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Duff Mckagan's bass setup

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gmasca92, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. gmasca92


    Apr 9, 2012
    So this is the deal..

    I know I'm not the only one searching the web for this info so let's get it out of the way already...

    The bridge pickup Duff has is the STK-J2


    He uses rotosound strings.


    ok, if these questions can be answered you guys are awesome. :bassist:
  2. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Hi man:
    yeah, the Duff McKagan bass sports a Seymour Duncan Hot Stack bridge pickup, while the neck pickup is a Standard Split Precision bass one.

    Then, string gauge is very ordinary, especially for a reknowned
    "picker" as he really is
    0.45 - 0.65 - 0.80 - 0.100

    Now... what about "string height"?

    D'you need it as it exactly is down by a proper inch ruler?
    These are info you can get maybe only on interviews back in those days (early '90s Guns n'Roses)

    Playin' with a pick, with ordinary gauge, you can think about the lower possible action. Slightly higher than that if considering
    that Guns tended to play 1/2 step downtuned.
    Then again, consider it to be a little bit higher if you aim to play 1 full step downtuned and so on.

    Just that: I really couldn't tribute more down an action point of view...

  3. nubs


    Mar 1, 2005
    string height? really! :meh: seriously? :eyebrow:
  4. But that's where the tonezzzz comes from right
  5. nubs


    Mar 1, 2005
    oh yeah! :rolleyes:
  6. To the OP: if you're thinking about dropping these pickups in any old PJ bass, don't expect to sound like Duff at all. The sound comes from THAT bass. The pickups are moved closer to the bridge than any other PJ setup, which gives it that nasally sound. Also, look up 'Fender TBX tone circuit'- that's the main secret.
    I tried to cop his tone for a long, long time. It wasn't until I purchased his Jazz Special that I sounded remotely like him. I also have a GK 700rb-ii head and a GK RBH410 as well, which doesn't hurt :)

    Anyway, good luck!

  7. A bit of chorus gos along way with duffs tone too
  8. String height varies with humidity.

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