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active pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by matthew4414, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. matthew4414


    Nov 9, 2010
    Lurgan NI
    if the battery powering your pickups is running low will the output of the bass lessen, r does it even work like that lol?
  2. surgay

    surgay Banned

    Sep 27, 2013
    r u a pirate?????????????????????
  3. BruceWane


    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Yeah, it'll eventually lessen to -0-.

    Kinda like most things that run on batteries, active pickups don't work so good with low - or dead - batteries.

    Who'da thunk?

    Seriously, you'll probably start to hear distortion before you notice reduced volume. And no, it's not a "good" distortion.
  4. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    Salinas, CA
    I use an active bass, and the falloff seems to be a couple of hours. Tone, not volume. I've noticed (unlike BruceWane) that I get a really nice, mild distortion when the battery is on the way out. It took me a few years too put 2 and 2 together. So when my bass sounds really good, I change the battery!
  5. Not really. You just get more distortion.
  6. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Active pickups or active EQ circuit? They'll act differently depending on what the actual circuit is. Since I started using active instruments in '79, I've only had one battery issue (the only time I didn't use a Duracell- the "Ever" ready wasn't ready...). They symptom on a pre EB StingRay was distortion, much like a bad solid-state overdrive. Same gain level, but distorted signal.

  7. Turxile


    May 1, 2011
    Hmmm... I'm thinking Rechargeable batteries... I'm thinking charging them just a little bit, just enough to give the good sound for you and last the gig...
  8. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    ^^^Or a stack of coin batteries @ 7.5 volts or so,
    they'll stay that way for alot longer.

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