Michael Andrew “Duff” McKagan (born February 5, 1964) is an American musician and writer. He is best known for his twelve-year tenure as the bassist of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
During his later years with the band, he released a solo album, Believe in Me (1993), and formed the short-lived supergroup Neurotic Outsiders.
Following his departure from Guns N’ Roses in 1997, McKagan briefly reunited with his pre-success Seattle punk band 10 Minute Warning. He then formed the still-active hard rock band Loaded, in which he performs lead vocals and rhythm guitar.
Between 2002 and 2008, he played bass in the supergroup Velvet Revolver with his former Guns N’ Roses band mates Slash and Matt Sorum. He joined Jane’s Addiction for a brief tenure in 2010. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Guns N’ Roses.
In addition to his musical career, McKagan has established himself as a writer. He has written weekly columns on a wide variety of topics for Seattle Weekly.com,Playboy.com and ESPN.com.A former high school drop-out, he attended Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics in the early 2000s, and subsequently founded the wealth management firm Meridian Rock.
Official website duff-loaded.com/thetaking
RS66LD Swing Bass
R11 Roto Red 6 String Electric
I’ve had a re-awakening….again. Somehow, I keep getting inspired to better figure out this bass guitar thing. Un-cracked codes and deep mysteries within these four strings on this piece of wood; keep me enchanted and keep me forging ahead to try and better myself at my craft. I consider myself lucky.
I’ve been taking lessons in the past four or five years. I’ve been playing bass with some Masters (John Humphries, Reggie Hamilton, and Scott Shriner). Playing bass along with uber-drummer Barrett Martin in Walking Papers, has challenged my pre-conceived notions on rhythm and space. The foundation of a good rhythm section to me, is one of the purest forms in music. Without this base, having a truly good or great band is impossible.
One constant in my ever-changing career and thoughts on rhythm, has been my Roto-Sound Swing Bass strings. Nothing else comes close.