#1
I've never tried it, anyone wants to share his/her experiences with it ? it looks really cool... for those who don't know, it's kind of a magnetic field generator that you hold like a pick, it's supposed to make your strings sound like a mix between a violin and a synth..
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#2
I have one, and it's fun for layering over loops and whatnot, but otherwise it's just a toy.
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#3
They're fun to mess around with, but you can do about two worthwhile things with it, both of which are almost completely useless in the context of a song.
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useful if you play prog rock and ambient music.
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It's far from useless.
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Just about every post rock band has used one at some point in their lives. They're good if you know how to use them, if you don't spend a lot of time with them they can become generic/useless.

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#11
Overpriced, but definately neat. I love mine but don't use it very often at all. You can get a lot of different sounds out of it, but it really does take a lot of practice to become an expresive player with it, and on top of that you have to be pretty imaginative to find ways to incorporate it into songs as more than a novelty.

You'll want a guitar with normal string spacing and a humbucker in the neck position, you can use it on other things, but it's much more of a pain in the ass.
#12
Ed O'Brien of Radiohead uses one on My Iron Lung in the beginning to make some cool sounds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JUlCU04p94 here he is using it. It sounds pretty cool to me.
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They're fun to mess around with, but you can do about two worthwhile things with it, both of which are almost completely useless in the context of a song.

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Just work on your vibrato and save 100$.


But they don't really vibrato...
#16
i use my ebow for ambient jamming and cool synth sounds in my worship band, so I end up using it several days out of the week. for me, it was a worthwhile buy. i recommend you borrow one from a friend before burning $100.
#17
It's really fun to play with..!
I really didn't have a chance to do much else with it; but Whammy pedal+chorus+Ebow..
Its cool.
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#19
It's a cool toy to have. I listen to a lot of Sigur Ros and it's the best I can get to that Cello Bow sound.
#20
I use mine as a toy and mess around with it when I hit a musical writer's block. I also use it on more ambient songs, but it's mostly used as a toy.
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Well what it does isn't exactly a vibrato, its more like minimising your attack to swell and then giving you infinite sustain.

It takes a lot of practice to use, and even then the people I know who have one use it for fun rather than incorporating it into their songs extensively.

Its also useful if you play lots of sweeps, appregios and legatos.
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#22
I've seen Andy Timmons use them live on several tracks captured on the new release from Christian rocker Curtis Stephen (NOT Christian rocker Stephen Curtis Chapman).

They're not toys, at least not in his hands.

OTOH, an Ebow may take more practice than most people want to devote to something so specialized to get good enough with it for it to even seem to be more than a toy.

(I still want one, even though I suck. )
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OTOH, an Ebow may take more practice than most people want to devote to something so specialized to get good enough with it for it to even seem to be more than a toy.

(I still want one, even though I suck. )


You do realise that you'd need to have mastered the technique in question [e.g. sweeping] then go and learn how to use the ebow on top of that technique right?

Its personally too much effort for me. Though I must admit that those who have mastered it immediately jack their coolness rating on that technique up ten-fold.
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You do realise that you'd need to have mastered the technique in question [e.g. sweeping] then go and learn how to use the ebow on top of that technique right?


Nope- I didn't realize that.

(I still want one. )

Actually, from what I understand, that is but one way of using the thing. AT seemed to use it for generating these landscapes of sound without any pick attack, but they weren't necessarily full of varied notes. Some were more like the stuff you'd hear from Robert Fripp when he's doing his "frippertronics" stuff. I'm sure most prog artists who use it would do likewise.
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Nope- I didn't realize that.

(I still want one. )

Actually, from what I understand, that is but one way of using the thing. AT seemed to use it for generating these landscapes of sound without any pick attack, but they weren't necessarily full of varied notes. Some were more like the stuff you'd hear from Robert Fripp when he's doing his "frippertronics" stuff. I'm sure most prog artists who use it would do likewise.


Yes that is true, it is but one way of using it.

However, I was thinking the same thing about "varied landscape of sounds", but you need to try the thing. In theory and on paper it sounds so awesome. However its not quite like a pick (i.e. hit a string and it makes a sound), you kinda have to move it around to get it to work, kinda something like a pinch harmonic, you need to use it just right to get it to vibrate. Plus the frequncies aren't like uber strong, vibrato tooo vigoursly and the strings mute out.

All in all I found it isn't so easy to use, but that's just me. It was on my GAS list, but after a trial I wasn't so keen on it.
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#26
Yeah, I got ya! If nothing else, you're going to need good fretting hand technique to get any real value out of it.

It boils down to this- if you have the cash to blow, are just jonesing for one, or are obsessive enough a guitarist to master the thing, go ahead.

Otherwise...you're probably better off buying something else...like a HiWatt Theramin pedal!
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#27
Buy a real bow.
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#30
I recently saw one for under $100 at Guitar Center of all places. If I hadn't already been buying a couple of expensive pedals...
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#32
I own an EBOW and I use it to record individual notes then overdub into a chord and it sounds very unique the way I do it, but it takes some practice to change notes fluently, but I manage to do it.
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