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HELP!! ACTIVE PICKUPS= BATTERY DIES QUICKLY!!


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Does anyone out there know if leaving my bass plugged in will drain the 9V battery. I have a Modulus Graphite Q6, and it drains the battery in about three weeks. Could it be from leaving it plugged in? Could it be from leaving the knobs up? Sure it's easy to just start unplugging it, but I want to know for sure, for the sake of knowledge. It seems a $3500bass would have some kind of bypass for that.
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I don't own that bass but it is very common to use the "plugged in" state as the "on switch".

 

I think that this is an elegant solution -- much better than a switch.

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I always 'unplug' my active bass(es) if I'm not playing/practicing...better safe than sorry.

 

I can't say if it's true or an 'urban myth'; but it works for me.

 

Hopefully, some of the more tech knowledgeable forum'ites will weigh in on this. Maybe it's a case of specific manufacturers/design ??

 

Jim

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Thanks all, I had figured it was that, but didn't know. Come to think of it, it is better that way. It just seems that my Carvin which I played for years, and left plugged in most of the time, had a battery that lasted. I guess it had a so-called doo-dad. Thanks.
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I have an active-passive switch. I assume that this turns off the preamp when in passive mode. But I unplug most of the time anyway (and if I leave it plugged in, it's only in passive mode). I had an old bass with active pickups and leaving it plugged in was the problem.
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Yep, my practice habits are thusly, I play for fifteen minutes, take a crap, fifteen minutes, answer the phone, fifteen minutes, let the dog out, fifteen minutes, toke a bingload, fifteen minutes, toke another binger, fifteen minutes, You get the point. That is why it ends up staying plugged in most of the time, because I am always coming right back in a minute. Or else *gasp*, herb really does make you forget to do things.
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