#1
If Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Coheed and Cambria and all these Led Zeppelin cover bands can recreate Jimmy Page's Violin Bowing technique (I think someone else did it before him as ive read)

What would I need to/have to do to be able to bow my electric guitar?
(Given that I already have a bow)

From what I've researched Jimmy Page has a special curved bridge.
But some UGers here were able to do it by simply restringing the guitar
in a special manner.

As for the Cover Bands, Radio Head, and "C&C"
I am not aware of their bridge as all the videos i see are them doing a quick bow
solo then going back to playing normally.

Any help is appreciated, Thank you for your time
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#2
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If Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Coheed and Cambria and all these Led Zeppelin cover bands can recreate Jimmy Page's Violin Bowing technique (I think someone else did it before him as ive read)


holy shiit! i thought i was one of the only ones who listens to sigur ros....wow

sorry though i actually dont know how to do it
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#3
The guy at my local shop is actually the "God of the Bowed Guitar". He actuallly made a website about it. You need a special type of guitar to do it properly. Bows cost like $30, so unless you're serious, you should buy an Ebow or something. He said you can do simple Page stuff on it with a bow and a mildly modified guitar, but to actually make it sound clear, you need a Guitar Viol, togaman Makes them.
http://bowedguitar.com/
http://www.jonathanwilsondesigns.com/
http://www.togamanguitars.com/
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#4
^ Well isn't an E-Bow more expensive than $30 lol?

Although since I know nothing about violin bows I have no idea which is ultimately the cheaper option: I'm just saying.
#5
Let me rephrase, a cheap bow is $40.
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#6
When I saw C+C (with A7X) he tried to do the violin bow trick, couldn't get it to work so he threw the bow in anger haha. Don't forget to learn up on violin bows, how to properly apply rosen, proper tightness of the bow, angle of attack, pressure etc. It can be tricky on the non-wound strings.

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#7
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It can be tricky on the non-wound strings


i would imagine it would the wound ones that would give you trouble. the texturing of them would shred the hairs to pieces, and restringing the bow can take weeks. if you were going to modify your guitar to do this, flatwound strings would be a definite "must-have".

and i would advise against cheaping-out on the bow. good ones are sometimes troublesome and very delicate (especially violin bows). decent ones will probably be over $100.
#8
I was referring to actually getting a sound out of the strings. It's easy with the wound strings, but the rosen is obviously needed for the others, but a good point on shredding the hairs. It's not horrible, but they will wear it down quicker. Then again, I've only messed around, not done anything long term so it may wear quicker than I think. All the artists mentioned can afford to have them restrung so they're obviously not worried

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Let me rephrase, a cheap bow is $40.


Aha, gotcha. I figured that must be the problem.
#11
£10 for a cheap bow here.....

Get rosin, apply rosin and cover pickups with cotton wool ( like Jonsi does from Sigur Ros ) as I've heard that it can mess with your pickups.

Get a bow that'll give you the reach you need. Cello bow = big, violin bow = small.

If you don't want to spend money on the special bridge you could always raise the height of the strings by getting a blank nut and filing down the outside strings most, and the center ones least. This would allow single strings to be played too.
#12
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If you don't want to spend money on the special bridge


Where can I even find a "special bridge"?
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