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  posted on 12/8/2008 at 12:44 PM
I would appreciate any feedback (no pun intended) from anyone who may have used an Ebow and what their impressions of it are. Thanks.
 
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  posted on 12/8/2008 at 12:45 PM
what is an Ebow?
 

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  posted on 12/8/2008 at 12:49 PM








 

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  posted on 12/8/2008 at 12:54 PM
BIG COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know the 80s Scottish band BIG COUNTRY used Ebows extensively. Not being a musician, I was (and still not) sure what they were. But a listen to their classic album "THE CROSSING" I figured it was the wailing guitars with the high sound. If you look at the musician credits on the LP, Ebows are listed as instruments played.

By the way, "THE CROSSING" is one of my favorite albums of the early 80s. While many bands were concerned with image, synthesizers and bad hair, Big Country was making great guitar rock, with a Scottish accent. "In A Big Country" "Fields of Fire" "The Storm" "Harvest Home" "1000 Stars" are lost classics. My favorite track of all from the album is "Inwards," a real catchy tune that will get stuck in your head for weeks.

They won the Best New Group Grammy, but could not really gain a solid following in the US. Too bad, they might have been bigger than U2. Their fate was sealed due to the untimely death of frontman Stuart Adamson.

[Edited on 12/8/2008 by BarrySmith]

 

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  posted on 12/8/2008 at 01:02 PM
I thought this said elbow and I was trying to figure out how that would work.
 

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  posted on 12/8/2008 at 01:07 PM
I have the original one. It works very well once you get the hang of it. Moving from string to string can be
tricky until you get the hang of it.

There is a new version that has an overdrive setting. I have floor pedals for that.

The lastest craze is to put a sustainic pickup in the guitar body itself. The first guy I saw use an ebow
now (Adrian Belew) has the sustainic in his Parker Fly Artist model. A lot of inventive players are using the sustainiac.

Robert Fripp, Reeves Gabriels.


http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/FlyABvxAS

Ross Childress Original Lead Guitarist of Collective Soul used the ebow very effectively as well.

I have a tape of samples on it. I'll send ya a copy IF I can find in the mess I call a music room!


I like it because you can get a wide variety of sounds and harmonics by adjusting the postion
relative to the pickup and adjusting the volume and tone controls on the guitar. Very groovy gizmo.




[Edited on 12/8/2008 by spacemonkey]

 

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  posted on 12/8/2008 at 01:51 PM
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BIG COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know the 80s Scottish band BIG COUNTRY used Ebows extensively. Not being a musician, I was (and still not) sure what they were. But a listen to their classic album "THE CROSSING" I figured it was the wailing guitars with the high sound. If you look at the musician credits on the LP, Ebows are listed as instruments played.

By the way, "THE CROSSING" is one of my favorite albums of the early 80s. While many bands were concerned with image, synthesizers and bad hair, Big Country was making great guitar rock, with a Scottish accent. "In A Big Country" "Fields of Fire" "The Storm" "Harvest Home" "1000 Stars" are lost classics. My favorite track of all from the album is "Inwards," a real catchy tune that will get stuck in your head for weeks.

They won the Best New Group Grammy, but could not really gain a solid following in the US. Too bad, they might have been bigger than U2. Their fate was sealed due to the untimely death of frontman Stuart Adamson.

[Edited on 12/8/2008 by BarrySmith]


You beat me to it. Lot's of ebow used in their very recognisable band sound. I love their
debut "The Crossing" and the follow-up "SteelTown". I liked U2 in the Eighties but prefered the early releases of "Big Country" and "The Alarm" much more. Both bands were awesome live too.

 

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  posted on 12/8/2008 at 07:06 PM
I appreciate the responses so far.

 

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  posted on 12/8/2008 at 07:22 PM
I used one for some psychedelic effects in a blues trio. It was difficult to switch from pick to e-bow and I dropped the e-bow. That toasted it. The plastic casing was not damaged but inside it is wired like a pick-up with lots of thin wire wrapped around. The drop caused the wire inside to break and my repair guy (who is very good) said it would not be worth fixing because of the labour cost. I recently bought another one and my plan is to use it with a thumb pick so that I can still hold the e-bow well and put it down and still have access to the "pick".
 
 


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