In the past couple of months, I've been having problems with my Ibanez BTB405 "dying" on me. Twice, in the middle of my playing (not in a performance, mind you), I have had my bass just totally stop making sound. I got so pissed off the first time that I smacked the strings over the pickups and it barely uttered a thumping sound. I replaced the batteries and it worked fine. Just today, the same thing happened. However, the batteries have only been in for a month and I have barely been playing anyways! How could the batteries just die, with little use and even less age? Also, the first time my batteries died, I still got a sound out of it...a distorted, buzzing sound. That's why I got so frusterated when this first ordeal arose. So, I'm assuming this is a problem with the BTB's electronics? To note another problem, I have bee having bad issues with instrument cables. The first cable I ever used and continued to use for two years was a GuitarCenter cable. When my dad's friend let me borrow his 50 Watt Ampeg Rocketbass combo until I bought a new amp to replace my Crate BX15 (blech), I noticed that whenever I slightly nudged the cable where it was plugged into the bass, it make a loud, cracking and popping sound. So I decided to replace it, figuring "Ah, it's just GC crap." Well, I bought a 25' Whirlwind cable and as soon as I plugged it in: *CRAAACK!* No difference. I'm really beginning to worry that this bass is becoming less and less like a great deal and more and more like a problem. Please help!! P.S. I'm not sure if this is in the right place, so I'm sorry if you have to move it.