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ebow anybody?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by RockStar571, Jan 19, 2002.

  1. ok i love the sound of an ebow on a guitar has anyone tried it on a bass? does it have enough of a charge to work o a bass? i've never tried it but i think it would sound cool
  2. KB

    KB Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I tried one a while back at Mars and it was OK, neat sound but it took a little bit for it to get the heavy strings going. You had to kind of pluck the strings first to get the vibrations going. To me it ended up being more trouble than it was worth. You could get some nice swells, but maybe ebow needs to make a more powerful "bass" model :D

  3. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    Somehow, Manring manages to use 2 simultaneously, but I can barely get 1 going on bass. It would be nice if they had a model that fits onto the bass strings better. I cracked mine out of it's casing and am trying to mount it somehow on my fingertip, thought it might be easier to manipulate that way. So far, not.
  4. I use an ebow a lot.

    The band I'm in does an 'open jam' every Monday and there are times when someone will come up on stage to recite some poetry. We will try to add some sound textures in the background if they want us to. The ebow works great for this kind of stuff. I will also often times use the ebow on slower, more open songs to give it a more 'string' like sound. You can also get some neat sounds with an ebow and an envelope filter.

    It does take a bit of practice to get the strings to 'ring' efficiently. It's also a bit tricky as the grooves on the ebow are made with guitar spacing and are basically useless on the bass. The one tip I got from reading some of Michael Manring's stuff that has been very beneficial is keep a fresh battery in it.

    He wrote an artical for BassPlayer magazine on the ebow that had a few tips that were really hepful. I'm not sure what month it was but you may be able to get some information at the BassPlayer magazine website. He also was asked the question when he was one of the pros here on talkbass with Steve Lawson. They both give a couple hints at this link:


    Here's the link to BassPlayer


    Here's a link to Michael Manring's website


    And Steve Lawson

  5. Does anyone know how it works? I'm guessing from beginning level physics that the e-bow reads what frequency the string is vibrating at and tunes itself to the same frequency and creates a harmonic that in theory enables the string to vibrate forever. Kind of like how I like to tune my bass, I get the E right and fret the G and when the G-string starts vibrating it's tuned right. Good if you can't really hear the bass (mostly unplugged).
  6. I don't think it actually reads the frequency. From what I've gathered it's an electronic current that gets the string to vibrate on it's own.
  7. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    they don't give away too many trade secrets there, but there's a little info...
  8. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I think it's nothing more than an alternating electro magnate, like what you'd find in a fish tank pump.

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