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Thread: Violin bow!

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    Registered User GtrvVampyre's Avatar
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    Violin bow!

    Ok, i have always loved it when Jimmy Page used the violin bow on his guitar. I really have wanted to try this but i have a bad time finding cheap bows and i was wondering if there was more you had to get or do than just getting a bow. Do you have to use resin or not? I know you can only play the bottom and top or all the string at once since the guitar isnt angled like a violin has its strings. Has anyone tried this tech or does this or a bassis? I'd really like some info ^.^. Thanks alot

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    i'm thinking of doing this as well. my mom's a violin player so there you have it. one thing i know is that if you buy a bow, buy some resin as well, it makes the hair on the bow smoother.

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    I would consider this more of an effect, but if you wanna try it...
    Page used to put resin onto the bow, and he said that that was a pain in the neck... he said it messed up the strings.
    I dunno though =)
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    I have 2 electrics and i may just use the bow and resin on one of them and keep the other one clean. I'v looked into learning violin so i know about the whole resin deal and how you have to put alot on and stuff. I originally wanted to learn violin but the people said i''d most likely have to get a tutor so i wouldnt get any bad habbits and that i'd need a good violin and i dont have the kind of money for a real good one.

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    I used to play violin.

    One thing I can tell you about resin: it comes off the bow and gets onto the instrument. It gets all over the instrument in a sticky white powder. Also, it has a distinct odor. I never liked the scent of rosin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GtrvVampyre
    I know you can only play the bottom and top or all the string at once since the guitar isnt angled like a violin has its strings.
    Unless the "you" is Jimmy Page, in which case he did set his (LP "#1") bridge to make every string bow-accessible... but I couldn't infer conclusively from the reference whether that meant just adjusting the little screws, or actually taking the bridge off and whacking it with a hammer or something.

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    The resin is a reason I'll never use a bow. It's an uncomfortable thing to get allover your hands and stuff. It sticks to the strings which probably does no good for proper resonance of the strings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeppenwolf
    Unless the "you" is Jimmy Page, in which case he did set his (LP "#1") bridge to make every string bow-accessible... but I couldn't infer conclusively from the reference whether that meant just adjusting the little screws, or actually taking the bridge off and whacking it with a hammer or something.

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    Actually the videos iv seen of him playing it, i think he has it angles some but when you listen he only plays all the string at once, the lower ones or the higher ones. I never hear him play the ones in the middle and i havnt ever seen his guitar with a bridge that is -Heavily- angled, i know he did have a custom bridge on it tho.

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    I'm not sure what kind of bridge you have but I noticed if you lower the low e and the high e you can access the a and b strings but resin is a nasty little thing to work with.

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    Since you are using the bow on a guitar MUST you use resin? I think i remeber hearing someone saying they couldnt get any sound outa if unless they had resin.

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