Posted by El Pájaro on May 23, 2000 at 13:20:39:
In Reply to: To anyone whose battery has ever gone dead at a gig or practice posted by Brock on May 22, 2000 at 09:45:23:
: Hey bassists..
: Have you ever had your battery go dead...? Did you see it coming?
: (In active pickups)
: If my bass's battery is about to go dead (which it hasn't yet) all i'm thinking is that i better at least get a warning..like a weakened signal.. that way it won't immediately die on me and piss me off. I have an elec/acoustic and i had to change that battery, but at least the signal was slowly fading and i can tell what the problem was. Just a thought..maybe we should carry extras around..which i also don't do right now...
: Thoughts on this one?
Yeah, it happened to me a couple of times ...the most obvious giveaway was a notorious dropoff in both sound quality and output. And, yes, if you have a bass with active pickups and/or preamp, DON'T YOU EVER DARE LEAVING HOME WITHOUT AT LEAST ONE SPARE BATTERY.
On some basses, chanhing the battery is a pain in the ass indeed, as is now in my main bass (a Modulus VJ4 originally passive but upgraded with a Moon AC-1 preamp), since to change the battery I'd have to remove three screws AND the entire control plate (which is Jazz Bass-like). Aaarghh! Anyway, the improved sound more than makes up for this minor hassle.
What'cha waitin' for? Go buy a couple of 9 volt batteries right away!
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