#1
Hey, quick question about my EMG active set... well, any active set i guess.

Active pickups run on a battery right, so what controls when the battery is actually drained? Do i have to be playing for it to be used, or is it constantly used? Is it 'on' whilst the jack cable is plugged in?

Just curious, i read somewhere that if the cable is plugged in, the circuit is complete, so the battery is being used... just wanted to know whether or not i can leave my guitar lying around with the amp cable plugged in, with the volume at 0 on the guitar... saves me unplugging it and turning the amp off to stop noise everytime i start/stop playing guitar.

Cheers.
#2
if your input is plugged in,

your using power, it does complete your circuit and runs of your batteries

regardless if its into an amp or tuner etc....

EDIT: So no, you cant leave it plugged in over night or something mate,

it just drains your batteries, but i would have thought you could turn your amp off, then unplug it, then vice versa for starting to play,

but dont not leave it plugged in

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Last edited by Tom Horn at Jun 27, 2008,
#4
Quote by Tom Horn
if your input is plugged in,

your using power, it does complete your circuit and runs of your batteries

regardless if its into an amp or tuner etc....


Yeah if the cable is plugged into your guitar it drains the battery, having the volume at 0 does not affect that.
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#5
I don't have any active p-ups in my guitars. anyway, here's what I know.

When the battery is low it will sound "dull" or less distorted. It will only turn on if the jack is plugged in, you're right when you said "completes the circuit."

If the volume is on "0" the power will still be being drained if the jacks in.

If I'm wrong someone will tell me otherwise, Hope this helps!!
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#7
too true, i used to think if i tune my volume down to 0 i wasnt using power...

i've got EMG 81/60

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#8
Yeah everything posted should have explained it. I've only changed my bass with active EQ three times in the 2 years I've had it. However active pups might not last as long.
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