Ed O’Brien’s Rig

     Ed showing us just how manic he is about pedals.

Edward John O’Brien (born 15 April 1968) is one of the guitarists of Radiohead. He has also provided backing and even lead vocals in the studio and on stage and has played other instruments, most notably tambourine in ‘Reckoner’ (which can be seen in the 'Live From the Basement' webcast) and the Toms in live performances of There There along with Jonny. In addition, he has played guitar and provided backing vocals for the 7 Worlds Collide project.

     Ed is known as the looks of the band (Thom has been quoted saying that he decided to start ‘On a Friday’ with Ed because he looked like Morrissey) and although Ed is indeed very attractive, he is equally as talented as the other members of the band and provides interesting and at times other-worldly guitar to their music. He is also known for being nine feet tall an above-average 6’4” in height, contrasting greatly with Thom Yorke’s 5’6” stature.


-Electric Guitars

-Acoustic Guitars

-Bass Guitar
-Guitar Accessories


-Pedals Used
-Other Effects



Ed’s Guitars

A picture of Ed’s guitar rack from later In Rainbows touring. From left to right: Rickenbacker 360, Gibson ES335, Fender Eric Clapton Signature “Sustainer” Strat(No1), Gibson ES330, Fender Telecaster, 70’s Fender Strat, Fernandes Native Pro, and the Plank Ed2.

Electric Guitars

 Plank Ed1(original Plank) Stolen.

     A custom guitar built by Ed and the band’s guitar tech Plank. This original Plank had only one f-hole. Stolen along with the rest of Radiohead’s gear in the 90’s.

 Plank Ed2

      Built from scratch throughout 1994 by Radiohead’s guitar technician Plank along with Ed. Easy to tell apart from the original as it has two  f-holes. The body sides are mahogany, the face birds eye maple. Fingerboard is ebony with mother or pearl markers. Scale length: 25 11/32. Fitted with an 80’s Kahler standard trem.

Blonde Rickenbacker 360 Stolen.

     Ed’s first guitar was a Rick, and it was probably this one. Used quite a bit on Pablo Honey, probably for Creep, and also in The Bends. In 1992, the guitar was covered in “Pablo Honey” stickers and used for promotional pictures of the band. Ed had removed the stickers by 1994, however. The guitar was eventually stolen in 1995.

 Fireglo Rickenbacker 360 (No1)

     Used on the recording of 2+2=5, and live for The Bends, Karma Police, and Let Down.

 Fireglo Rickenbacker 360 (No2)

     At the moment, the only evidence for the existence of this guitar is the word of others. However, those others are reliable, so we are relatively sure that it exists.

 Jetglo Rickenbacker 360 12-String

     Acquired in late 1995/early 1996. Used for Airbag on every tour since then, for How To Disappear Completely, and for Staircase in 2011 and 2012.

     Ed with the  Black Rickenbacker 360 12-String on stage during the 2012 Tour. Source

 Italia Rimini 12?

Possibly used as a backup for Ed’s Rickenbacker, though this is unconfirmed.

 Eric Clapton Fender Stratocaster Stolen.

     Probably Ed’s second guitar. Used for On A Friday demos and gigs as well as lots on Pablo Honey and The Bends. Ed says he prefers it with effects to Ricks.

 Eric Clapton Fender Stratocaster (ST1)

     Bought in early 1996, after his original was stolen. Originally fitted with three gold lace sensors. Ed replaced the white pickguard with a black one.

     As with his original Clapton Strat, Ed used this guitar on a lot of songs - especially those with many effects. Ed began using other guitars on old songs in place of the Strat, however, after its modification…

     After a circa-2002 modification, the guitar became nicknamed the “Sustainer Strat.” In the center position remained the old gold lace sensor, and it functions as a regular pickup. However, the neck and bridge pickups were switched out in favor of a Fernandez Sustainer unit, which involves adding a special neck “pickup” and a bridge humbucker. Picture of the “wiring.” As is explained on Plank’s blog, “the sustainer circuit produces magnetic pulses via the neck driver pickup, causing the strings to vibrate which are in turn picked up (!) by the bridge humbucker.”

      Ed generally(always, as far as I know) runs the sustainer system into a series of delays and/or reverb, probably with one of the delays or reverb set to 100% wet. He also generally add some distortion, which is pre-delay. The system alone is only part of getting the unique kind of “wash” for which Ed uses the system.

     The sustainer system saw its first public use on live performances of The National Anthem in 2001.

     Ed records a layered loop with the guitar, using his Akai Headrush, on The Gloaming.

    Ed used the “Sustainer” Strat live for Sail To The Moon and We Suck Young Blood in 2003.

     For live performances of 15 Step, Ed uses the sustainer to play the part heard at 1:45-1:57 on the album. On Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Ed uses the guitar for the second half of the song, utilizing the guitar’s sustainer system from 3:40 to the end of the song. On Reckoner, Ed uses the sustainer during the section beginning with the lyrics “because we separate.”

     Used on the 2012 Tour for Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, The Gloaming, Reckoner, The National Anthem, Pyramid Song, Kid A.

     Ed’s Eric Clapton Strat prior to the addition of the sustainer system.

The guitar circa 2001.

     Ed with the sustainer strat in Sydney, Australia on April 23, 2004.

     Ed with the sustainer strat in its current form.

 Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster (ST2)

     Bought in early 1996, at the same time as his No1 Clapton Strat. Ed used both during touring, with the No2 used for alternate tunings.

     By 1998, Ed had added a sticker and switched the white pick guard for a clear one.

     By 2001, Ed had modded the guitar to the same specs as his Sustainer Strat to function as its spare, as he used it for a performance of The National Anthem that year.

Ed, playing the guitar during the 1998 Tibetan Freedom Concert.

 Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster (ST3)

     First used in 2012. The guitar looks brand new, but it is fitted with Lace Sensors, so either its from the 90’s and has been kept in great condition or it is a Clapton Strat from circa 2012 which has been fitted with Lace Sensors. Used on tour 2012 for Separator and Paranoid Android.

     Ed with his Eric Clapton Signature Strat. Source.

 70’s Fender Stratocaster

     Only used on the 2006 Tour for early performances of Go Slowly, Down Is The New Up and for Spooks.

 Fender Stratocaster

    Likely from early 1965, as it has the pre-CBS smaller headstock and a slightly thicker Fender decal. Used in studio circa 2010.


 Fender Stratocaster

     From the late 70’s, in aged white. Used on TKOL FTB for Bloom, Little By Little, Lotus Flower, and Separator. Ed’s main guitar on the first leg of the 2012 Tour. It was later replaced for those songs by his at the time new Telecaster and Johnny Marr Jaguar.

 Fender Telecaster Donated.

    White. Ed used this guitar extensively since Kid A, both on recording and on tour. Fitted with some sort of switch, possibly a cuttoff switch à la Jonny’s Teles. He no longer has this guitar as he donated it to a charity auction on eBay in 2011.

    Used live for Weird Fishes in 2008.

 Fender Telecaster

In aged white. Used on TKOL FTB for Morning Mr Magpie, Feral, and Supercollider. This Tele replaced his Strat as his main guitar during the second leg of the 2012 Tour, and was used on Bloom, 15 Step, These Are My Twisted Words, Lotus Flower, Feral, Idiotque, Paranoid Android, Go To Sleep, and Talk Show Host.


 Fernandes Native Pro

     Acquired in 2003, it has been part of his live setup ever since. Used on the recording of All I Need, probably on the recording of Myxomatosis, and live for both of those songs. On the first, Ed uses the guitar’s sustained to create the atmospheric synth-like sounds which the song opens with, and which continue through it. On the latter, he uses it with his Crowther Hotcake for a thick, mildly distorted sound.

     In 2012, Ed took to only stringing the bottom three strings of the guitar, and on those using extra heavy strings. He is very likely using some sort of drop tuning on those songs, when using this setup at least.

    Ed with the Fernandes Native Pro in 2012. Source

 Fernandes Retrorocket Pro?

    Used in 2007 as a spare for his Native Pro, and strung the same way.

 1967 Gibson ES335

     Acquired circa 2003. It was subsequenctly used extensively on In Rainbows.

     Used live for Scatterbrain at Eurockéennes in 2003, Bodysnatchers from 2006 to 2012, Nude from 2008 to 2012, Weird Fishes in 2006 and for Scotch Mist in 2008, House of Cards, Videotape and other songs live. May have been used for those in studio as well. Also used for live performances of Codex, tuned to EADABD.


 1960s Gibson ES330

    Used in studio for In Rainbows, and possibly also for Kid A/Amnesiac and Hail To The Thief. Used for Talk Show Host live roughly live from 1998 to 2001, and for Weird Fishes live in 2010.

 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty

     Used live in 2002 for Myxomatosis. It was replaced by the Fernandes Native Pro for that song in 2003, and has not been seen since.

 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop

     Note that while Ed currently has this guitar is actually Johnny Marr’s.

-Ed making silly faces with the Gibson Les Paul Goldtop-

 Gibson Les Paul Custom

     From the 70’s. Used on the Daily Mail. First seen at the Glastonbury Surprise gig in 2011.

 Epiphone Casino

     From 1964, acquired by Ed in May, 2007. Used live for Where I End and You Begin, Go Slowly from 2008-2010, Talk Show Host in 2008, and Weird Fishes/Arpeggi in 2010. Thom also borrowed the guitar live, in addition to using his own Casino, for some songs in 2012. Thom may have bought the guitar from Ed, as Thom also used it for the 2013 Atoms for Peace tour.

 Line 6 Variax 700 ?

 Unknown Gretsch

     According to the title of the below image found on DeadAirSpace, used in London.

 Fender Johnny Marr Signature Jaguar (No1)

     Personally given to Ed by Jonny Marr in 2012. First seen at the first show of the 2012 tour, in Miami. It very quickly became one of his most used guitars, used in 2011 and 2012 for Little By Little, Weird Fishes, Morning Mr Mapgie, Cut A Hole, Identikit, Separator, Bloom, Supercollider, and others.


 Fender Johnny Marr Signature Jaguar (No2)

     In Metallic KO Finish. Obtained in 2012, but later than the first.


Acoustic Guitars

 Classical Guitar

     Played in pictures on Dead Air Space during time between shows.

 Gibson Hummingbird

     Thom’s guitar, used live for Four Minute Warning.

Bass Guitar

 Lakland 44-64

     Fitted with a Darkstar pickup. In “Three Tone Translucent” finish. Used for Seven Worlds Collide.

Guitar Accessories


 Elite .010 gauge strings

      Used in the 90’s.

 Dean Marley Signature Series 10-46 strings

      Used for Fender guitars since the mid 2000’s.


 .60mm Dunlop Nylon Standard Picks.

    Used since at least the early 90’s.

    Ed holding a .60mm Dunlop Nylon Standard pick in his mouth, while his hands are preoccupied with an EBow, during a 1995 performance of My Iron Lung.

 .73mm Dunlop Nylon Standard Picks

      Ed’s main pick during In Rainbows era touring.

 BareKnuckle Pickups Picks

      Used in 2012. In my head, Johnny Marr introduced these to Ed.


 BareKnuckle Pickups Guitar Straps

      In 2012, Ed equipped all of his guitars with these straps.

Strap Locks

 Schaller Strap Locks

    Ed has had nearly all of his guitars fitted with the locks since the early 90’s. He uses silver ones.

Ed’s Amplifiers

     From 1993-1994, Ed used two Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Trem-O-Verbs, one clean and one heavily distored. He used a few pedals and some rack units for effects, but no pedal distortion. In 1995, he added a Fender Twin Reverb to his setup, giving him a more diverse selection of clean tones. When the Twin was stolen, he purchased an AC30 instead of replacing.

     From 1995 until 2010, this remained Ed’s main amp setup. Two Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Trem-O-Verbs, one for cleans and one for a distortion, and a Vox AC30 Dave Petersen Special, for cleans or with distortion from pedals.

     Within that setup, Ed quickly became sophisticated, running only certain pedals(such as the Crowther Hotcake and some of his delays) into each amp. As such, he was able to use the pedals which suited each amp best with only that amp. It also allowed him to switch from an amp with tons of different effects running into it to one without any effects at all, quickly achieving a different tone without having to turn off all of his pedals every time.

      In the late 2000’s, Ed began experimenting with other amp setups during webcasts and side shows. He used a Tweed Fender amp, and also a Fender Super-Sonic 112 combo.

     For the King of Limbs and subsequent touring, Ed settled on a Fender Vibro-King Custom.

 Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Trem-O-Verb

     Ed has used tow of these Mesa Boogie combos since before Pablo Honey. Ed’s two originals, used on Pablo Honey and The Bends, were stolen in 1995, but quickly purchased two new ones. Those two were used until 2009.

     Ed would set one of this to heavy distortion, and the other quite clean, using a Boss LS2 to switch between them. On Creep, he used the a tremolo pedal with the clean amp for the verses, then switched to the tremolo-less distorted amp for the choruses.

     Ed currently owns two, “both from 1995-6, they are slightly different but both run with standard Boogie 6L6 / ECC83’s.”  Mic’d with a Sennheiser 609.

    For reference, Ed’s Mesas will be designated as such.

 Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Trem-O-Verb No1 Clean 1992-1995
 Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Trem-O-Verb No2 Distortion 1992-1995
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Trem-O-Verb No3 Clean 1995-2009
 Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Trem-O-Verb No4 Distortion 1995-2009

Ed’s two Mesas in 1993.

     Ed’s amp setup in 1997. One can see the two Mesas, on the left, which he had used since 1993(though the original two were stolen in 1995, he replaced them immediately). The Vox AC30(see below), on the right, was a newer addition at the time, but Ed would continue to use it for very nearly every show until 2010.

 Unknown Black Amp halfstack

    Used for the MTV Beach House performances of Anyone Can Play Guitar and Creep.

 Fender Twin Reverb

    Used for gigs in early 1995, and possibly on The Bends.

     A picture from a TV performance in 1995 showing one of Ed’s Mesas and the Fender Twin Reverb.

(Knockoff?) Vox AC30

    Used in 1994. Noticeably different from the 90’s Reissue, as it lacks a “Vox” emblem, though that could’ve been removed and replaced.

90’s Reissue Vox AC30 Stolen.

    Used in 1995 as well, after the Twin. Stolen in 1995.

90’s Reissue Vox AC30 ?

    It is likely that Ed bought a second reissue AC30 to replace the stolen one. If so, used for the second half of 1995 before upgrading to the Dave Petersen Specials.

 1996 Vox AC30  Dave Petersen Specials

     His main AC30’s from circa 1996 to 2012 are two of these, with one kept behind his amps at shows as a spare. During In Rainbows era, equipped with Watford Valves original Mullard / Tesla ECC83 / EL84’s. Most of the modulation and delay pedals are used with these amps. Mic’d with a Shure SM57.

From circa 2008. Ed’s spare AC30 can be seen on the floor in the center of the photo. His other amps are on the right.

 Vox AC15

    Used for a few shows circa 2009. It was likely used in an attempt by Ed to minimize his rig, since at the same shows he only used one of his Mesas.

 Line 6 VETTA II

 Fender Squier

    Seen used in shots on DAS, more likely for messing around than recording. Possibly the SP10.

 Fender “Hot Rod” or “Blues” Delxue

     Used for the Haiti Benefit show.

 Fender Super-Sonic 112 combo

     Fed into a Super-Sonic 212 cabinet. Used in the thumbs_down webcast.

 Fender Vibro-King Custom

     Ed used two of these, both with a Fender VK 212 B extension cab. He very likely uses them in stereo, specifically for the Glastonbury and Roseland 2011 performances. For their SNL performance, he only used one. He used them in stereo again for the 2012 Tour. One of the cab’s grill cloth is covered by the Tibetan flag.

The main amp is mic’d with a Heil PR40(?), the cab is mic’d with what looks like a Sennheiser 609.

    A picture posted on Johnny Marr’s facebook from a 2012 Radiohead show in Texas, showing both Ed’s Vibro-King amp setup, and his Johnny Marr Signature Jaguar.

 Marshall Stack

     Marshall amps were seen behind Thom, Ed, and Jonny at only one gig: the Sopot Rock Festival in 1994. They are turned on during the band’s performances, but as Radiohead’s other amps were also on stage(and mic’d), the Marshalls were likely set up for a band performing before or after them.

Ed’s Effects Pedals and Rack Units

CURRENT Board (not in signal order, but somewhat approximate)

Read the full article on Ed’s latest board here.

Previous Boards

'93 Setup

 Korg FC6
 Boss LS2 A/B

A. ? - rack units? - Clean MESA
B. Distorted MESA

Rack Units
Korg A2 - Yamaha FX500 - Boss Half-Rack Delay -
Boss Half-Rack Delay - Boss Half-Rack Delay

'95 Setup

 Midi Footswitch No1
 Dunlop Cry Baby Wah - Digitech Whammy WH2 -
Boss LS2 A/B

A. ? - rack units? - Clean MESA
B. Distorted MESA

Rack Units
Korg A2 - Yamaha FX500 - Boss Half-Rack Delay -
Boss Half-Rack Delay - Boss Half-Rack Delay

OK Computer-Era Pedalboard (1997/1998)

Board 1
 Boss TU12 - Boss PSM5 - Lovetone Meatball - Lovetone
Big Cheese - EHX Small Stone V2? - MXR Micro Amp - Marshall Shredmaster or Drivemaster - MXR Phase 90 - Boss LS2

Morley Bad Horsie Wah

Board 2
 Digitech Whammy WH2 - Boss CE1 - Dunlop Tremolo - Boss FV300L
- Rack Setup
(Pedals on the first board are powered off the boss PSM5)
(The black and white unit on the second board is the rack switcher)

Rack Setup
  Korg A2 - Boss Half-Rack Delay -
Boss Half-Rack Delay - AMS DMS1580 delay - Vox AC30

     I imagine the Boss LS2 switches between the amps he used at the time, namely two Mesa Boogie Combos (at least one is a Tremoverb)(possibly in stereo) and his second board into his Vox AC30.

Kid A/Amnesiac Live Pedalboard (2001)
Boss FS-5U

Board 1:
Boss RV3 - Boss DD5 - Boss DD5 - Boss PN2 - Boss LS2 - Akai Headrush E1 - Line 6 DL4 - Digitech Whammy WH4 - Boss LS2 - Boss LS2

Boss FV300H

Board 2:
Boss TU2 - MXR Micro Amp(?) -
Boss GE7 - Boss SD1 - Boss DD5 - Boss DD5 - Lovetone Ring Stinger - Lovetone Meatball

-Ed, with literally countless pedals, at a Radiohead concert-

Hail To The Thief Pedalboard (2002/2003)

     Half of Ed’s board from this album is visible in a picture from Dead Airspace. However, the other half is nowhere to be seen.

Board 1
EHX Holy Grail - Boss DD5 - Boss DD5 - Boss PN2 - Akai Headrush - Line 6 DL4 - Digitech Whammy WH4 - Boss DD5 (with Boss FS-5U tap tempo) - Boss LS2

Boss FV300H

Board 2
Boss TU2 - Lovetone Ring Stinger - Lovetone Meatball
- MXR Micro Amp(?) - Boss GE7 - Crowther Hotcake - Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive - Boss DD5 (with Boss FS-5U tap tempo) -DOD440

2006-2007 pre-In Rainbows Touring/Recording Pedalboard

Board 1:
Boss TU2 - MXR DynaComp -
Voodoo Labs SparkleDrive - Crowther Hotcake - Cry Baby Wah - MXR Phase 90 - Boss DD5 (with Boss FS-5U tap tempo) - Boss LS2

Boss FV300L

Board 2:
Akai Headrush E1 - Line 6 DL4 - Digitech Whammy IV - EHX Deluxe Memory Man - BOSS FC-200(sending signals to his Sound Sculpture Switchblade to activate his rack units)

     July 06.

     Dec 06.

Thumbs Down Boards (November 9th 2007)

Board 1:

Boss TU2 - MXR DynaComp - Voodoo Labs SparkleDrive - Crowther Hotcake - Cry Baby Wah - MXR Phase 90 - Boss DD5 - Boss LS2

Boss FV300L

Board 2:
Akai Headrush E2 - Line 6 DL4 - Line 6 DL4 - Digitech Whammy IV - EHX Deluxe Memory Man - BOSS FC-200 (sending signals to his Sound Sculpture Switchblade to activate his rack units)

Ed appears to have two DL4’s stacked on top of eachother, but slightly tiered, such that he can access the footswitches of either.

Scotch Mist Boards (New Year’s Eve, 2007)

Board 1:
Boss TU2 - MXR DynaComp -
Voodoo Labs SparkleDrive - Crowther Hotcake - Cry Baby Wah - MXR Phase 90 - Boss DD5 - Boss LS2

Boss FV300L

Board 2:
Akai Headrush E2 - Line 6 DL4 - Digitech Whammy IV- EHX Deluxe Memory Man

In Rainbows From The Basement (2008)

     This board marks the first time Ed started using a switching system for all of his pedals.

Board 1:
Voodoo Lab Pedal Switcher - Voodoo Lab Pedal Switcher
Boss TU2 - Voodoo Labs SparkleDrive - Crowther Hotcake - Cry Baby Wah - MXR DynaComp - Boss DD5 (with Boss FS-5U tap tempo) - EHX Memory Man w/ Hazarai - Boss LS2

Boss FV500L

Board 2:
Voodoo Lab Pedal Switcher - Bypass Switcher(for the Deluxe Memory Man)
Unknown brown pedal - Line 6 DL4 - Digitech Whammy IV - Akai Headrush E2 - EHX Deluxe Memory Man - EHX Memory Man w/ Hazarai

Late In Rainbows Board (2008/9)

Board 1:
Voodoo Lab Pedal Switcher - Voodoo Lab Pedal Switcher
Boss TU2 - Voodoo Labs SparkleDrive - Crowther Hotcake - Cry Baby Wah - Boss DD5 (with Boss FS-5U tap tempo)  MXR DynaComp- EHX Memory Man w/ Hazarai - Boss LS2

Boss FV500L

Board 2:
Voodoo Lab Pedal Switcher - Bypass Switcher(for the Deluxe Memory Man)
Unknown brown pedal -Line 6 DL4 - Digitech Whammy IV - Akai Headrush E2 - EHX Deluxe Memory Man - EHX Memory Man w/ Hazarai

7 Worlds Collide (2009) Board No1

Boss TU2 - MXR DynaComp - Ibanez TS808 Tubescreamer - Crowther Hotcake - Cry Baby Wah  - Boss DD5 (with Boss FS-5U tap tempo) - Digitech Whammy IV - Line 6 DL4 - EHX Deluxe Memory Man - Ernie Ball VP Jr

All pedals save the Whammy and Deluxe Memory Manare powered off of a single Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+.

7 Worlds Collide (2009) Board No1

Boss TU2 - MXR DynaComp -  Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive - Crowther Hotcake - Cry Baby Wah  - Boss DD5 (with Boss FS-5U tap tempo) - Digitech Whammy IV - Line 6 DL4 - EHX Deluxe Memory Man - Ernie Ball VP Jr

All pedals save the Whammy and Deluxe Memory Manare powered off of a single Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+.

Radiohead for Haiti Pedalboard

Peterson Strobostomp 2 - Catalinbread Super Chili Picoso - Demeter Compulator - Boss OD1 (Analogman Modded) - Cry Baby Wah - Digitech Whammy IV - EHX HOG (with expression pedal)- Boss DD5 (with FS-5U tap temp) - EHX Deluxe Memory Man - BOSS TR-2 Tremolo - Boss FV500L

From The Basement/Colbert Report/Roseland Shows

Board 1
BOSS FV500L - KorgPitchblack - Lovetone Big Cheese - Klon Centaur - Crowther Hotcake - Diamond Compressor - EHX HOG and HOG foot controller(the POG is on the first board, the controller on the second) - Wah-Wah Pedal (probably a Cry Baby)

Between Boards
Boss FV500

Board 2
Diamond Tremolo - Diamond Memory Lane 2 - Line 6 DL4 - Digitech Whammy WH4 - Korg A2/Rack Setup - EHX Deluxe Memory Man - BOSS DD5 (with BOSS FS-5U tap tempo) - Akai Headrush E2 - BOSS FV500

Ed has Voodoo Labs footswitches on each board to which all of his pedals are connected.

The King of Limbs Tour (2012)

Board 1*
KorgPitchblack - Cry Baby Wah - EHX HOG (connected to a BOSS FV500L and a HOG foot controller)(the HOG is on the first board, the controller on the second, and the FV500L is left of the first board) - Lovetone Big Cheese - Carl Martin AC Tone - Klon Centaur - Diamond Compressor

Between Boards
Boss FV500

Board 2*
Diamond Tremolo -Diamond Memory Lane 2 - Line 6 DL4 - Digitech Whammy WH4 (connected to a Molten Voltage Midi 2 controller) - Korg A2/Direct - EHX Deluxe Memory Man - Diamond Memory Lane 2 - Strymon Timeline - BOSS RV3 - BOSS FV500 - BOSS FS-5U

     I separated the board listings for readability, but they are interconnecting, with the first leading directly into the second. Due to the nature of his bypass setup, however, it can be assumed that all of the pedals on the second board are after those on the first.

     The two Voodoo Lab Pedal Switchers on each board are used to activate each effect individually from the switching device, rather than by stepping on the actual pedal. Very popular with modern guitarists, this allows Ed to switch between pedals far more quickly, and also gives him total true bypass. On top of this, he also uses two Voodoo Lab Commander units, which can switch on and off multiple pedals at once via presets. He’s also using a Tech 21 Midi Mouse to cycle through settings on his Korg A2.

     The boards seem to be set up such that Ed has overdrive/distortion and modulation on the first, and delay on the second. At least one of the Boss Volume pedals is being used as an expression pedal.


     At Coachella in 2012, Ed O’Brien introduced something very new. For Everything In Its Right Place, Ed had a separate pedalboard set up on a table for looping use. The pedals, not in signal order, are as follows:

 Line 6 DL4, Digitech Whammy, BOSS LS2, BOSS TU2, Strymon Timeline, EHX Deluxe Memory Man, BOSS LS2, EHX 2880, BOSS FV500.

The cart itself seems to have sustained some damage, likely due to the stage collapse in Canada, with “the middle support itself… gone, and the top rail bends downwards to meet the bottom rail.”

Pedals Used


 BOSS OD-1(analog man modded)


 Crowther Hotcake

     Acquired some time between OK Computer and Kid A, it almost immediately became Ed’s main source of distortion(though possibly only with his clean amp, usually a Vox AC30.

 Ibanez Tube Screamer TS-808

 Klon Centaur

     Ed has the “Gold Horsie” version. Acquired some time around 2010-11. Used for touring in 2011 and 2012.
Gain 2, Treble 12, Output 9

 Marshall Shredmaster

    Used during the OK Computer Era, a (very short) time when ALL THREE members of Radiohead were using them at once.

 ProCo Rat

    Used when exactly…? This might be as much of a myth as Jonny’s use of one.

 Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive

    Used from 2002 to 2009.


 Akai Headrush

     Used from 2000 to 2009 for looping, specifically on Idioteque, The Gloaming,and I Might Be Wrong. Ed usually records the loop before the start of the song with his signal muted, then turns up the volume when the loop is needed.

 BOSS DD-5 Digital Delay

     He had over four of these on his board at one point, but the number varies. When he heard Boss was discontinuing the pedal, he went on ebay and bought a bunch of them. The exact number that he owns is unknown, but it is high.

      These were Ed’s main delays on Kid A, Amnesiac, And Hail To The Thief, used both individually and stacked for a variety of sounds on each of those albums.


     Part of Ed’s board from 2000 to 2002, it was replaced by the Holy Grail in 2003. However, in 2012 Ed started using a Boss reverb pedal again, which may be the RV3 or an RV5.

 Diamond Memory Lane 2

     Obtained in 2010 or 2011. Part of his touring board in 2011 and 2012, during which time he used a Boss FV500 as an expression pedal controlling its feedback level. Used live performances of Bloom, Little By Little (on which he pushes the pedal near oscillation with the expression pedal), Lotus Flower, and many others.

 Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man

     Obtained circa 2004-2005, and used extensively thereafter. Ed is particularly fond of using it to add a modulated aspect to his swells and loops.

 Electro-Harmonix Stereo Memory Man w/ Hazarai

     Ed had two of these on his board at some point(in 2009), each at a different part of his signal chain.

 Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb

     Used Hail To The Thief era.

 Electro-Harmonix 2880 Looper

    Part of his “pedalcart” Ed used this looper for 2012 live performances of Everything In Its Right Place.

 Line 6 DL4 Delay

     First added to his pedal setup in 2000, it has remained an essential part of his setup ever since. From 2000 to 2009, Ed used its ‘sweep delay’ on live performances of Idioteque and The Gloaming. In 2011, Ed began using the DL4 for looping instead of the Akai Headrush on Idioteque, The Gloaming,and I Might Be Wrong. He also used it for looping on Little By Little in 2011 and 2012, on which he used a combination of the pedal’s reverse, 2x speed, and play once looper functions to create strange reverse-sitar like effects during the choruses.

   For older performances of Idiotque and The Gloaming (for the part heard on the album recording starting at 2:56), Ed would record a layered loop on his Akai Headrush at the start of the songs, with his guitar signal muted. When the time was right, he would turn up his volume pedal to make the loop audible, and often process the sound it with the DL4’s sweep delay.

    During the Thumbs Down webcast, Ed had two stacked Line 6 DL4’s on his pedalboard.

    Ed also has a Line 6 DL4 on his “pedalcart,” which he used in 2012 for live performances of Everything In Its Right Place.

 Strymon Timeline

    Acquired in 2011 or 2012, and first used live in 2012. Ed uses the ICE mode for synthy sounds on 2012 live performances of 15 Step and Kid A. Ed also used the Timeline, set to other modes, for 2012 live performances of Idioteque and possibly The Gloaming.

    An image of Ed adjusting his Timeline and Line 6 DL4 during Idioteque, from Radiohead’s 2012 performance on ACL. Note that the DL4 is being used as a looper, and the TImeline to modulate that loop.


 Electro-Harmonix Small Stone

     I suspect that Ed borrowed Jonny’s Small Stone V2 for the recording of Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong. Ed also had a Small Stone on board for only a brief time in the late nineties.

 MXR Phase 90

     Ed had this phaser on his board from circa 1997 until some time in 2007. Used for Dollars and Cents (in conjunction with his Digitech Whammy pedal).

 Yamaha Phaser

     Probably the PH-01. One of the first pedals Ed ever bought, which he got three months after starting guitar. Probably never used with Radiohead.


 BOSS CE-1 Chorus Ensemble

     Used OK Computer era.


 EHX Electric Mistress

     Used OK Computer era.


 BOSS TR-2 Tremolo

    Used at the Radiohead for Haiti benefit show.

 BOSS PN-2 Tremolo/Pan

 Diamond TRM-1 Tremolo

     Ed started using one in 2011. Used for Feral, and for live performances of Planet Telex and Paranoid Android.

 Dunlop Stereo Tremolo


Pitch Shifters:

 Digitech Whammy II

     Used since 1995, though possibly as early as 1994. Heard during the “what’s that” section during Paranoid Android.

 Digitech Whammy IV

     Replaced his Whammy WH2 circa 1999-2000, and has been used on just about all of Ed’s board since then. Since switching from the WH2, Ed has begun using the WH4 for Paranoid Android.

     Ed uses the Whammy set to a third up harmony on Dollars and Cents, on early live performances of Go Slowly in 2006, and since 2011 in conjunction with his Molten Midi controller on 15 Step.

     In 2012, Ed used two: one on his board and one on his pedal “cart”(for Everything In Its Right Place).

 Electro-Harmonix HOG

     Used on Morning Mr Magpie, Lotus Flower, Codex, and Separator. Ed activates individual presets for those songs via a HOG foot controller. He also controls some parameters with Boss FV500 used as an expression pedal.

     On live performances of Separator, he uses the HOG’s Freeze+Gliss Mode to create the sustaining synth-like sound which switches between two chords, heard from the start through the first three and a half minutes of the song. He uses this his Boss FV500, as an expression pedal controlling the HOG, to capture and control the frozen part.


 Demeter COMP-1 Compulator

 Diamond CPR-1 Compressor

 MXR Dynacomp

Envelope Filters:


 Lovetone Meatball

    Used on Talk Show Host; comes in at 1:50. Part of Ed’s main setup from OK Computer to In Rainbows.

    Below are some extremely low quality images of Ed’s Lovetone Meatball, from a video posted on Thom’s Waste Central page.

Ring Modulators:

 Lovetone Ring Stinger

     This pedal is supposedly capable of making Dalek Noises.

 Electro-Harmonix Frequency Analyzer XO

     Seen during the recording of In Rainbows, though likely not used.


 Dunlop Cry Baby Wah

    Acquired circa 1995. It was part of his setup in 1995, before being replaced by the Morley for the rest of the 90’s. It was part of his setup again in 2000, and has remained a part of it to the present. The Cry Baby was used on the recording of Bodysnatchers, and on live performances of the track as those of Airbag and Videotape. For live versions of Videotape, it is usedto help create ethereal sound at the end of the performance (explained vividly here).

 Morley Bad Horsie

    Part of Ed’s setup in the late 90’s. It was used on the recording of Airbag during the bridge, and for live performances of the track from 1996 to 1998.


 Catalinbread Super Chili Picoso

    Used in the mid nineties.

 MXR Micro Amp


 BOSS FC-200 MIDI Foot Controller

    Used in conjunction with his Sound Sculpture Switchblade to activate his rack units. Used In Rainbows Era.


   Used as a tap tempo for his Boss DD5’s.

Boss FV-300L

    Used from circa 1996 until 2007.


    He currently has three of these “on” his board.

 BOSS PSM-5 Power Supply & Master Switch

 BOSS GE-7 Equalizer

 BOSS LS-2 Line Selector

 BOSS TU-2 Chromatic Tuner

 Ernie Ball VP Jr

 Line 6 Pod PRO

 Korg FC6 ?

    Used with his Korg A2 from 1993 to 1995(?).

 Midi Footswitch

    Used with his Korg A2 from 1996 to 1998(?).

 Molten Voltage Midi 2 

    A special Midi controller for the Digitech Whammy 4, Ed added one of these to his board in 2011/2012. It is used on Feral, on which Ed utilizes the Step Portamento setting to slide between preset pitches every time that he taps the footswitch. He has also starting using it on performances of 15 Step, clicking it to switching between one and two octave up settings.

 Peterson Strobostomp 2

    Used at the Radiohead for Haiti concert.

 Roger Linn Adrenalinn II

     Used during rehearsals in February, 2006.

 Roland GR500 Guitar Synth

     Used during the Kid A/Amnesiac sessions. Ed mentions using it on Fast-Track in his journal, and it was likely used on that song to create the lo-fi descending guitar sound at the very start of the song and which continuous throughout.

     According to Ed, he used the “first” Roland Guitar Synth. It’s probably the GR500, but it also could be the GR1, which came out several years after the GR500. Assuming that it is the GR500, he also has the special guitar/controller made for it.

 ToadWorks True-Bypass Looper

 Voodoo Lab Commander

 Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus

 Voodoo Lab Pedal Switcher

 Whirlwind Selector A/B


     Plank, the band’s guitar tech, makes their guitar and patches cables using angled and straight switchcraft 1/4” jacks and VDC oxygen free instrument cable.

Rack Units

     Ed at a Radiohead show in 2008. His rack setup is visible behind him. Source.

Korg A2

     This was used quite a bit in the early days. Though also used on Pablo Honey, it had its prime during The Bends, when Ed says that basically all of his guitar sounds on the album were run through the unit. It fell out of use almost entirely during the recording of OK Computer in favor of more “analogue” sounds(Ed’s words, not mine).

 Boss Half-Rack Delay

     Ed really liked these in the early years, and used as many as three of these at once in 1998. He used on Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong, to create the atmospheric sounds heard at the beginning of the song, and periodically throughout.

 Yamaha FX500

     Used in 1994.

 Roland Space Echo

     This was used pre-OK Computer.

 AMS DMS1580 delay

     Used at the end of Karma Police to create the self-oscilating delay sounds.

 TC Electronics G Force or FireworX

     Used in 2008.

 Custom Built Switching Unit

     Used prior to the Switchblade(bellow).

 Sound Sculpture Switchblade

     Used in 2008, and triggered by Ed’s Roland FC200.

Other Effects


     Ed first used the EBow on My Iron Lung, in conjunction with his guitar’s Whammy bar and other effects, to create the thick “buzzing” noise heard on the song. That was an older model EBow, probalby the “licked-circuit” model, and he later switched to an PlusEBow (by 2008, but probabl sooner).

     His next use would be Talk Show Host, left earphone 2:16-2:26, used in conjunction with delay. Though not as prominent on the recording, it is easily audible during live performances of the song.

     He wouldn’t use it on a song again until Where I End and You Begin, live at least, when he mirror’s Jonny’s playing on the Ondes Martenot. He uses it similarly on Nude.

     Many other songs which are often claimed to be products of the EBow are actually created by Ed’s Sustainer Strat and Fernandes Native Pro (check the guitar section).

    An image of Ed using an PlusEBow, identifiable by its blue LED, during Radiohead’s 2008 From The Basement performance of Where I End And You Begin.


Shure Beta 87

     Used In Rainbows Tour.

Telefunken M80

     Used tour 2012.



     Used during Paranoid Android.

 Fender Rhodes Piano

     Played on In Limbo.

 Moog Rogue

     Played by Ed for the studio recording of Dollars And Cents.

 Novation Bass Synth

     Heard on Like Spinning Plates repeating a sequence arranged by Ed.

 Oscar Schmidt Autoharp

    For the second part of 15 Step, Ed played the basic part on the Autoharp, then ran it into loads of effects to create the completely unique sound heard on the album recording. Live, Ed would use the Boss Dr Sample(below) to trigger samples of those sounds.

    Also used in a similar way during the recording of All I Need, though in this case used to create subtle sounds heard throughout the song.

    An image of the Ed’s Autoharp from Plank’s blog.

    An image from the recording of All I Need, with the Autoharp visible to Ed’s right as he messes with effects. Source.

 BOSS Dr Sample SP303

     Used for live performances of 15 Step, from the original touring until 2012, when Ed began using has Timeline for the part. Ed uses the unit to trigger samples of the original Autoharp recordings heard during that song.

 Multi Guiro

     Used live on Idioteque in 2001.


     Used live on Reckoner.

    Ed playing his Tambourine. Source.

 Drums (Snare and cymbal?)

     In 2001, Radiohead performed the song Pearly at a few shows. For those performances, Ed would sit just behind and to the right of Phil and play drums. These performances were possibly the first time Radiohead experimented with multiple drummers(though Ed may have played drums on Pearly in 1997), but it would certainly not be the last.

 Tom Drums

     Premier brand Toms. Played on live performances of “There There”, where Greenwood, guitarist/percussionist Ed O’Brien, and drummer Phil Selway all play drums.


 ProMark Drumsticks

     Considering that Ed has(in 2012) a ProMark drumstick holder attached to his Toms stand used for There There, it is likely that he uses these sticks.