Active pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by terms bassist, May 9, 2001.

  1. I own an Ibanez Soundgear 5 string with active pickups. does anyone know how often I have to change the battery, I don't want it running out in the middle of a show or something. and do they show any signs of running low, or does the battery just die all of a sudden?
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    The most common and noticeable symptom is that your sound will get increasingly distorted as the battery weakens. You don't just suddenly go silent.

    I don't know if your bass is like one of mine - it has a volume control that you can pull up on to switch into passive mode. So, if you're in the middle of a song and you think your battery is dying, you can switch to passive and not disappear.

    The moral of the story is always keep a high quality battery in your bass and keep one in your accessory bag that isn't anywhere near the expiration date on the package.