Rig Rundown: Guns N' Roses
The gear of Slash, Duff McKagan, and Richard Fortus finally revealed.
All of Slash’s guitars are strung with Ernie Ball strings (the gauge depends on the tuning). GNR’s main tuning is standard half-step flat. These guitars get Ernie Ball Paradigms .011–.048. Two guitars are tuned standard half-step flat, with a dropped D. They also use .011–.048 string sets, with the .048 string substituted with a .052. For standard A440-tuned guitars, string gauge is .011–.048. For the two songs in standard A-440 with dropped-D tuning, the gauge is .011–.048 with the .048 string substituted with a .050. The electric 12-string Gibson 1275 gets .09–.046 strings. All acoustics are strung with Ernie Ball Earthwood .012–.054 sets. Slash uses Dunlop Tortex 1.14 mm picks and most of his straps are made by Red Monkey.
Special thanks to Slash's tech Adam Day and Duff's tech Mike “Mcbob” Mayhue who have both been with the band since Appetite for Destruction.
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