The EBow is a hand-held electronic bow for guitar. This small battery-powered unit replaces the pick in the right hand letting the guitarist mimic strings, horns, and woodwinds with unbelievable sensitivity. The EBow produces a powerful infinite s...
David Gilmour talks about it in an interview with Guitar World Magazine. It appeared on "Take It Back" and "Keep Talking" from the album "The Division Bell." "Are you using an E-bow on "Take It Back"? Yeah! On a Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar that is processed through a Zoom effects box, then directly injected into the board. That' s a pretty bizarre configuration. Well, I guess I experiment more than I think I do! I had a Zoom in my control room one day and I was mucking about with something. Suddenly, I thought I should stick the E-bow on the strings and see what would happen. It sounded great, so we started writing a little duet for the E-bowed acoustic guitar and a keyboard. We never finished the piece, but [keyboardist] Jon Carin decided to sample the E-bowed guitar part. We kept the sample and ended up using it as a loop on "Take It Back," and again on "Keep Talking."more
An "electronic-bow" for guitar. James uses this small hand-held device on many of the Pumpkins songs, usually combined with a digital delay. The way the effect works is that it is placed over the string on the pickup of the guitar and it vibrates the string and keeps the note sounding. The EBow is most easily noticable on "Sinfony", which is entirely EBowed, and on "Stand Inside Your Love".more
Engineer Stuart Hallerman on recording the album *Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version*: 'Some things took me by surprise. After tuning up their guitars and getting a good roar going, it was time to get the first bass and guitar tracks; I walked back to the control room, and they followed me there and sat down and said it was time to roll tape [laughs]. The guitars were being played by EBows out there. Okay, interesting. I hit "record," and that was the bed of the first piece of music. Then they went back to retune their guitars and got the EBows going again and again followed me back into the control room. They said, "All right, that'll be our second track." I thought, "What have I gotten myself into here? This is going to be the most boring week on earth."'more
Brad says he used the EBOW on "This Song Was Meant for You", a song from Conspiracty No. 5. According to Brad, the EBOW is "really cello sounding and melodic". He also says he "kind of got married to the EBOW back then, because it gave him a different texture to apply". Third Day also discusses the EBOW on the audio commentary on the Come Together Tour DVD. You can actually see the EBOW hanging from Brad's microphone stand on the photo which I included. You can have a closer look at the EBOW here.more
Just like the Boomerang III Phrase Sampler the EBow is one of Elliott's most used tools. Whenever I went to one of his concerts he ended up using it. In a private conversation he mentioned that the infinite sustain of the EBow is one of his favorite guitar effects and that he's been experimenting with it ever since he first heard about it (since the late 1970's).more
The EBow is a hand-held electronic bow for guitar. This small battery-powered unit replaces the pick in the right hand letting the guitarist mimic strings, horns, and woodwinds with unbelievable sensitivity. The EBow produces a powerful infinite sustain, rich in harmonics for incredible guitar sounds. Unlike plug-in effects, the Energy Bow does its work on the string itself... Direct String Synthesis™. Infinite Sustain is just the beginning.
Yes this thing is cool for infinite 1 string bowing. But it's dated. Fernandez and Sustainiac have made improvements on the "Infinite Guitar" Sound. Neat, but you can get better features elswhere.
this was given to me by a friend. I still consider it his but it's primarily been in my possession. It takes some practice but provides a great sound you can hear in a lot of records.
A versitile and relatively inexpensive piece of equipment to add to your music toolkit. Great for creating drones, loops, soundscapes and mimicking other instruments e.g. violin.
I use an EBow on Medicine Club's song 'Hear No, Speak No'. The ability to sustain notes, especially when combined with some delay, allows you to create incredible soundscapes which can really fill a venue/recording.
An incredible tool, but I found it very limited. Transitioning between strings was not easy. I recorded one song with it. However, playing it live was awkward and for that reason I started to play with more distortion + compressor to get my notes sustained longer, which did the job. After that, I sold the Ebow. I know people who love using it, maybe it was not right for me.