EBow review by Heet Sound

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.5 (13 votes)
Heet Sound: EBow

Price paid: $ 79.99

Purchased from: Alto Music Middletown NY

Sound — 10
I play an american series strat from Fender through Fender tube amps and a Marshall combo amp. The effect is amazing. I wanted to get the "Stand Inside Your Love" solo sound from the Smashing Pumpkins and I got it almost effortlessly. It takes some practicing to be able to manipulate the sound, but once you get it its incredible. I have the plus model which includes a harmonizing mode which is really amazing.

Overall Impression — 9
I play '70s/'90s rock and it is a great Tool to shape sounds. The thing will let you emulate harmonica, horns and woodwinds (and if you follow the instructions it is very easy to actually get those sounds). This is definately a highly suggested buy for any guitarist looking for texture.

Reliability & Durability — 9
The body is made of plastic and felt skimpy out of the box. However, put the battery in and it becomes a hell of a lot sturdier. Id use it without a backup. It's more of a toy then anything. Seems sturdy enough for my uses. I've seen guitarists throw them to the ground after use and they seem to have to problems.

Ease of Use — 7
I put in a battery, turned it on, held it to the strings and was amazed. The manual tells how to get it to work then basically tells you to go bananas and experiment. Its easy out of the box, but is going to take a hell of a long time to master.

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    It's simple magnetic induction. There is a coil in the eBow, and a little circuit to create an oscillator (like in a synthesizer, probably with a couple of diodes, resistors and capacitors, really simple and probably an off the shelf chip), a battery and a switch. It creates a vibrating magnetic field, and does to your guitar strings what the field coil does to the magnets in your speakers. Makes them vibrate. As long as the battery has juice, you have sustained noise. Works the same way as an electric motor. Magnetic impulse.
    What the hell IS IT? I know what it does, but i dont know exactly what it is or how it works! Blarg