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So I'm thinking about getting myself a Warwick bass after the summer and figured I might check some of their basses. I noticed that the electronics on most of them (if not all of them) were active and that there is a compartment for the batteries to go into.

I'm a little confused by it. Anyone with a Warwick bass who knows anything about this? Does it run through batteries a lot (I play about 30 minutes to an hour per day)? Can it run without batteries? Etcetera, any information that might be useful for me would be appreciated

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If you have passive pickups, but an active preamp, you can play without batteries. You can't if it has active pickups.

However, I have had my Warwick for 6 months now and haven't had to change the batteries yet.
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If you have passive pickups, but an active preamp, you can play without batteries. You can't if it has active pickups.

However, I have had my Warwick for 6 months now and haven't had to change the batteries yet.


Well you shouldn't have to, batteries for active electronics last for years, unless you leave them plugged in.
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Depends how much you play. At 30 mins a day, a year or so would not be unexpected. However, if you play 3/4 hours a day, it may only last 4-6 months.
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Well you shouldn't have to, batteries for active electronics last for years, unless you leave them plugged in.


Yeah, once you finish playing unplug it or else it is going to drain the batteries.
My Warwick battery is still good since I bought it. But mine has EMGs :O No preamp.
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Hey Psychologic - didn't you just come in chat for a minute?

My active basses get through a battery every 6 to 12 months. Unless there's an active/passive switch, when the battery dies you won't get sound. The batteries don't suddenly die - you'll just notice your bass is quieter than it should be and then change it.
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Warwicks with a preamp have active/passive switches.
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Warwicks with a preamp have active/passive switches.
How handy...you don't get that on Ibanez
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Hey Psychologic - didn't you just come in chat for a minute?

My active basses get through a battery every 6 to 12 months. Unless there's an active/passive switch, when the battery dies you won't get sound. The batteries don't suddenly die - you'll just notice your bass is quieter than it should be and then change it.


Yeah I did. Thanks for all the replies, I know now that I should spend some of my budget on batteries too. By the by, any idea what kind of batteries? The small singles or the blocks of batteries?
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Yeah I did. Thanks for all the replies, I know now that I should spend some of my budget on batteries too. By the by, any idea what kind of batteries? The small singles or the blocks of batteries?

9 volt batteries (D-size)
You'll need one or two, depending on the preamp. Some require 9v and some require 18v.
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For some reason, I heard somewhere that a Warwick won't even run in passive mode with dead batteries. Could be a rumour.
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#12
as have been said already the baterries do not usually wear down.

i have had a standard corvette 4 [lefthanded totally unrelated] string for literally years almost 4 to be exact and have yet to change the batteries. similarily i have had a corvette $$ 5 string [also lefthanded haha] for almost 2 now and same old story.

the very neat thing of both my basses is they are 'hybridds' meaning there is a master volume pot which can be pulled up and switches the bass from active ie. using the battery and onboard eq to passive.

kind of a neat feature, but totally redundant since i bought these two for a solid hevay reliable 4 and 5 string active bass afterplaying my friends active esp 30th anniversary upside down.

the store assuming its not being bought online, and or the distributer would probably be able to answer any questions to the fullest versus anyones opinion on the boards here though.
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For some reason, I heard somewhere that a Warwick won't even run in passive mode with dead batteries. Could be a rumour.


Only if the pickups are active as well. Otherwise, the preamp is bypassed.
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