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And the question is:

When the batteries run out, what happens?

Do they behave like passive pickups, or just 'die'?
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#2
They have far to low output to function like passives.

They 'die'.

However, you get hundreds of hours of batterylife, so just swap the battery every 6 months or so and before big shows if you want to be careful .Should be able to go a year fine on a single battery though.
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its a good thing i opened this thread, im getting a schecter deluxe 5 next week and i would be pissed if it died and i didn know why
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emgs have a battery life of 3000 hours i believe. so switching the battery every 6 months or so or before big shows would be good. i personally wouldnt worry about, just switch it out on your birthday and half-birthday if you'd like. oh, i knew a guy who would switch them out after every show, which is a little redundant
#5
Average battery life on active pickups is 3000 hours, and the battery wont be used unless you plug a cord in your bass.

And you'll notice when the battery runs out =p
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I almost a thread about this the other day, cause I left the cable in my bass over night, but I'm really glad this thread was made.
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Average battery life on active pickups is 3000 hours, and the battery wont be used unless you plug a cord in your bass.

And you'll notice when the battery runs out =p

...i'm going to go take the cable out of my bass now.
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On most active basses, you can hear when the batteries start to die. You will start to lose tone quality and then it will sound will distort and then fade, then die.

And always have a spare battery in your case and if you have a big show, change it before the show. Batteries can be variable in their shelf life and you don't want it dying mid-performance.
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I almost a thread about this the other day, cause I left the cable in my bass over night, but I'm really glad this thread was made.


Yeah, anything that uses a battery - bass, pedal, whatever - don't leave your cable in it when you're not using it. I even take mine out of my pedals when we're ahving a lull at practice.

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You don't have to be a big Nazi with it or anything. If you want to go take a twenty minute break you can leave it in. Just don't leave it in over night or over prolonged periods of disuse.


That's true, too... But I'm just really careful about that stuff.
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I change mine every time i change my strings.
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#13
On my Warwick, the signal just crackles a bit when it starts to die. You could probably at least finish a gig with a dying battery.

I also think the battery is only in use when the guitar lead plugged into the bass.

It's nothing to be paranoid over.
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Yeah, anything that uses a battery - bass, pedal, whatever - don't leave your cable in it when you're not using it. I even take mine out of my pedals when we're ahving a lull at practice.


That's true, too... But I'm just really careful about that stuff.


Whoa, pedals die with the cable in, but the actual pedal not active?
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Whoa, pedals die with the cable in, but the actual pedal not active?


Aye when the cable is in a pedal input the pedal is on 'standby' sorta, and then just turned on when you press it down, if you get me.

So the battery still drains.
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Aye when the cable is in a pedal input the pedal is on 'standby' sorta, and then just turned on when you press it down, if you get me.

So the battery still drains.


So that's why I've been going through 9-volts so fast.

Thanks, you just saved me hundreds of dollars in batteries.
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Aye when the cable is in a pedal input the pedal is on 'standby' sorta, and then just turned on when you press it down, if you get me.

So the battery still drains.


Yep, hit the nail on the head.

Pedals drain battery's a LOT faster than pickups tho. Pickups and battery's have about 3000 hour of life to them, pedals (The max I have ever seen) 800.

Average for a boss pedal is around 100 tho if you ask me <_<. But 3000 hours is a lot, you can indeed let it in for 20 minutes if your not using the bass, you won't really notice. If your not sure of how long ago it was that you changed the battery in your guitar before a gig, I do recommend putting a new one in.

Oh and, make sure there's some anti-static foam (at the least) between the battery and the rest of the wiring, you could cause a short circuit otherwise. A thick layer of painting tape will work also, and you dont have to worry about anything aslong as the battery isnt in contact with wires/pots =p
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you get a very quiet fuzzy distorted sound that is very farty and very low low output. batter changes are easy as cake and battery life on most active basses is insain you probably will have to change it 1-2 times a year (3 at most) eve nif you practice alot and gig like crazy.(just remember to unplug when you finish playing. if you have to set the bass down for about 30 mins dont worry about unplugging it but for several hours dont forget.
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