Great versatility for guitar - live or studio
By: daveparis.com from Cedar Rapids, IA, USA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
If my first Ebow lasted over 20 years, this one should as well. It's a solid piece of equipment that has been around for generations & has the same construction & appears to be better wiring than my last one.
How has it stood up over time?
I had my first Ebow for 20 years, this new one is generally built the same, & the battery cables (what finally pulled out on my first one) are better lined within the device.
Your general opinion of this product.
I got an ebow for a graduation present over 20 years ago & it has lasted until recently when the battery cables finally came loose. I've used it for a couple recordings over the years to obtain a sustain without having picking breaks, and to mimic synth strings and feeback. I use it live on my song "The Author of Fate" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_NKdpHDhxM) & find that times where you want feedback sustain, dropping this into a recording is essential. It may start a little hard to use & figure out as you find the best "sweet spot" & attack for your guitars, but this is almost like learning a new instrument. The latest version of the Ebow features the harmonic setting, which my old one didn't have. This adds more dimension to the effect & your playing, & allows for some great sustain effects. As someone who uses wah, talkbox, and acoustic guitars in my music, the Ebow is another great addition to my palette and sound.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Using an Ebow is awkward, holding the device on the strings as opposed to holding a pick. I have trouble using the Ebow on the high E or low E/outside strings because there's nothing to balance on. Finding the "sweet spot" on the guitars is tricky, & changing strings is tough. But if you're used to picking, it's a very foreign approach. This isn't like stepping on a stomp box & changing some knobs, it's like learning a new instrument. You're trying to "bow" the strings & it's a challenge, but it really enhances your sound & playability.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Tone is up to you, just about anything is obtainable if you're willing to work with it. The included CD with .mp3's, web lessons, and instructions really help to understand the instrument. Again, you can hear/see mine being used live at youtube.com/gtrdayve on my song "The Author of Fate".
How did the stain or paint job look?
My first EBow was black, & pictures the last few years have shown them as white. The new one came black, it's not bad being black, & the construction is the same. However, I wish I could have gotten the white plastic version, because the black one doesn't show up on stage as well! When grabbing it in stage lights...& more importantly...having it seen from stage so the audience can say "what's that thing he's using on his guitar" it makes it a little harder to see on the stage! But music isn't about the visual presentation, right?
How was the action out of the box?
Like I'd said, the new version has a higher sensitivity and response, & produces a greater output.