Duff McKagan’s Loaded’s second album Sick received a special edition treatment earlier this week. The specially-packaged double-disc comes complete with two additional bonus tracks on the CD – “Roll Away” and an acoustic version of “Wasted Heart” – plus a 94-minute bonus DVD featuring the band in full force back in 2008 at The Garage in Glasgow, Scotland. The DVD also features the band’s “No More” music video and five webisodes, four on the making of “Sick” and one of the 2008 U.K. tour. Purchase it here.
In April 2011, Loaded released the Terry Day-produced album The Taking. Premier Guitar has a lengthy Q&A with the Fender signature bassist and the gear he used on this latest album in their May issue.
“I essentially just use one kind of bass, my white Fender signature P Bass, which is basically a copy of the instrument I used all those years back in Guns N’ Roses—an ‘80s Jazz Bass Special,” McKagan told PG. “It’s kind of a mutt, with a Precision-bass body and a Jazz Bass neck. The sound is tight, and it plays really well. Also, I sometimes play a semi-hollow Duesenberg that I had filled in to prevent feedback. You can hear it on (Velvet Revolver’s) ‘Fall to Pieces.’ But really, I’m a Fender guy.”
Since McKagan steps out of his role of bassist and plays guitar with Loaded, he said he’s also been using a Fender Jim Root Telecaster for recording and performing.
“I yanked out that Tele’s stock active electronics and threw some Seymour Duncans in there,” he says of Root’s signature model. “The combination of the mahogany body and the Duncans gives the Tele a warm sound with a great growl. Also, the guitar only has one knob— volume. I love the simplicity of that; I don’t need anything more to fuss with when I’m singing and playing rhythm guitar at the same time.”