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Re: EBow - active/passive humbuckers

I'm glad KimFlint isn't around for this discourse

-----Original Message-----
>From: Charles Zwicky <cazwicky@earthlink.net>
>Sent: Nov 5, 2013 6:00 PM
>To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>Subject: Re: EBow - active/passive humbuckers
>I'm trying to dispel some of the voodoo and misapprehensions about 
>the ebow.  The ebow will create a "noisy buzz" whenever it's output 
>coil is near a pickup, any pickup.  EMG pickups have very few 
>windings and are more sensitive to high frequencies so you might hear 
>more of the harmonics produced by the ebow's feeble amplifier 
>-Chuck Zwicky
>At 12:28 AM +0100 11/6/13, Per Boysen wrote:
>>Thanks for the link, Jeff - seems to be a good e-bow resource page.
>>Both guitars I use with e-bow are fretless and this means very close
>>action, so probably the low-strings-inefficiency of the e-bow you have
>>noticed is an issue here.
>>Good points about magnets, Charles! But even though the guitar pickups
>>do not affect the e-bow they just happen to be placed at the point
>>where the e-bow best drives the strings. And with the EMG a noisy buzz
>>is created by the e-bow's magnetic field when placed right over the
>>pickup. This guitar is not only fretless but also set up for tapping,
>>which means not only ultra low action but also as close distance
>>between pickup and strings as possible. Given the e-bow hum this is an
>>unlucky combination. On some rainy day I may try one of my Alumitone
>>pickups on that guitar, since they do not produce noise when the e-bow
>>goes close.
>>Greetings from Sweden
>>Per Boysen
>>On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM, Jeff Duke <jeffloops@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>  I have used an E-Bow on many guitars but not EMG active specifically. 
>>> I have
>>>  found that if the pickup you are using is very close to the string it 
>>> can
>>>  take more energy to get it moving. Also if you move the EBow over the 
>>> pup it
>>>  will get much louder. Sometimes for some strings I will press down on 
>>> the
>>>  ebow to get a faster reaction. Also this may help:
>>>  http://www.ebow.com/faq_page.php?id=13
>>>  peace out, Jeff
>>>  On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM, Per Boysen <perboysen@gmail.com> 
>>> wrote:
>>>>  I like to sometimes use an E-Bow with guitars and I don't think it
>>>>  brings strings into vibration as well on a guitar with an active EMG
>>>>  pickup, compared to a guitar with a normal passive humbucker. Is this
>>>>  a known phenomenon, e-bow less efficient with active pups?
>>>>  It's not an issue for five strings, only for the thinnest. The
>>>>  thinnest string I have to tap or pull a pull-off on (ha, ha!) to kick
>>>>  it off and then have the e-bow take over.
>>>>  Greetings from Sweden
>>>>  Per Boysen
>>>>  www.perboysen.com
>>>>  http://www.youtube.com/perboysen