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post Jan 6 2014, 02:46 PM
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My new Ibanez SR300 Bass has active pickups. It has a 9V battery as usual! Does anyone know if leaving the jack plug in the Bass all the time,even when not playing, will drain the battery? I had active basses before and I vaguely remember that being said. huh.gif


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post Jan 6 2014, 04:40 PM
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I have active EMGs and the battery drains if I leave the guitar plugged in.

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post Jan 6 2014, 04:41 PM
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Yes, it will drain the battery.

Leaving the guitar plug in will close the circuit, thus making the battery drain. To test this theory: Use a multimeter and the end of the plug to see the 9 volt fluctuation.

Your cable acts like a switch to activate the active pickup wiring.

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post Jan 6 2014, 04:53 PM
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Ok Thanks DD and Korb...I'll unplug in between sessions! smile.gif


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post Jan 6 2014, 06:45 PM
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Yes it will. If You unplug the chord everytime You stop playing You could have even up to years on the same battery. But the stereo jack input in the instrument works like a "on/off" switch for battery ground wire. It does connect via ground piece of cable's jack. smile.gif


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post Jan 7 2014, 10:08 AM
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QUOTE (Darius Wave @ Jan 6 2014, 06:45 PM) *
Yes it will. If You unplug the chord everytime You stop playing You could have even up to years on the same battery. But the stereo jack input in the instrument works like a "on/off" switch for battery ground wire. It does connect via ground piece of cable's jack. smile.gif


Thanks Darius...Its interesting about the battery could last for years..I didn't know so little was consumed to give active pups their boost...I'll definitely unplug as there is no active/non active switch.

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post Jan 7 2014, 04:06 PM
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When I was playing on the guitar with 3 EMGs as a main instrument I remember it took it about 2 years until the battery was dead.


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post Jan 7 2014, 10:06 PM
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It can take a while to "die" but depending on the batt and use, it can "drain" much quicker and impact your tone IMHO. sad.gif I usually try to use high quality batts and swap them out as soon as pinch harmonics start sounding less pinch smile.gif every few months or so. Just like as in stomp boxes batts can fade depending on quality and use and suck out some tone. But again, your mileage may vary smile.gif

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When I was playing on the guitar with 3 EMGs as a main instrument I remember it took it about 2 years until the battery was dead.


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post Jan 8 2014, 01:53 PM
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no it wont drain the battery at all, I dont know who these guys are or what their experience level is


















okay it will drain it, just hanvin fun
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post Jan 8 2014, 04:28 PM
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It was when I learned about the battery draining on my Jackson SLSMG with active EMGs that I made it a permanent habit to unplug all my guitars after playing.


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post Jan 9 2014, 02:03 AM
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Yup smile.gif Just like you gotta unplug stomp boxes unless they are on power supplies. smile.gif And of course, PACK EXTRA BATTS FOR A GIG!! I can't tell ya how frustrating it is to hear your pickup starting to fade and not having a spare batt in your case.
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It was when I learned about the battery draining on my Jackson SLSMG with active EMGs that I made it a permanent habit to unplug all my guitars after playing.



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post Jan 9 2014, 05:38 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jan 8 2014, 05:03 PM) *
Yup smile.gif Just like you gotta unplug stomp boxes unless they are on power supplies. smile.gif And of course, PACK EXTRA BATTS FOR A GIG!! I can't tell ya how frustrating it is to hear your pickup starting to fade and not having a spare batt in your case.
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You know ,I always wondered whether the tone or output degraded as the battery looses power ,or if they stopped working after a certain minimal level of charge. I always suspected the former. dry.gif
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post Jan 9 2014, 09:44 AM
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It's a good thing I have built a healthy habit of unplugging my guitars after each session and placing them nicely at their spot in the stands smile.gif Even though I don't have any guitar with active pickups smile.gif


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post Jan 9 2014, 12:12 PM
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i used EMG's and the batteries lasted a lot. I only use passive pickups now though


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