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Re: EBow - active/passive humbuckers

I remember clearly Kim's diatribes against the ebow on this list-even 
mentioned it @ one or two of the Y2Ks that he 'abhorred that contraption'

-----Original Message-----
>From: Charles Zwicky <cazwicky@earthlink.net>
>Sent: Nov 5, 2013 7:34 PM
>To: stanitarium@earthlink.net, Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>Subject: 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 
>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:
>>>>>   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