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.
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We love the EBow. It's one of those things from the '70s that we never really know how the guitarist got that tone. So we bought one and it's all over the albums.
I also like the sound you get when you turn the tone control for minimum highs. The thing that's appealed to me most about the E-Bow is how nuanced it can be. You can really develop some very refined techniques with it, like pushing very gently down on the string to get some "mechanical distortion."
Marc played a Coral Electric Sitar on “Ballad of Urgency” and uses an EBow for the very first time on “Gone,” nailing it on the first take. “I know the guitar,” growls Marc, “and some little gadget isn’t going to be that scary. Your first instinct is always your best.”
In the studio I use a lot of E-Bow. I used it for things like vocal reinforcement on Superstar Carwash, like "Close Your Eyes" and "On the Lie." I also did a thing where I plugged the guitar into a Leslie and played notes with an E-Bow. Then I went back and did another track and played the second note of a cord. I built cords that way, and punched components of each cord in and out. It sounded a lot like an organ. I love the sound of Leslies, but it's hard to use that shit live.
Johnny Rzeznik / Goo Goo Dolls
"I used the E Bow on quite a few [tracks]. I really found it incredibly useful.They were on ‘Tonight You Belong To Me’; on the melodic line from the front of the heavy section, it’s not a keyboard, it’s the E Bows"
Paul Stanley / Kiss
An effect I've been trying to get for a long time. It's amazing.
Probably the most underrated special effect for a guitarist.
The most expressive guitar synthesizer on the market.
We've used EBow on both electric guitars and fretless bass, always with great results.
The EBow gets the kind of sustain that the guitar normally wouldn't produce. I like the texture of the EBow sound.
I think it really shines on fretless.
It's like having a pick of a different color.
What I like most is its sheer expressiveness.
I've been using one of these little buggers for...hmmm...could it be over 20 years?!? Anyway, when I go to gigs I still double-check to make sure it's in the guitar case, right next to the replacement strings. I use it to make rude sounds as well as do the sustained note thang.