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Noirie.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:50 pm    Post subject: EBow Reply with quote


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Redpill me on Ebows.

Kinda want one if can make those sounds with one. What's a good secondhand price for one?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I REALLY wanted to like mine, but it insisted on playing an octave note on every string I ever played it on (on several guitars).

TC Electronic have started doing their own version called the Aeon, might give one a go.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also wanted to like it but got bored pretty quickly
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was hoping they'd be a shittier £20 copy or something.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a cheap guitar with a sustainer pickup
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Noirie. wrote:
Was hoping they'd be a shittier £20 copy or something.


I know what you mean.
However, a bow is probably the most efficient and better sounding option.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dezb1 wrote:
Also wanted to like it but got bored pretty quickly

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has its place, be it out in front as in the OP, or for more textural effects.

I for one am not very fond of mine, but use it in place of synth work when a glissando can be a more tasteful alternative. Tucked one in from around 3:00 on while covering a SF59 tune a few months back:


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Along the lines of what Nick mentioned, a cheap Burny LP or Fernandes with built-in factory sustainer could easily be a better investment (or a colossal waste) if you like the concept and need it on tap, in place of a normal neck pickup. James Iha's dreamy To Who Knows Where has a sustainer guitar played all over the chorus and instrumental sections.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ultratwin wrote:
Tucked one in from around 3:00 on while covering a SF59 tune a few months back:


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Nice work.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really wanted mine to change the way I play, but I don't use it enough to get properly good on it.

I year back I set myself a challenge of only using an ebow and my fretless guitar. I soon gave up and stuck with cheesy pentatonic blues instead.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickS wrote:

Nice work.


Thanks a bunch, NickS. Truth be told, my vox sounded so bad in the verses that I decided to Bill Shatner them out at the last moment, and then just wing it by overproducing the rest of the arrangement... which sure enough led to the EBow as well. Original track and album that the original is from is quite a mellow Tom Petty-like affair among much more noisy SF59 tracks in the catalog, and so doing something altogether more cinematic and lush was a load of fun.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I quite like mine, but don't use it as often as I thought I would. There are three issues I have with it: the string vibration and resulting volume is higher than what you get from picking normally, it does the "octave up" thing that Benecol mentioned (the newer ones have a "standard" and "octave up" mode on the power switch, which confuses matters further) on lower strings, and it's less effective on the high E.

I've not heard about he TC Aeon though, so I'll check it out after my next payday and report back. It's slightly cheaper for one thing. Going on what I just googled, it doesn't look as if it would sit as snugly in the hand as an Ebow does, and the reviews I've read say that it doesn't work too well on the high E. Which is similar to my own experiences with an Ebow, so I guess that it's a quirk of the technology. Thinner strings have less mass for the magnetic induction magick to work on, maybe?

The Aeon also makes me wonder what copyright is on electromagnetic string drivers, and whether the Ebow patent is on the shape of the thing rather than the underlying tech or the "hand-held" application. That would explain the shape of the Aeon and the fact that Fernandes have been fitting "sustainer" pickups for years. Anyone know?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have heard bad stuff about the TC Aeon. Apparently that “dead spot” thing that eBows can do on the high E happens everywhere all the time, its overall a bit underpowered compared to an eBow and not as ergonomic in use.
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