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Pirhanha Guitar Bow Review
Well, the Pirhanha bow invention designed specifically for guitars that
mentioned in the
"Re: bows for guitars" thread came in the mail today and I was able
put it through it's
paces on a 12 string acoustic steel string guitar.
Because of it's size I could not get long bowing techniques (like dragging
cello bow across
the E string of an electric guitar) but I was able to get some really
rhythmic things out of it. Additionally, it did beautiful things to the
harmonics of the guitar
depending on where I bowed it, physically.
I was also delighted by some of the very ethereal sounds I was able to
by bowing very, very lightly.
I got some very magical sounds out of some very simple chordal
patterns.........really ethereal sounds
that I"ve never gotten out of this particular guitar ( a 12 string
Hummingbird copy that sounds rather nice).
I have yet to try it on electric. It didn't seem to have enough muster
use on bass. I tried it on
my Turner acoustic electric fretless without much good result and my
P-J custom bass, again,
without much good effect.
Tomorrow when I have some time, I"ll put it through it's paces on
bowed psaltery, autoharp,
oud, saz and even hammer dulcimer. I imagine it will sound great.
I also noticed that it seems really durable, unlike most horse hair bows
which get trashed over time
when bowing a guitar.
All in all, it sounds completely different than I anticipated but I was
pleased with what I discovered it can
do that I"m very, very happy to have spent $30 USD on it.
Warning, it really takes some coordination to get something musical out
it, but after half an hour I was
able to do all kinds of things, espeicially in the rhythmic
world..........and it really sounded 'bowed'.
Now, if they would just make a larger one for bass guitar.