Hi all,
I was playing my newly acquired bass through a small amp and for about 10mins everything was fine.

I put the guitar done for 10s and it made a snot particularly loud noise for 3s and then nothing... the amp works fine with my other guitars... the battery was placed in it 2 days ago.....any ideas?
Have you tried it in another amp since? You weren't playing through a guitar amp were you? Tried a different cable? Replace the battery anyway, they're cheap. You didn't leave it plugged in for ages? Go through all the basic common sense troubleshooting things and get back to us.
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