One of the most interesting devices to come along for guitarists and bass guitarists is the Ebow. It’s a small handheld device that you hold just above your guitar string. The Ebow causes the string to vibrate using magnetic energy which gived the effect of a bowed cello string. It’s really an amazing little device and it’s been used on a lot of recordings over the years. The Ebow Plus is an updated version of the classic Ebow. The Ebow Plus gets the strings moving a lot easier than the old Ebow which required you to pick the string to get it moving.
It’s easy to confuse the sound of an Ebow with the sound of a synthesizer. Since the Ebow gives you unlimited sustain it’s really fun to use while playing guitar solo’s. You can also layer various parts to create an extremely unique soundscape. It’s an easy way to record an orchestral part using only your guitar to play the parts. The Ebow will also work with the Bass Guitar. The Ebow is quite small and very easy to take with you to gigs. The Ebow is a Live Musician Central recommended product and is available in the Live Musician Central Store.
The best way to experience a product online is with a little demo. So here’s a video of famous guitarist Phil Keaggy demonstrating his EBow with a stirring rendition of Amazing Grace, among other little snippets of excellent guitar playing. I’ve also included a video of the Ebow being used on a bass guitar. Every guitar and bass player should have the incredible Ebow in their collection.
Phil Keaggy “Amazing Grace” Ebow Demonstration
Ebow On Bass Guitar