Active electronics/battery conservation

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Gaxx, Mar 21, 2002.

  1. Gaxx


    Jul 2, 2001
    This may seem like a dumb question to you old hands :) but I just got my first active-electronics bass a couple of months ago, and I was wondering...

    Since basses don't have "on/off" switches, when is the power being drained from the battery? Is it constantly being sapped away, even when the bass isn't being used?
  2. Unplug the bass. It's power circut is deactivated once the 1/4 plug is undone.
  3. Prague77


    Aug 20, 2001
    Waco, TX
    whooo my bass is going to have an on/off switch. :)
    i think that is a pretty good idea. i wonder why you dont ever see it. except on custom jobs
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Why an on/off when you can have an active/passive switch instead?
  5. Prague77


    Aug 20, 2001
    Waco, TX
    so you can quickly mute your bass without draining batterys?
  6. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    Most preamps have the bypass switch separate from the power switch, because turning the power on while the bass is plugged in generates a nasty THUMP in the output.

    I like having the jack double as a power switch. That way, the preamp can never be powered up when your bass is in the case. A power switch would be easy to leave on inadvertently. And a power-on LED would just suck down the battery that much quicker.