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Question about using a bow

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by brutalmetalguy, Nov 25, 2003.

  1. I was simply wondering if you had to have flat-wound strings to get a good sound from a bow on an electric bass.

    Thanks to anyone who helps. I am grateful.
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Well, first of all, you'd have to have flatwounds because roundwounds would tear the crap out of the hair on a bow.

    More importantly, electric basses don't have the radius to the strings to effectively bow all 4 strings.
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The rosin will mess up your strings and bass.
  4. I was looking for a wierd, kind of eery effect to use in an intro for a song my band is writing.

    Thank you for your help...

    Do you happen to have any suggestions that would help me get the kind of effect I am looking for?
  5. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    You could try a volume swell - turn your volume knob all the way down, then hit the note and gradually bring it up.

    Try this with a bit of reverb and you might be able to get a poor man's bow sound.
  6. Haha. Thanks again, man. You guys are great.
  7. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Or get an ebow.
  8. What is an Ebow?
  9. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    It's a handheld device that creates a varying magnetic field using a 9V battery. Hold it over your strings and you can get volume swells and infinite sustain effects.
  10. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  11. Oh. Wow... Thanks guys. I think I'll try one.
  12. Schwinn


    Dec 4, 2002
    Sarasota, FL
    wow...the Jimmy Page of bass :D Good Luck!