I've really been getting a kick out of playing this J-bass since I got it a few months ago. It has a great sound, er, HAD a great sound until my gig last night. About halfway through the second set, it started losing volume, so I whipped out my trusty 55-94 which I had brought along as a back-up (remember that thread?). At the break, I did what any normal active bass player would do: change the batteries. Now I get a high-pitched screech out of my wireless, and no musical output whatsoever. OK, that's it. Back to the Lakland, which performed flawlessly the rest of the night. So today, I hooked up to my amp with a cable, and the FMT is deader than the proverbial door nail. I whipped out the voltmeter, and I've got 18 volts at the batteries, but no audio signal out. No broken wires to be seen in the cavity, either. OK, now I've got to find a local Fender-authorized repair place to take it. At least it's under warranty, but I'm planning on being without it for six months, in anticipation of the typical slow service and lame-ass excuses that most places seem to produce these days. At least my jaws won't get torqued 'til December. I'll keep you posted.