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Battery dying too quickly in Spector

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mancefine, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. mancefine


    Jul 7, 2013
    Endorsing Artist: Orange Amplifiers and Spector Basses
    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


    Apr 14, 2013
    London, UK
    Your bass need to be seen by a tech.

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


    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA
    Try flipping the ground wires on the input jack.
  4. mancefine


    Jul 7, 2013
    Endorsing Artist: Orange Amplifiers and Spector Basses
    Could you elaborate on why this would help?
  5. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    This just started happening all on it's own out of the blue? No electronic changes were made recently?
  6. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    unless yer confident in diggin in to the eletronics yerself.....i'd
    say its tech time. my first thought was a loose ground. gl
  7. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    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
  8. scatbass


    Feb 4, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    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...
  9. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    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.
  10. grendle


    Mar 4, 2011
    Central FL
    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.
  11. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Jule-Dunlop-Tech 21-Darkglass-Nordstrand
    There's a short somewhere in the circuit; take it to a competent tech and they can sort it out for you
  12. 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.
  13. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    A shorter output jack cost you $100 to fix? Yikes.
  14. 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.
  15. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    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.
  16. mancefine


    Jul 7, 2013
    Endorsing Artist: Orange Amplifiers and Spector Basses
    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.
  17. mancefine


    Jul 7, 2013
    Endorsing Artist: Orange Amplifiers and Spector Basses
    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.
  18. Kevin aka Kebo

    Kevin aka Kebo Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2011
    Princeton NJ
    Owner - Kebo's Bass Works
    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..