Using the Ebow

Links updated 08.18.08


Since Christmas 2004 our worship team has been using this little device and we’re just scratching the surface. Our current ‘team’ consists of three musicians playing two acoustic guitars, percussion, clarinet, and lead vocal. Because we are limited, it’s nice to have some variations using the Ebow. The sustain created by the Ebow brings a fullness and helps to round out our ‘sound’. Be sure to stop by the Official Ebow Site for more information and personal EBow lessons.

How It Works

Welcome to the world of Direct String Synthesis. The principal is simple: a focused feedback loop directed at a single string. This produces a powerful, infinite sustain, rich in harmonics for incredible guitar sounds. It’s like amplifier feedback with greater control and predictability, at any volume, even through headphones. This hand-held synthesizer provides an amazing variety of textures and tonal slurs – virtually an instrument in itself!

Direct String Synthesis

A synthesizer in the palm of your hand. Complete control over attack, decay and dynamics , as well as a whole new range of tones and textures, makes the EBow one of the most expressive tools ever designed for guitar. Whether sweeping smoothly from voice to voice or jumping from sound to sound, this device is responsive and personal enough to reflect your playing style.

Player’s Guide

The EBow now comes with a complete Player’s Guide booklet and detailed cassette lesson by EBow virtuoso Lenny Walker. How does he get those sounds? Now, Lenny shares his secrets in this feature- packed personal EBow lesson…by the master of EBow technique.
It’s been called the most revolutionary development in guitar technology since Leo Fender electrified the instrument in 1948. But we call it… just plain fun.



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2 responses to “Using the Ebow

  1. I love my ebow…it is so fun.

  2. hey Joel, nice to see you here…

    Yep, LOVE that Ebow! “Fun” is just the beginning.

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