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E=Bow Request

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by amosjones, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. amosjones


    Dec 28, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    I have never used one, but I think it would work well in the songs I play from time to time. Does anyone have one I can borrow/rent for a few weeks before I purchase to make sure I make sure it is a wise purchase?
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Yep, Guitar Center. You've got 30 days to mess with it...
  3. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    you can probably test one at guitar center

    they're fun but useless to me.. michael manring does a lot of cool stuff with one, though
  4. DagoMaino


    Feb 1, 2013
    +10 if their going to squash the little guys with walmart marketing then we have a duty to use their policies to our advantage!
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  6. DagoMaino


    Feb 1, 2013
    They are a fun tool... more usable on guitar IME... for bass you can just use a volume pedal to generate some string swells that are more effective and controllable.
  7. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

    Nov 14, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Yeah, I haven't had much luck myself on a 4-string. I don't know if the unit doesn't provide enough power to move the larger strings, or that it's just difficult to get it into a position that vibrates the strings, or what, but it doesn't really work for me.

    It kills on a Bass VI, though.

    Volume pedals work for swells, or if you want something more automated, you might try a Slow Gear-type of pedal. Mooer makes one (Slow Engine), so does VFE (Bumblebee and Bumblebee Jr.) and Malekko (A.D.), and there's even a cheapo Behringer if you just want to see if it works.
  8. DagoMaino


    Feb 1, 2013
    Agreed, even with the ebow on a C string you will probably still want to couple it with a volume pedal for good results. Unless it is a wide open part of the arrangement, it can be tricky to hear the ebow start resonating the string in a full band setting... an attack pedal is a really good way to go!
  9. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    I've never had a problem getting an eBow to "move the larger strings" but it definitely can be a chore to get it into the right position. I think Heet Industries or whoever makes it these days could sell a few more units if they offered a Bass eBow that was identical to the current model but was designed around 17mm string spacing (and then made a 19mm model also).

    OT: if you ever want to have a crapton of fun, gather as many eBows as you can borrow and get inside a grand piano.
  10. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

    Nov 14, 2012
    Boston, MA
    That sounds like the perfect ending to a great party or the perfect start to a great orgy.
  11. amosjones


    Dec 28, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Crapton of fun, sounds like an epic band name
  12. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    Michael Manring uses super light gauge strings and has mastered the quick movement and sort of "pre-vibration" of the string that helps the E-bow do its thing. Without a lot of practice or writing parts around the quirks of the tool I think it might be a pretty frustrating thing to depend on for most of us non-virtuosos!
  13. K2000


    Nov 16, 2005
    Like anything else, I would assume it requires practice.
  14. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    "pre-vibration" isn't that hard, nor mysterious. A light hammer-on, or vibrato-like wiggling of the string is enough to get it started.
  15. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I have spent some time E-bowing my bass. The most important part is placement with respect to the magnets of the pick up. when I get it just right it doesn't need any help creating a nice feedback loop. What is difficult to do on the bass as opposed to guitar is to rapidly switch strings. once you get one string going you can fret up-and-down that string and maintain a nice feedback loop. When you switch strings it usually takes a second or so for the next string to get going.
  16. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    like this?
  17. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA

    I wasn't claiming it to be either, but it does require a degree of subtlety that might be tough for less than subtle players (like myself and most bassists I know). I was just trying to point out that it is harder than someone like Manring makes it look!
  18. godspeed68

    godspeed68 i like music. a lot. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    i've been using the same e-bow on my bass since 2001. jump in and have fun!!!
  19. Yup, I've been using an e-bow for a while now and I highly recommend buying one - fantastic fun, especially with a fretless.
  20. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    IMO, a delay is essential withan ebow.
  21. Oneirogenic


    Nov 10, 2009
    A volume pedal, delay and/or reverb effects, good string spacing, and a fretless bass are what I recommend for maximum E-bow function. Practicing technique is very important too and not easy at first.

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