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The small battery-powered unit replaces the pick in the right hand letting the guitarist mimic strings, horns, and woodwinds with unbelievable sensitivity. The EBow produces a powerful infinite sustain, rich in harmonics for incredible guitar sounds.
Its a nice toy to play strange licks on one string.
Its a bit "tricky" to use, for instance its hard to jump from one string to another and doing so will mainly results in getting annoying squeaky noises from the hard plastic of the ebow sliding and rubbing on the adjacent strings while moving from one string to another.
It doesnt work very well on the treble E string which is a big too THIN for being set into motion by the ebow.
Also, the ebow produces annoying noises when moving above a pickup, so its best to use it between pickups.
It is practically impossible to play a chord using the ebow ... you cant hover it up and down and expect to set the strings into motion ... the ebow would then be too far from the strings.
The best use is to develop your playing and phrasing on one single string for a complete solo or a pattern.
It can come somewhat close to the technique of instruments like sitars where long phrases are often developed on one single string while going up and down the neck of the instrument.
So, dont expect to be playing the same stuff as what you usually play with standard guitar technique.
I looked through several videos on YouTube with successfull using of Ebow onbass and tried it myself. It sounds great on light strings and is very useful for producing ambient loops, especially with delay and other sound mod pedals. But it may be a bit tricky for operation on bass due to heavy strings and slow acceleration, so it takes certain time to master this little buddy.
If youre a professional guitar player and you do not Ebow, its time to buy! You can simulate a variety of interesting sounds. From flutes to violins. Like especially to those guitarists who play ambient music! Battery lasts for a long time. I recommend!
A must have for Post rock and other kinds of dramatic noisy rock. If youd like to purchase an Ebow, make sure you buy the Ebow Plus. This one allowes you to chose between normal or harmonic sound. I borrowed one of my uncle and I loved it right away, after that I bought one.
The ebow is a must have piece of equipment for any guitarist interested in atmospheric sounds, soundscapes and some other kinds of music. Its easy and fun to use and allows for a high variety of unique high and low toned sounds and harmonics. Very good.
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