Hail the mighty EBow!

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by snarkle, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. snarkle

    snarkle Member

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    Just played the first two shows with my new project, and have something mildly amusing to report. Our stage set-up is a vintage/boutique gear-fan's delight: I'm playing a 1920s Kona Hawaiian, a 1994 National Tricone, and a Flaxwood CC Custom into a 1962 Fender Deluxe; the other string-player's using a Santa Cruz 12-fret dreadnought, a 1920s Martin 0-17, and an 1890s SS Stewart banjo. Yet after each gig, all anyone wants to ask us about is the EBow that I use on the Tricone. (A wonderfully spooky sound, by the way.)

    It seems odd that more people, especially guitarists, haven't heard one in action. Anyone else notice this?
     
  2. Overdriver18

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    I don't know. I assumed that everyone who listens to Radiohead knew about them. I don't like the Ebow for my personal use, but other people make 'em sound cool.
     
  3. kludge

    kludge The droid you're looking for

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    I love my EBow. I've built entire compositions around it.
     
  4. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    They've heard it, they just haven't seen it. Definitely a conversation piece!
     
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    I dig the ebow when utilized well, we actually just cut a track using one for a melodic line doubling a backing vocal and it did that job wonderfully
     
  6. Muse FTW

    Muse FTW Senior Member

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    I definitely want to try one out...
     
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    It definitely is a head-turning accessory. I love mine. I use it with a really long delay + tons of modulated reverb for an awesome droning pad.
     
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    i always get people asking me about the ebow and my lead player. its pretty freakin' hilarious, esp when they've been in the music industry recording/playing big venues for 30 years and they're wondering what that little blue light is.....
     
  9. snarkle

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    Nice to see so many EBow fans here. I actually have three...an original chrome model that at this point I've been using for 30 years (yikes!) and two black-with-red-light examples from the 1990s.

    Sometimes I'll set all three of them up on a table steel and just mess with drones, filtering, and delay...great fun!
     
  10. cvansickle

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    I have one, but I haven't used it for a loooooooong time! I guess I better get it out this weekend.
     
  11. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    mine, too, are still in constant use,
    but primarily for recording.....
    Hail the Mighty Ebow!

    i wish i hadn't lost my last (red script) one, though.....
    i have 2 (later) replacements: yellow, and white.

    dt / spltrcl
     
  12. snarkle

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    I've never tried the "upgraded" EBow...does it offer any significant improvement in sound or functionality?

    And until starting this thread, I'd never looked at the EBow website. So I went over there this morning, learned a couple of things, and had a laugh or two:

    http://www.ebow.com/home.php
     
  13. Tbone135

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    I love my Ebow, but I don't use it much these days. It is so distracting that it takes attention away from the song, and I always get asked about it. I just do without usually and ride the volume pedal.
     
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    I once recorded my Taylor acoustic 12 string with my E bow.It sounded pretty cool.I called it "Too Toned to Pluck".I have no idea what happened to that cassete.:bonk
     
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    Same here. I have one but hardly ever use it. It often feels kinda gimmicky to me. :hide2
    Nevertheless, I like to have one so I can pick it up when I feel like it.
     
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    I used it for a while playing "Ramble On." I can't remember what else I may have used it on, but it was fun to just noodle with!
     
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    I had one and loved it but some douche canoe stole it of off my mic stand on set break at a bar gig.
     
  18. 94prs22

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    I love the ebow and have a half a dozen. I keep spares of the older ones in case one breaks. I used them regularly for recording as they are a great way to make backing textures and melody and harmony lines that stand apart a bit. I currently have 2 chromes, 2 red scripts, 1 white script and 1 ebow +. And yes, the models all absolutely sound different especially in their drive strength/harmonic content and the speed with which the string drive happens.
     
  19. Fenderkid67

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    ebows are great, as will any effect when used too much become a gimmick but we all know that lol
     
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    I love it on acoustic.

     

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