Battery dying too quickly in Spector

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  1. mancefine

    mancefine

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    I have a Spector Euro 4 LX and I think something is happening with the battery in it. Before anyone thinks I'm an idiot, it's never plugged in if I'm not playing it. I play the bass plugged in for probably 6-8 hours a week and I've noticed that when I change the battery the bass sounds great and super clear for maybe a week and then it starts slowly getting fuzzier and fuzzier and I've found myself changing the battery about every 2 weeks. I've owned many active basses in the past and usually only had to change the battery every few months. Anyone experienced this, and what did you do to fix it? Also, I use good duracell batteries. I noticed when I used a cheaper grocery store brand battery it seemed to go out in a week.
  2. MaGrass

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    Your bass need to be seen by a tech.

    That's all I guess, electrics can go mad too
  3. cableguy

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    Try flipping the ground wires on the input jack.
  4. mancefine

    mancefine

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    Could you elaborate on why this would help?
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  6. Selta

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    This just started happening all on it's own out of the blue? No electronic changes were made recently?
  7. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

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    unless yer confident in diggin in to the eletronics yerself.....i'd
    say its tech time. my first thought was a loose ground. gl
  8. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    I would not just randomly start swapping connections - I would verify that the battery negative goes to the ring terminal of the jack, the rest of the grounds go to the sleeve, signal to the tip...


    Good question...


    - georgestrings
  9. scatbass

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    I had this issue on a Spector that I bought used. Turned out to be just an exposed connection on the jack shorting out the ground wire. Double check the wiring, use a multi-meter if you have one. Or bring it to someone who knows this stuff. It's probably a pretty simple thing like this...
  10. Templar

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    Sounds like a classic bad output jack. You can try prying the solder lugs a little with a pliers, might fix it. Or just replace it, easy job. Presuming it's a "barrel" type jack, right? They're notorious for going bad internally. You can check it first for a vampire leak with a multi-meter.
  11. grendle

    grendle Supporting Member

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    Inserting the plug completes the circuit to ground. If they are reversed it will cause the pre to be on all of the time. It's a common mistake a lot of people make since you cannot see which is which. The 2 terminals are slightly different lengths. It's most likely the culprit. That or something is touching inside where it shouldn't , like if you spun a loose pot.
  12. MDBass

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    There's a short somewhere in the circuit; take it to a competent tech and they can sort it out for you
  13. bachlover

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    I had the exact same issue, there was a short at the jack, and I was able to get it fixed for around $100. Try searching "draining battery" to find my post - I got a lot of good feedback re. this from the good folks here.
  14. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    A shorter output jack cost you $100 to fix? Yikes.
  15. bachlover

    bachlover Supporting Member

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    Hired a tech. As well as having them troubleshoot the batt issue, I had them replace the lead from the battery to the pre amp as it was taking too much space and made for a tight fit when putting the lid back on (previous owner had already snapped off one of the hinges). Happy to spend the $100 to address those things, very happy with their work and highly recommend them (Guitar Repair Shop - Calgary). I just searched "battery draining" and it is there, 3 pages or so from some helpful folks that frequent this site.
  16. Templar

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    Always pick the low-hanging fruit first, life is easier that way. These barrel jacks go bad all the time, it's the most likely cause of excessive battery drainage. They're so unreliable I don't know why builders even bother with them. I think G&L quit them finally, for example. Too many failures.

    Retail price for a Switchcraft barrel jack is about $10, I believe. Soldering iron, small wrench or pliers, and a few minutes of your time. Boom. Done.
  17. mancefine

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    Thanks guys. That makes sense, I was thinking that something was inadvertently telling the pre amp that a cable was plugged in all the time, I just wasn't sure if that was actually possible. Fortunatly I'm in Austin so there are techs and music shops a-plenty.
  18. mancefine

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    And yes, no changes have been made since I've owned the bass. It's been issue free the last 6 months, other than this.
  19. Kevin aka Kebo

    Kevin aka Kebo

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    This occurs for 1 of 2 reasons
    A) Your using crap batteries
    B) Theres an issue with the input jack itself.. Swap the jack you should be good.

    The backward connection wont drain your juice..

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