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Ed O'Brien | Radiohead Guitarist | His Line 6 Gear

Published: Mon April 16, 2012  News Feed

Ed O'Brien's Line 6 Gear

Radiohead, as most of you may know, are an English Rock band from Oxfordshire. Formed in 1985, Radiohead have produced 8 studio albums, selling over 30 million copies worldwide and in 2005, were ranked at number 73 on Rolling Stone’s list of Greatest Artists of all Time.

Ed O’Brien

Radiohead’s guitarist and backing vocalist Ed O’Brien is recognized for his large collection of effects pedals used to create Radiohead’s distinct sound. One of O’Brien’s most frequently used pedals in both Radiohead and 7 Worlds Collide is the Line 6 DL4, which makes an appearance on A LOT of tracks on Kid A and Amnesiac.

As well as being responsible for the band’s harmonies and vocals during their live performances, O’Brien is also an accomplished drummer; though his only drum contributions for Radiohead to date have been tom drums on live performances of Hail to the Thief track ‘There There’, a task he shares with bandmate Jonny Greenwood.

O’Brien’s Line 6 Gear

  • Line 6 Variax 700
  • Line 6 DL4 Delay
  • Line 6 Pod Pro
  • Line 6 Vetta II (now discontinued)


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O’Brien uses a Line 6 Vetta II combo amp, but we can’t recommend one to you because the’ve now been discontinued... BUT word is, that the Line 6 DT50 212 is the new Vetta II. So...


Line 6 DT50 212 Combo Amp

Classic American clean, chimey and crunchy English tones, modern high-gain distortion - all great amplifiers are based on one of these four celebrated amp voicings. DT50 has them all, and the four-way Voicing switch on the front panel is your speed-dial to each one.

Behind each Voicing is the perfect recipe of dynamic analog circuitry (which includes tube configuration and negative feedback loop topology), and HD amp modeling technology (which fuels the preamp and tone stack). The choice is yours!


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