The Ebow (short for electronic bow) is one of my favorite guitar effects. I’ve used one for years and nearly every time I use it people will ask me “what was that thing?!”
How it works:
The Ebow utilizes a 9v battery that creates a magnetic field which vibrates the string allowing you to get notes that will sustain endlessly. There are two “rails” on the outer edges of the Ebow that rest on the strings on either side of the string you want to play, so you can smoothly and easily move the Ebow back and forth closer and further away from the guitar pickup.
By doing this you can achieve sounds similar to a violin, use it as an ambient effect, use it for solos, and more. Check out www.ebow.com for more in depth information and demonstrations on the Ebow.
For a fairly lengthy list of musicians and songs which use the Ebow check out Ebow’s Artists page.
Also, check out my other video for more on playing techniques with the Ebow and also some effects that I like to use with the Ebow.