The EBow dramatically increases the guitar signal. Lower the volume and treble settings on your guitar, especially when first learning EBow technique. The EBow works best with the bass pickup (the one nearest the fretboard). All other pickups should be off. If your bass pickup is closer than 1/8 inch from the strings, it should be lowered just enough to avoid contact with the EBow foot. We recommend you use the standard mode to develop some basic technique on the center strings (ADGB) before proceeding to the outside E strings.