Dec 10, 2007
    duffs tone is great. i met him at 'music live' at birmingham. he was there as a rotosound endorsee
  9. 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.
  10. BassManDan101


    Nov 22, 2007
    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
  11. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Its a rackmounted chorus Duff uses IIRC
  12. Qvist


    Jul 20, 2007
    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?
  13. his chorus ( at least back in gnr) was a yamaha spx-90 rack unit
  14. ohp, yep, still using the spx90 for chorus (picture in link)
  15. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    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.

  16. 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.
  17. BassMonstrum


    Mar 7, 2008
    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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  18. jamersonburton


    Jul 22, 2011
    Revive! And i'd like to know since when he's been using the sansamp!
  19. thedovewarlord


    Dec 29, 2010
    Big fan of Duff. To nail his tone I dont think you need to have his exact gear or set your amps exactly as he does. The key components to me. If you play pizzicato, try playing with a pick, in the area close to the bridge and spend more time focusing on his approach to rhythm and fills. Dialing in his EQ or and chorus settings will be easier once you got the feel down. I notice he seems to continue to sound like himself whether he plays thru his old GK (solid state) or a new Bassman (tubes), using his old Japanese P/J or an Aerodyne or a straight up Jazz bass. Tone is in the hands is what I believe.