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MACHINE HEAD GUITAR TONE & GEAR – Peavey 5150 and EMG81

November 1, 2019


What’s up everyone? I’m Ola Englund
and welcome to my new video! F***in hell, who calls at this hour? No. Hello guys, I’m Ola Englund and today I’m trying to … Don’t call me again, okay? Good. What’s up everyone? I’m Ola Englund and today
we’re taking a look at the rig of ‘Machin’ Head Machine head Machin What … ? Why did I say ‘machin’? Machine Head of course! Machine Head was one of my favorite bands
during the 90s The first time I heard Davidian
I was completely blown away with how brutal it was and it’s still one of my favorite tracks of theirs and
even though songwise I love Burn My Eyes the best the album after, The More Things Change,
has a totally crushing guitar tone Today I’m looking back on those albums and trying
to see if I can get the same type of sound or tone Both albums produced and mixed by Colin Richardson and The More Things Change even has Andy Sneap helping out on it and being an avid follower of the Andy Sneap forum back in the day I learned what exact gear was used on that album Burn My Eyes is a little bit more hard to find info about but it was said that Rob used an Ibanez RG with
EMG 81 pickup, into a Boss SD1 pedal Into a modded Peavey 5150 F*** For The More Things Change album,
they used a tube screamer That modded 5150 into a Marshall with V30 speakers and also, like so many other 90’s albums, there’s a chorus going on on the rhythm guitars F***in hell. Stop that shit. Shut the f*ck up already! Turn everything off, idiot. Okay, we’re back, awesome. Now, I personally always had a problem with
Peavey 5150 and EMG pickups because I always thought they sound like shit
when I play through them And whenever I hear someone else playing them,
I love the tone but the minute I plug it in they sound like shit It’s the curse of my picking technique
and my finger tone I guess So, this video is not only about achieving the
Machin Head … Machine Head’s guitar tone But also to face my biggest enemies when it comes
to gear: the 5150 and the EMG 81. So, in this demo I’m using a Solar A1.6 Artist loaded
with an EMG 81 pickup Into an Ibanez TS9 tube screamer, into a regular Peavey 5150, into my Hesu 2×12 cabinet with Demon Speakers and i’m micing it all up with a Beyerdynamic M160 So, obviously I do not have a modded 5150, but let’s just see how close I can get anyway Also, I’m just hoping that this won’t sound like shit like I usually do with this amp and pickup combo, so let’s go. So, the settings I have right now are the same settings
I used for my Davidian cover video If you haven’t seen it already, link up here, okay? and something I recognized when I compared
the album sound to the sound I was getting Is that the overall album sounds have
so much less mids going on You know, that honking “Ngruhngruh” sound
around 800 to 1000 Hz Usually that appears when you add a classic overdrive like this one, and you dime the tone knob. I don’t know what they did, but maybe they modded the amps so the mids wouldn’t respond the same. I don’t know. The way I set it up for the Davidian cover was basically trying to dial in the tone, the tone knob
of the tube screamer And respond with scooping the mids on the amplifier And that’s how I kind of came to the conclusion
to use this sound So, the resulting sound is this. I think it sounds pretty close and I actually think
it sounds pretty awesome and my finger tone does not totally suck. If you try to play together with the songs on
Burn My Eyes with your guitar it seems like it’s always slightly out of tune
with the official tuning of the song You know, it seems like it’s always slightly off
to the standard tuning they probably tuned to something else, you know, rather than 440 hertz as a reference just like Pantera tuned using 445 hertz as a reference Anyway, Davidian is tuned somewhere in between drop C and drop B, not sure why. But this guitar is in that range, so … I like this sound a lot, it’s awesome. Okay, let me see.
Can I play another Machine Head song? Okay, I’m gonna shit a little bit … Okay, what song? Oh, yeah, I know one.
I want some more gain to help me out, okay? Okay, I got it Yeah, i think it sounds really good actually Okay, so here it is without the tube screamer. Still chunky and you know … saturated. And the tube screamer Just gives it a extra little push, that’s just so small. Such a small little push that goes, you know,
just like this to the sound Oh, if you’re wondering why the amp is really quiet it’s because I have a Fortin ZUUL noise gate back here with a really short patch cable So it’s … Oh, there it is. Look, it’s very short, so … hanging in there, okay? Okay. There you have it. I must say this sounds pretty f***ing good to be honest This particular EMG 81 is an old one and yeah I think it sounds a lot better than, you know, a lot of the newer ones I’ve tried as of late And yeah, maybe that’s the reason why I think
it sounds good this time, I’m not sure. Anyway, I hope you liked this video. If you haven’t already, check out my Davidian cover.
I’ll link it up here again. Okay? If you liked this video, please subscribe to my channel If there’s another artist that you want me
to make a video like this for leave a comment in the comment section Thank you so much for watching, see you next time.

100 Comments

  • Reply Ola Englund May 22, 2018 at 9:13 am

    SUBSCRIBE!

  • Reply Tyler McCrackerJacker February 7, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Too bad they are libtards and suck now

  • Reply Roy Benavidez February 9, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Your just missing the Boss Super chorus. I know this cause I've seen there rig.

  • Reply Szab S. February 10, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Bro, no offence, but you fail playing these riffs properly and besides you are completely out of tempo. Why don't you practise more, before you upload a video like this?

  • Reply Prog Pogs February 11, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Dude my neighbor would shoot me if I played a half stack in my apartment. How do you get away with apartment life while doing this?

  • Reply mr kaidir February 11, 2019 at 10:41 am

    micheal romeo symphony x ola

  • Reply SebsTheXeno February 11, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Why does the input section of your amp say the Swedish word for tits

  • Reply Custom X February 13, 2019 at 2:16 am

    I heard from a reasonably credible source that the 5150 in question was modded by Todd Langner here in the Bay Area. Langner worked at ADA for a while. Allegedly, Langner had a big part to play creating the ADA MP-1. Then he started modded amps, then briefly came out with his own line of amps. Awesome stuff too!

  • Reply Anderson Gonçalves February 16, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Good songs, Man I Love Machine Head .

  • Reply Dillon Watson February 16, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Dude, I’m pretty sure that was canning Tatum and rob halford, not at all the two dudes you named that mixed and produced machine heads first two records

  • Reply Awall 327 February 18, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    6:05 I remember Rob Flynn saying the tune like 50 cents below Drop B because it's some kind of "harmonic sweet spot"
    that they found.

  • Reply Richard Paulus February 26, 2019 at 2:13 am

    They play in between drop b/c with baritone guitars so you can get the low growl and maintain the crunch without getting too muddy

  • Reply Dominic Santino March 6, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    guess this is full circle I discovered machine head from your cover of old

  • Reply Mitch Jarvis March 22, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Colin Richardson lmfao got better with age I see.

  • Reply American Hammers TV March 22, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Why don’t you bring on / interview Andy Sneap or Colin Richardson? Ask them…

  • Reply Bill Shaw March 24, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    My 6505+ head has no way near that much gain with the pre set at 2 or 3 like ola has it , I had to go to 5 to get close , all I have working for a of pedal is a boss sd1 , I even cranked both level and gain to try to get the gain up

  • Reply Gary Simmons March 27, 2019 at 10:31 am

    too fizzy

  • Reply Stuart Lilley March 29, 2019 at 6:31 am

    ola, u make me laugh mate.

  • Reply Daniel Borg April 2, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Hahaha love the bröst (boobs) sticker on the amp

  • Reply Rob King April 2, 2019 at 10:32 am

    They also blended a line 6 using the Big Bottom setting blended with the 5150..

  • Reply Alex Fournel April 4, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Hey Ola! Don't know if you will see this comment but I want to help you with EMG81 played through a peavey 5150/6505… I found that if you stick to the rhythm channel when using a tube screamer the amp is a bit more tamed. My settings go bright on pre gain 5-8(using as little as possible) depending on the wood… Low 5-6 mid 4 high 5 with tubescreamer gain 0 tone 5-6(again depends on wood) level max( boost helps with the muddyness) good luck love your videos

  • Reply Tora April 8, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    hey dude…pls do justice for all guitar sound….pls

  • Reply Nick Rooney April 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Ola,
    Can you please talk about (and possibly demo) how chorus was used on 90s metal records?

    Thanks!
    Nick – California

  • Reply tenntonn hammer April 10, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    How about some Fear Factory, up through the 4th album

  • Reply Lenny Dodson April 11, 2019 at 5:35 am

    The tone without the tube screamer is heavy man!!!!

  • Reply Allan K Jensen April 12, 2019 at 8:01 am

    They ran everything through a Metal Zone in the final mix 🙂 and thats a fact 🙂

  • Reply Mikko Tolonen April 12, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Nice but still a bit too much middle 😉

  • Reply Zombie Revolverheld April 13, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    The phone going off isn't funny, just annoying as hell. Get on with it.

  • Reply Howie S April 14, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Fat chunky tone from your setup as a drummer can’t even begin to describe how I have yearned to jam with someone like you – informed down to earth kooky sense of humor and obsessed with technique and tone Thanks Ola Bravo & Cheers 🛒

  • Reply Duane Anderson April 15, 2019 at 11:18 am

    more fun !

  • Reply Allan K Jensen April 16, 2019 at 7:42 am

    how do you tune like machine head does on "Burn My Eyes" i cant figure it out 🙁

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  • Reply Simon Hooper April 17, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Without modding a 5150 it will always sound a bit thin & fizzy. There are 2 mods, the 1st is the Bias mod, the 2nd is the transformer mod.
    The 5150/6505 are a fixed bias amp, the bias mod adds in a bias adjust dial, so you can manually bias the tubes. Usually you bias them slightly hotter than stock & this kills the fizziness & thin tone & helps the bottom end & mids as well. It is also better for the tubes & the amp to run then slightly hotter rather than slightly colder 😉
    The transformer mod, is switching to mercury magnetics transformers. This improves the entire tone overall by cleaning up a lot of noise & external magnetic & radio wave interference, hum & hiss etc.
    Both of these mods are very noticeable once you put something like a tubescreamer in front of the amp. They tend to make the amp work with the T.S rather than against it.
    Also it depends if the T.S is stock or modded or a sym, asym, series, parallel gain structure.
    Another trick is to run the emg off 2 9v batteries at 18v, it completely changes its tone. When I ran emg I had a switch so I could switch between 9v & 18v. Handy in the studio.
    Hope this helps.

  • Reply Jrock1331 April 17, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Yes they tune slightly off from 440

  • Reply jimicrack29 thibodeaux April 17, 2019 at 2:31 am

    what do you think of the relish guitar. check it out . seems cool if can invest to buy it

  • Reply Putrid Abomination April 22, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    The tone sounds fantastic m/

  • Reply Javier Santana April 22, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Peavey's with dialed down highs sound fucking awesome.

  • Reply juan rogel rodriguez April 24, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Holaaa!!,eres muuu
    tonto Ola!!

  • Reply juan rogel rodriguez April 24, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    tu actitud me refiero
    muy de niño youtuber

  • Reply Maximiliano Caballero April 28, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Vogg's tone from Decapitated , please!🙏 can you explain it?
    Lots of thanks!!!
    I like MH tone too!
    Great job Ola

  • Reply MrMethadrine April 29, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    awful tone

  • Reply Jim Masino May 1, 2019 at 8:35 am

    I thought you meant Deep Purple.

  • Reply Unax Larreta May 1, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    I'm waiting for the trivium tone⏲️

  • Reply Phillip Coker May 3, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Theres a Robb Flynn video somewhere that says they tune slightly flat because the harmonics are clearer. Im sure theres science or theory behind that.

  • Reply вячеслав надежин May 4, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    бля кресло как будто в космос собрался , уебещно

  • Reply farbercasteel May 5, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Wonder if you could do a review on the Peavey Ultra 60 / 120. His Hero is Gone (pre- Tragedy) used them on their late 90s European Tour and had a crushing tone, their first two 12"s also have.

  • Reply dEAdpain May 9, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Ola …Which Mic Preamp was used?? Thanks

  • Reply The 21st Century Gamer May 9, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    I think you nailed the guitar tone you were going for!

  • Reply Slappy Moto May 21, 2019 at 7:08 am

    "So Ola how do you like the tone?
    Ola 6:41

  • Reply CotierW May 22, 2019 at 1:22 am

    If you watch live videos of Machine Head from 92/ 93, you can see that RF uses a Charvel Model 6 guitar, with a Marshall Silver Jubilee 100 watt head. I'm not even sure that he did use a 5150 to record their first album. it might not have been until after the album was recorded and he and Logan got some kind of endorsement deal, that they used the 5150 on tour. In the very early days of Machine Head, they used Marshall.

  • Reply Jstall7543 June 3, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Sounds really close!

  • Reply Jon Brown June 4, 2019 at 2:18 am

    u rock man

  • Reply troeteimarsch June 9, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    post eq is the key to 5150-use without being EVH

  • Reply Berkay Akdag June 16, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Ola and emg? omg something happening

  • Reply Jose Reyes June 23, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Hey Ola, big fan of yours. Don’t know if you have done this or if I just totally missed for some strange reason, but I want to know if you can a Deftones gear and tone video. Thanks a bunch 🤘🏼

  • Reply Lil_Pemsi Official June 24, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    I don’t think he realizes he’s literally playing a metalhead guitarists wet dream and he’s just like “ehh”

  • Reply Rizky Daulay June 26, 2019 at 3:01 am

    can u do gear of meshuggah ???

  • Reply Damián Gallego June 26, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Wait a minute, this isn’t Deep Purple’s!

  • Reply Doug Cook June 26, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I hope you're using a 25k pot for the 81

  • Reply Phantom Loco productions June 29, 2019 at 2:50 am

    An interesting one to review would be the guitar tone on Electric Wizard's "Dopethrone".

  • Reply Ali Desch July 5, 2019 at 3:39 am

    This may seem like an odd request, but how about the tone from White Zombie's 'La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1'. That album has a dry, almost thin tone, that somehow is really appealing to me.

  • Reply MrMetalManMe July 6, 2019 at 10:51 am

    They used a metal zone pedal on the first album and it went through all the guitars, some of the vocals and drums too. They mention it on one of their new videos.
    But that sounds fuckin awesome 🤘

  • Reply Patrick Shannon July 9, 2019 at 5:05 am

    I like that guitar is that a schecter

  • Reply Nacho Frostman July 10, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    I had WhatsApp wen in another window while watching this video… totally trolled me

  • Reply Lance West July 16, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    What tubes are you using in this 5150?

  • Reply Peter Destroyer July 17, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    5150!!THE BEAST!!!!

  • Reply yoe91 July 19, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    0:25 freudian slip MatchineHead because you're subconsciously thinking "matcho man" as you picture Davidian in your mind.

  • Reply Lance West July 20, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    My 5150 sound nothing like this this one has so much aggression

  • Reply Berkay Akdag July 25, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Ola says I can't make emgs sound good but actually he makes them sound better than the duncan solar pickups XD

  • Reply Jeremy Rock August 6, 2019 at 3:54 am

    👍👍👍

  • Reply J R August 8, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Matsheen Head ! XD

  • Reply Bristolpa August 12, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Ola always plays the same riff. Ha

  • Reply Thibaud Vasseur August 12, 2019 at 9:56 am

    One of my favorite video

  • Reply InGrindWeCrust2010 August 18, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress flanger
    https://www.guitarworld.com/gw-archive/dear-guitar-hero-robb-flynn-and-phil-demmel-machine-head

  • Reply Jorge035 August 26, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Using a marshall 1960 cabinet makes the Peavey sound like a beast

  • Reply Road Rash HD August 29, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I think those albums were recording on tape. And tape IPS (inches per second) would have fucked with the tuning,if they were not right,there for making the tuning sound off

  • Reply Gaspar -Animal- Ribeiro August 30, 2019 at 10:43 am

    "I'm just hoping that this one sounds like shit"

    *has a killer guitar tone*

  • Reply terry lumpkin September 3, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    That is so awesome 🤘🤘🎸🎸🎸

  • Reply Orkhan Julfa September 16, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    I liked it without TS. Really. Sounds more clear and enough tight for metal. Just need a pinch of amps own gain and decreasing a little bit of bass.
    By the way. Your picking is great. Even too great for this EMG+TS+5150 combo .This combo is good for players with sloppy technique 😀

  • Reply Fred Herbert September 18, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    What was this Peavey mod?

  • Reply GideoN September 20, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    was that Channing Tatum?

  • Reply Stephen Owens September 21, 2019 at 3:26 am

    I loaned some of my gear to Machine Head for the album "The More things change" , they werent happy with there guitar sound at the time, and Colin Richardson had just recorded our band(Dearly Beheaded-Chamber of One) so i drove up after work to Parr street studios in Liverpool. I loaned them my 5150 modded with groove tubes, and Marshall cab and my guitar, a Patrick Eggle iommi with Emg 81 pickups, dont know if they used my gear on the record or not, but its nice to think that they did! Great stuff Ola- You Rock!

  • Reply Jay Bird September 21, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Sounds killa dude👍

  • Reply Rafael Silva September 25, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Man, little help here: I have a 6262 head (which in my opinion sounds pretty close to the 5150) that I'm planning to use to record with my band. I would say that the tone I'd like to get would be closer to this one, withou that "shrill" sound at the end cutting off the ears, therefore, I'd like to cut off the mids a little bit. Would that work the same way if I use the presence control instead of the TS tone like you did? BTW, did you add any gain to the TS as well?

  • Reply Caleb Heney September 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    I'm just a love machine.

  • Reply Sargent Butternut September 27, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    I know what he means by tuning being off. I thought I was just broken that day. trippy.

  • Reply Doctor Too-Much September 29, 2019 at 1:36 am

    machete dont shred

  • Reply Jorge Sanchez Mata September 30, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Oh Man that sound is awesome

  • Reply Mozeby October 2, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Gotta run an eq thru the effects loop. Totally changes the sound into a thick ass monster.

  • Reply Bryce VanHoosen October 9, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    I’m fairly certain the mod on the 5150 was just a bias mod so they could run the power section slightly hotter. Also fairly certain they use the green channel.

  • Reply Jamie Middleby Drums October 10, 2019 at 8:58 am

    I read the old tube screamers are different & way better than the new version. Is that correct?

  • Reply bloodmoney80 October 12, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Machine Head guitar tone on the first two albums is about the only good thing about machine head.

  • Reply Luçifer Forçe October 13, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Emgz sounds killer even without an overdrive wth
    Stop using solar pickups man they sounds like shit

  • Reply Przemek Janczak October 14, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    👍

  • Reply Nomad2001 October 23, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Machine head always tune 40 cents up.

  • Reply Brian Wachter October 30, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    I think Ola gets basically the same sound no matter what gear he's got going. Mark of a great guitarist.

  • Reply Александр Берёзов October 31, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Colin Richardson and Channing Tatum have very similar faces

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