Duff McKagan Plays His Fender Signature Deluxe Precision® Bass | Signature Artist Series | Fender

Duff McKagan Plays His Fender Signature Deluxe Precision® Bass | Signature Artist Series | Fender

(bass strumming) – The Clash, Paul Simonon’s bass playing. That’s the way you do it. Strummer said there’s no difference between you guys and us. We’re on the stage but we’re
all in this thing together. That sentence has informed
the rest of my musical life. It really has, and I think
of that every time I play, whether it’s a massive place, like we’re all in this together you know, when you assume you’re the most interesting person in the room, you know you’re always wrong. As a bass player you’ve really got to know what your role is. – Yeah
– You do man, anybody in a band has got to know what their thing is and embrace that. – Uh huh – Our band had a groove to it. – Yeah, yeah
– It had a little stink to it. Whenever Slash and I would
lay into a riff together, that’s when it got heavy. – Right. – Right you gotta pick that
you can’t do it the whole song. – Yeah, yeah. – You pick it for the
time’s that are right. – Yeah, yeah totally. – And then back out of it. Like, if you wanna play
bass to be in a band so you can show yourself off, thinking you’re gonna be in the spotlight then it’s the wrong instrument for you. – Yeah So er, you got a bass. – I got a bass. – That’s made for you. When you get to make a bass you’re putting your name on something
that’s an invitation for somebody to get into music. – It is, yeah. – I really don’t know anybody
whose intense about music, who doesn’t like playing bass. (bass strumming) – We had drop D songs, like I’ve learned to
play drop D basically. When you have a drop D, any new tunings on whether
you are on guitar or base. You’ll write nine songs. immediately right. – Yup. – Anyhow, that was my
introduction to actually playing in anger drop D. – Playing it in anger? – You know what I mean? Like playing for real. – Right, right. – Instead of switching basses, like, we were playing in
clubs I wasn’t bringing a tech, I wasn’t doing
anything it was just me. I’m not going to sit on
the stage and do this. Our sets go too fast. – Right – To do that, there’s no stopping. (bass strumming) – The point is I had the
space with this drop D tuner, you can see the drop D thing here. – And what do you call that thing, is there a name for the thing? – It’s called a Hipshot. – A Hipshot? – Yes, same pick up
configuration as my other bass. Like this. – So, there’s a toggle on there. – We all have our little
kind of safety things and my safety things is
having both pickups on. – But the back pickup is a
Seymour Duncan, is that right? – Yeah. It’s a little bit hot rodded up, it’s got the thinner
neck which is great for, like especially if you’re just coming in. You can play around with
thicker necks later on after you learn to play. Highly suggest a thinner neck, it’s just a lot easier to get around. This is a little nod
to my Seattle Seahawks. And if you are a fan of
the Seahawks you have 12. – ‘Cause? – ‘Cause there’s 11 members on the team, the twelfth member is the
fan, it is the twelfth fret. (laughing) right yeah.
– I think so. – So, in case you lose
count there’s that right. Sometimes you’re just shredding
so hard you lose count. – I don’t even know what
numbers are anymore. – Don’t even know man. (laughing) I painted the back of this
neck just like my jazz special. So, any bass that has a Duff
signature will have it painted. – So black neck? – Yeah black neck. I got my little, like my
pick, my skull and crossbones. – That’s cool – That’s it you know,
I mean pretty simply. You know I mean Fender,
these are the gold standard if you are a bass player
these are what you play. (bass strumming) I go through these stages where
I just get so into the bass. It’s such a cool, cool,
f***ing instrument. You know, I was just a
guy trying to figure out how to play bass and play it right, and then I have this
Fender with my name on it. And what kind of kid would
I want playing this thing? I don’t know man that’s a… Some cool a** mother f***ers
and mother f***erettes. (laughing) You know, that’s what I wanted. I could see some little punk rock chick. With this thing on and
it’s oversized on her, and she’s just killing on it. (bass strumming) Punk rock is not just like
a title of some category of music for me, it got me into my car and head south to L.A by myself with barely any money just like, gave me a belief in myself and my thing and I knew what I was doing. And even if didn’t I’d find it out. With bass playing that’s
what it’s all about. It’s like I can play what I can play and that’s what I’m going to do. – Uh huh. – F*** everyone else. (guitar music)

100 thoughts on “Duff McKagan Plays His Fender Signature Deluxe Precision® Bass | Signature Artist Series | Fender”

  1. I’d love to sit and talk to Duff about the songs, and his experiences as a musician. I certainly never had the guts to go that far away from home as a really young guy without a job and a place to stay already locked up and guaranteed like when he went to LA. It’s cool for him he has a signature model now. I hope he finds good luck and a band to play with that writes more great rock music.

  2. It's funny how it's a P-Bass with "Deluxe Jazz Bass" written on the headstock. C'mon, it's a Precision, but with a Jazz neck. You can call it Precision on the headstock.

  3. Arguably the greatest Rock bassist ever. From style to the “it” factor, don’t get more cooler than Duff

  4. The girls who don’t like the extroverted singer or guitarist love the quiet bass guy doing his thing. Don’t worry.

  5. For the extra cost of this bass in the UK I might as well get on a plane to the USA and buy it cheaper over there. In the end it would work out at only an extra £100 but for the inconvenience of having to have lunch at Schipol I would get a trip to America in the bargain.

    Probably beats being ripped off at home.

  6. To anyone who doesn’t know. The Fender Squier PJ bass for about £200 is a brilliant instrument and sounds excellent.

  7. Im a big fans of duff,my bassist Hero player forever,inspiring me to follow his style,using pick and low strap,duff had amazing unique pattern bass lines,the sound so full,but for bass guitar im not a fans of fender,i used Gibson Rd signature krist Novoselic.


  9. nice guys/ mantap gan,
    Tolong/ please subcribe ya. dan mampir ke chanel saya, makasih / thanx

  10. Maybe my favorite bass player great attitude and great chemistry with slash learning his bass lines from appetite was very instrumental in my own aspirational style thanks man killer bass tone

  11. Jesus Christ, the way these guys talk about the Hipshot D-Tuner, you'd think it hadn't been around since the early 80s.

  12. What's that called then?
    It's called a HipShot.
    A Hipshot? It's actually called a D-Tuner but I'll pretend I've never heard of it to avoid an argument man, whatever.

  13. It is cool, but not 1300€ cool. I mean don't get me wrong, it looks killer, sounds like a thunder machine that it should be, I bet it plays great as well but that price tag…as much as I want one It won't happen for me. Plus, I really don't see a little punk rock chick playing that bass unless she is from really well off family. Most of the normal punk rock kids play Squiers that they got for birthdays or had to flip burgers for the summer.

  14. Duff has been sober since 1994 & 2004! Really glad & proud he checked himself in rehab! Survival is our friend! Remember kids, keep practicing music & stay healthy on the road! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

  15. That's always been a great sounding bass. One of my favorites. Always loved the vintage white finish on it.

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