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Discussion in 'Ask Steve Lawson & Michael Manring' started by ceremony74, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. ceremony74

    ceremony74

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    inspired by videos from manring & lawson on the web, i decided to buy an e-bow.

    i know it is not made specifically for bass, but i maybe there are some workarounds to help me use it.

    first, what about strings? usually my gauge is .45, is it too heavy for the ebow?

    second, is it a good idea to mod the ebow so i can increase its output and make it stronger to vibrate the bass strings properly?

    any other advice?
  2. Michael Manring

    Michael Manring TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

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    I find I'm able to get what I'm looking for from the Ebow without any modifications and the ones I use are right out of the box. Although I suppose it works a bit faster on light gauge strings, I've had good results with all the strings I've tried, including hefty B strings. As with any technique, I think understanding and sensitivity are very helpful. I try to align the Ebow as carefully as I can in every angle and along the length of the string to get the sound I want. Once you get the hang of it, it really is a lot of fun. Good luck!
  3. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

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    just to echo what Michael said, I've never felt the need to modify an eBow to make it do what I need it to do.

    It's a whole new technique, much like playing slide or learning to play with a pick, and I find that I'm still developing greater facility with it 16 years after first starting to use one. It's not a 'trick' that you can add in to your arsenal in a week or, or an effect.. it takes a while to understanding the sensitivity of it, and what your fretting hand needs to be doing to help shape the sound.

    Good luck - it'd definitely time well spent! :)

    Steve
    www.stevelawson.net
  4. jibreel

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    Is there a specific ebow model that is best for bass ? Thanks !!

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