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RANDALL WARHEAD – DIMEBAG DARRELL GUITAR TONE

November 8, 2019


Hello everyone, it’s Ola Englund,
your favorite most annoying Swede and welcome to my new video featuring this
Randall Warhead amplifier The Warhead is the first signature amplifier
that Dimebag put out together with Randall and before they released the amplifier they weren’t really happy on how it sounded But they released it anyway, which is kind of weird According to some info online, on the internet,
Dimebag only used the warheads for cleans So, he never actually used the distortion for live
or anything like that Later on, Randall put out the X2 amplifier,
which i’m going to demo in another video I have not tried that amplifier,
but I remember when this came out the first time in Sweden, you know, Randall was basically non-existent But when they put out the Warhead, they finally got, like, distribution in Sweden and I was like ‘Oh my god … Oh my god, this not-‘ I could not believe that there would be
a Dimebag amplifier. I’d been trying to find, like, Randalls before,
but it was basically impossible Now, finally, they’re releasing the Warhead and, you know, it’s Dimebag, so it should sound really good And I remember I tried it out and was like
‘yeah, yeah, yeah’ I guess it sounded good, but back in the day,
I wasn’t really that … you know … Woke. And it sounds pretty good, right? Yeah. No. No, it does not sound good. It’s actually being helped out by these three little gentlemen right here I have an MXR 6-band graphic equalizer,
an Ibanez Tube Screamer and a Fortin 33 pedal this is how I came up with the best compromise on trying to get as close to Dimebag as possible Yeah, I tried to use the MXR and the PQ …
this one, the PQ4 … … Equalizer, to get it going like I would on the older Randall amplifiers, but it just didn’t work that well I mean the amp didn’t respond like I wanted it to So, this kind of setup right here is basically … this is Dime’s kind of settings for the 6-band graphic equalizer and then I have this tube screamer
basically dialing down the tone a little bit because I don’t want that modern sounding quack-quack-quack, you know? And then in this one, I’m just … you know,
it’s tightening up the sound a little bit. So this is the sound without the Grind
(the 33 guys, it was the 33 … stupid) Which is kind of thick, but when you engage this
it kind of tightens it up a bit and you have to be really careful, because look Yeah, the amp doesn’t really respond in a good way And this right here is a noise gate, by the way,
a Fortin ZUUL Let’s just plug it in You know, when they launched the amp … you were supposed to be able to just plug in
and it would sound super awesome So, let’s just try that. I have the … this Washburn has
a Seymour Duncan Dimebucker in it. I mean, it should be … it should be good for Dimebag, right? But it has a boost mode as well, so let’s try that Yeah, it’s not really that hot sounding I must say Doesn’t really sound that much like Dimebag, so … I went online to find the manual and I found
these official settings Dime settings, Massive Crunch, Modern settings.
Let’s try it out. Let me take a picture of this real quick,
because I’m an asshole I’m gonna take a picture of my settings right now, because I will not remember how I set it afterwards and it was a pain in the ass to get to this tone at least,
so … Smile. So, let’s try out the Massive Crunch S,o now I have the settings for the Dime Massive Crunch Yeah, sounds like ass. Alright, let’s try
the modern setting. Okay, I think we’re good to go
with the modern setting, guys. Let’s try this. It’s rather scooped, I must say, but let’s plug in all these awesome overdrives and you know, thingamabobs and see how it sounds. Is this on? Everything is on? It’s not too bad, but I mean, you need mids man It’s actually not that bad I must say But I mean, when they launched the amplifier, you were not meant to use overdrives like this into the amplifier It’s supposed to sound, you know, like Dimebag,
but it did not Alright, so let’s go back to my … To my good setting. The Sweep, I set it to minimum and then it’s boosted So it’s like a lot of low mids being boosted, which is kind of like what Dimebag did in a way with all this gear I mean, if there’s something good about this amp
is that it’s so precise and you know, it’s like a tweaker’s nightmare I would say,
because you have too many things to do here which is good and bad I guess but if you would ask like the 15 year old Ola … … I would rather have something simpler. Well, I mean, if you really kind of like dial it in,
it doesn’t sound too bad to be honest But other than that, if you’re not using any overdrives or anything like that, it’s not gonna sound that good … Yeah But I think I made it sound pretty good for my
‘Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit’ cover If you haven’t seen it go click up here I made a cover together with Delta Empire and Mario, like a vocal, guitar and drum and bass cover So check that out if you haven’t already
and also be sure to subscribe to my channel I also have an Instagram, go follow that one Click down here somewhere
and you’ll go do both at the same time It just makes a lot of sense. Alright, thank you so much for spending this awful little afternoon with me and see you next time I’ll drink some coffee

100 Comments

  • Reply Ola Englund June 26, 2018 at 7:45 am

    NOTIFICATION SQUAD WHAT'S UP? If you're not on there, click that notification bell.

  • Reply Rabih Saad September 1, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    The satan coupled with the Boss Metal zone in the return loop in the other video sounded the best so far…

  • Reply Zach Rodgers September 2, 2018 at 8:59 am

    What’s the song he plays at the start

  • Reply James Butterson September 3, 2018 at 4:05 am

    RIP Darrell Dime bag Abbott and BIG VIN 🙏🎸🎶🎵🎼🤘

  • Reply Mike Wilson September 5, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Great amp name wasted on this amp.

  • Reply A.J. Garrett September 7, 2018 at 1:34 am

    How did he put his name on such shit?
    Those official tones were crap.

  • Reply Rays Metal Tracks September 10, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Dime "massive crunch" sounds like massive shit.  Like my clock radio dimed.

  • Reply Hepidema September 15, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Bota legendas em português nos seus vídeos

  • Reply Ricardo Lima September 18, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    This tone may suck as is for Dime, but I see it faring well in a Stoner/Doom metal or rock ensemble.

  • Reply radkins80 September 19, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Modern setting nails Obituary tone

  • Reply Motzer Alles Mist September 19, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Your blue seat is osom !
    Please show the details of the seat !
    Adjustments ?
    Brand ?
    built-in-vibrato ?

  • Reply gregg4164 September 30, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    It is a shame about this amplifier because it is an awesome looking amp. It has a good amount of features that many guitar players of today want and need but they just didnt quite get the tone down on this amp.

  • Reply rich pogel October 3, 2018 at 4:53 am

    PLEEEEEEAAAAAAAASSSSSSE do the Dime Amplification D100 and the Krank Krankenstein soon! Lol I've trying to decide between the two of the for months! Other than manufacturer demos, and horrible audio quality reviews done in bedrooms, I can't find anything to make the decision any easier lol

  • Reply Realms Of Darkness October 3, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    That amp head is absolutely toppling that 2×12…it needs to sit on a 4×12. Or, no, it could sit on a horizontal 2×12.

  • Reply Muh. Moothros Ghalib October 5, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Can you make a video about Dave Suzuki (ex-Vital Remains) Guitar Tone? Please..

  • Reply pililaman97 October 18, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    You need more mids, Dimebag never said hahaha

  • Reply Yokyto Lakaca October 23, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Ola kease

  • Reply Federico Patrizi October 27, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    the tone is right???? or the darrel tone is a little bit high …..boh at my ear your guitar have a blasting sound chordes , right????

  • Reply MrKalashnik0va November 1, 2018 at 9:09 am

    The amp sound like kyuss.

  • Reply Evan Davidson November 2, 2018 at 10:38 am

    0.03 is directly from my life

  • Reply Christopher Jackson November 9, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    This calamity of an amp, and Ola's ensuing creative process to fix it, has led to possibly the snottiest sound I've heard. I'm gonna try my green pedal and joyo 6 band in the same way, into the front of my 6505+112 on the red channel.

  • Reply TheMasonator777 November 13, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    This amp is despair.

  • Reply Dom Lucia November 19, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Intense. What song is associated with the rif at 9:19?

  • Reply Ugc1911 November 25, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Hey Ola , you do all these awesome videos on all the Greatest guitarists ever , I've been really getting into some old Savatage stuff and I think Criss Olivas tone was so one of a kind, idk why he isnt talked more about , Island of sirens ? Hall of mountain King ? Common man do a Savatage tone !!!!!

  • Reply Paola Elizabeth Gramajo November 27, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Hola englund sonido testament….
    🙋🏼?

  • Reply steve dudley November 27, 2018 at 2:34 am

    WHAT IS THE NAME OF THAT OPENING RIFF??? Been stuck in my head for at least an hour and a half. I know the song but I'm spacing so hard on the name

  • Reply Karl Bolick December 9, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    working on a setup for a new equipment setup settings Warhead 2×12, 150 watt , eq settings ? on amp?
    Dean razorback , and dean ml,
    pedal board:
    kliq tuner,mxr 6 channel,modded tube screamer,fortin grind,dime from hell cry baby, and a fortin zull noise gate,

    and reworking amp settings and or fx chain rearrangements, help is appeciated just trying to dial this bitch in better,
    any help is appreciated
    proteus

  • Reply DR440 December 11, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    I had one of these years ago. It was hands down the most unreliable amp I ever owned. I sold the thing AS IS on Ebay and it was one the best decisions I ever made. It was a buzzy sounding mess. It was a fairly expensive amp new but very lacking in build quality…

  • Reply dominic parenti December 15, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    What waste of a good name

  • Reply johnny walker December 25, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    I have a c100. It's about 25 years old. It's awesome.

  • Reply johnny walker December 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Look. I don't understand why anyone believes they can buy an amp head and sound like Darrell being pushed through a massive array of outboard, through his speakers, mics and out through the front of house and floor monitors. Get real.

  • Reply Nerfed Nosferatu December 26, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    That modern setting sounds like obituary

  • Reply Bryan Keith December 30, 2018 at 5:31 am

    I always thought they put the graphic eq in the amp to take the place of his mxr eg. So he wouldn't need the mxr in the signal path.

  • Reply Bryan Keith December 30, 2018 at 5:33 am

    The horse sound while eq'ing the amp was hilarious. Brilliant work young sweed. Brilliant.

  • Reply Frater Simon January 1, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Lol massive crunch

  • Reply Chitkasame Tananankul January 3, 2019 at 9:27 am

    I will call 911 cos you just murder this amp!! *Laugh and tear*. Anyway, good and honest review.

  • Reply Julian Milanesi January 4, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    The thing with this amp is that the parametric eq acted as the PQ4, and the graphic eq was to give the tone the final shape

  • Reply Samuel Tosto January 12, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    You use the distortion channel on this amp in the video I'm guessing right?

  • Reply Dominic Wainaina January 12, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    0:07 what is that riff?

  • Reply Dustin Varner January 13, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    OH MY GOD THE PRESETS HAHAHAHAHA

  • Reply naaate89 January 17, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I had one of the cabs for these back in the day. It honestly made any amp I put behind it sound amazing. After seeing this demo, I'm not sure if it could make the warhead sound amazing.

  • Reply Giggles & Terrors January 24, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Would be cool to see you do a video on the mxr dimebag distortion pedal

  • Reply Steve Griffin February 2, 2019 at 4:41 am

    So i have a poster of Dime during the reinventing the steer tour…. he has 9 warhead amp heads stacked on top of each other….. would this be just for props? Do u know?

  • Reply Hayden Nuñez Castillo February 7, 2019 at 10:27 am

    The modern setting sound likes Dying Fetus

  • Reply Rare Form February 9, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Mike From Austin Texas . Did you buy that guitar from me ? It was sent to Sweden .

  • Reply Tommy Callahan February 15, 2019 at 3:40 am

    I like my budget RG1503 combo better.

  • Reply Buddy Odell March 5, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    I think it's hilarious when you keep your mishaps in the videos. Starts video, pedals take a dive off the warhead 😂

  • Reply spencethegreat38 March 6, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Dude I cannot believe they released it with those example settings in the manual 🤣 embarrassing on Randall’s part

  • Reply Oleg Tkachev March 11, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Man you a hell of a guitar noob send me all this gear you can't play sorry bud

  • Reply Painkiller Kalashnikov March 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Where did you find a warhead? Cannot find them at all

  • Reply David Huizhao Qu March 12, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Ola, could you be able to make a video to compare "Fortin Grind" vs "Fortin 33" vs "Klirrton Lichtbringer" vs "Fortin Blade" vs "Fortin Fuzz" ? thanks a lot.

  • Reply TwinBorn March 14, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Those suggested setting sounds like absolute ass cheeks

  • Reply thinkingjack March 17, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    My friend Tony worked two summer jobs when we were in high school to buy this piece of shit. Then spent another 500 on pedals to make it actually sound ok. Eventually he went to the 2000 pantera show in Phoenix, had Dime sign it and sold it for 1500$ and bought a better amp

  • Reply Alex Brown March 26, 2019 at 7:42 am

    10:36 lmao!!!

  • Reply Ciroc Obama March 26, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    if you like pantera, you like this tone and this amp. stop ragging on it and then saying you like pantera. it makes no sense. if dimebag told you why he used it, I'd imagine you all would shut up and feel dumb. 😂😂😂😂

  • Reply Adrian Marshall March 28, 2019 at 1:31 am

    I'd read somewhere he used these for Reinventing The Steel but idk how accurate that is.

  • Reply Shanard Smith April 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Too much FUZZ

  • Reply Austin Landrum April 10, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    I think this problem is only with the 2nd release versions not the USA builds (power switch on back)  that came out first. Mine if dialed in right (which takes patience to achieve) sounds spot on with dimes tone.

  • Reply Jaycoby Hyde April 11, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    My Warhead is different. The power switch is in the back and the head seems bigger than this one. Hmmm

  • Reply Michel Lieferink April 17, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Cool video man! One question:
    For example you keep the warhead amp and you change the speaker, will it chamge the sound or has the speaker nothing to do with the sound and tone?

  • Reply Scott Winter-Walker April 23, 2019 at 6:16 am

    "God gave Dimebag's tone to you, gave Dimebag's tone you. Put it in you sooul for everyone…"

    Ok, for real now. I don't care how many pedals you need. That tone Is Diamond Darrell squared. Well done!

  • Reply Crowbar1115 April 25, 2019 at 3:51 am

    I went to a shop with EVERY intention of buying the Warhead Full Stack when it first came out…played it for about 2 minutes and left. It's sooo bad.
    Bought a 5150II Half Stack instead.

  • Reply Charles Erkenswick May 14, 2019 at 1:47 am

    That’s a killer tone

  • Reply Rafael Rizzuto May 14, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Dime not only used a 4×12 cab but a 2×15 for that massive low end since the 12’s tend to fart out

  • Reply Krzysztof Wroblewski May 17, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Ola jest The Best
    Jak on te Gitare odstawia wszystko spada zaje…..e

  • Reply Mr. Moonshine May 21, 2019 at 12:10 am

    You got a dud. Check out vainglory's review.

  • Reply Captain Tripps May 28, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Is the warhead better then the diavlo ?

  • Reply Captain Tripps May 28, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Which one would you get of you didnt have the satan ?

  • Reply Isaak Irwan Tobing May 28, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Warhead without those pedals sounds like Benediction or Napalm Death's tone…imo

  • Reply Austin Landrum May 28, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    My first gen warhead sounds nothing like this. At all. It’s gotta be a problem with the Chinese made Warheads.

  • Reply austinfailz June 5, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Holy shit. 3 boosts AND a fucking high output pickup just to get that tone?

  • Reply jhmcwha June 17, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    What happened with this amp? Why would they release it like that?

  • Reply YONA! Siahaan June 17, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Why should always be the tone of Dimebag?

  • Reply Steven Christopher June 22, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Please tell me where i can get my hands on these washburn dime guitars.

  • Reply Paul Kline June 26, 2019 at 12:54 am

    I so wanted this amp when they first released it. So glad I didn't. Sounds like Ass!!

  • Reply Linux4UnMe June 28, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    The Warhead sounded great on DamagePlan's "Save Me" music video…. assuming he REALLY recorded it with the warhead… who knows… His earlier SS tone with the RG head and equalizers / doublers was the classic dimebag tone we all remember most!

  • Reply TimetoShred July 4, 2019 at 10:41 am

    It's bad 😀

  • Reply Pier Luigi Fiorini July 8, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Oook I have found one used and won't buy it, thanks for the review 🙂

  • Reply Dimebag Darrel0001 July 28, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Rip dimebag and vinnie

  • Reply Dimebag Darrel0001 July 28, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Rip dimebag and vinnie

  • Reply austinfailz August 1, 2019 at 8:17 am

    I must've hit the back arrow 15 times to see the pedals fall over at the beginning of the video.

  • Reply Decepticon Prime August 2, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Wow, The amplitube 4 Version of this amp sounds a LOT better.

  • Reply Aren Barthel August 3, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    0:02 NOT THE PEDAL

  • Reply Kevin Sanchez August 9, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    ola, how are you? How many times did you see Pantera ?

  • Reply Papa Kralle August 15, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Ohne die Pedale klingt der Amp nach allem, nur nicht nach Dimebag. Und auch nicht so als das ich ihn mir jetzt unbedingt kaufen müsste.

  • Reply carlos37y August 18, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    6:24 boss metal zone sound

  • Reply DeadShred65 August 22, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    I find it Hard to believe that Dime would put his name on this thing . Sounds like junk without OLA's pedal help ?? I will never buy one that's for sure my Yamaha or Blackstar amps are 100 times better !

  • Reply Stuntman D29 September 1, 2019 at 7:53 am

    I would have been soooo pissed if I would have bought this amp and got it home only to sound like a Line6 Spider.

  • Reply B. Scott Farthingsworth September 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Yesterday dont mean shit, awesome

  • Reply Ian Carroll September 12, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    actually sounds legit

  • Reply Bruno Girardello September 15, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    This is the best metal sound any mortal can get. Live long Dimebag the one and only Metal Guitar GOD

  • Reply Salus Corpas September 15, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    La afinación es 442, 440 ?

  • Reply Cody Caravella September 19, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Ola , what speakers are you using in your 2×12 that you're always using? just wondering

  • Reply Red Forman September 21, 2019 at 7:58 am

    I died at the beginning xD

  • Reply [Insert Meme] October 6, 2019 at 3:33 am

    I wanna hear master of puppets with that beautiful tone

  • Reply Brian G October 21, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    By itself it sounds like a bass amp with muddy distortion…

  • Reply Freaky Nomad October 23, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Do Bullet for my valentine guitar tone.

  • Reply Wonpyo Kim October 26, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Sound from hell

  • Reply Joseph Robbie November 3, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Trying to find a x2 where to look

  • Reply DIN DRONE November 5, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Have you played a Randall VMax. I just found one for cheap and would love to see you run through it as they are pretty tough to come by these days and there is almost no info on them anywhere. Thinking amp slamming pedals into it to play doom drone Metal. Any info would be hugely appreciated!

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