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Re: EBow - active/passive humbuckers

Why would you say that? Kim seemed to have a good grasp of technology (for a musician!!), and a great intuitive sense for things he didn't understand intellectually. He'd love to learn how things work...

On the other hand:


At 6:26 PM -0800 11/5/13, <stanitarium@earthlink.net> wrote:
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:

  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