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Hate to see this first thing in the morning...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bonafide, Oct 28, 2018.


  1. Bonafide

    Bonafide Rodney Gene Junior Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    Austin
    Endorsing Artist: Carr Amps, FTT, Custom Tones, BIAB, Nick Silver, Many others...
    Dead battery! Walk into the studio for a morning recording session...2 nights in a row I have left this plugged in all night! Not really a 'problem' as a whole, but this week...I keep 'forgettin'...! Two days in a row! Love the tones, but only active bass I own that does not have a passive switch or passive mode. Gotta change that soon!

    TRBJP2_plug.
     
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  2. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    It'll take a third time for you to learn to unplug it.
    Even a passive switch doesn't disconnect the battery.
    It still drains when plugged in.
     
  3. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Thats why take spare everything when I went to a studio: spare cables, strings, batteries, etc.
     
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  4. Bonafide

    Bonafide Rodney Gene Junior Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    Austin
    Endorsing Artist: Carr Amps, FTT, Custom Tones, BIAB, Nick Silver, Many others...
    LOL, I hear ya man, I don't plan on losing another battery this week! It's not a real issue - just swapping between 7 or 8 basses this week. As far as active / passive bypass. It's a mod I have done for years. Orignally cam stock on my Ibanez MC924. All my active basses disconnect the battery with an active / passive switch. Completely bypass the active pre leaving a passive tone or vol only, plugged in or no.
     
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  5. Bonafide

    Bonafide Rodney Gene Junior Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    Austin
    Endorsing Artist: Carr Amps, FTT, Custom Tones, BIAB, Nick Silver, Many others...
    Always....
     
  6. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    D'oh!!
     
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  7. JZQuantum

    JZQuantum Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2008
    Yeah hate when that happens. I keep a stock of Duracells on hand.

    For similar reasons, I just installed a motion detection light switch in my closet at home. It turns off the lights after 1 minute of no motion, i.e. when I leave the room. I was leaving the light on all day and it was bugging me.
     
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  8. creaturegods

    creaturegods

    Sep 23, 2017
    Leave it to a bassist to post a "first thing in the morning" thread at 1:38pm :cool:

    (i am aware of time zones and such, please just let me have my fun :cigar:)
     
  9. chris_b

    chris_b

    Jun 2, 2007
    Why spend money modding a bass when all you have to do is remember to do one thing!!!
     
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  10. Bonafide

    Bonafide Rodney Gene Junior Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    Austin
    Endorsing Artist: Carr Amps, FTT, Custom Tones, BIAB, Nick Silver, Many others...
    LOL! I wish I did only have one thing to remember! Still, I enjoy modding and I won't permanently alter the bass if I do. I have developed a habit of turning off the battery when it goes on the stand. The two moves go hand in hand. Works for me since I may be picking it up again in 10 minutes, 30 minutes, one hour etc. What I don't have is a habit of unplugging when it goes on the stand because then I would have to mute the source as well.
     
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  11. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    little tiny :poop: happens. good luck remembering your cable is plugged in! :thumbsup:
     
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  12. Doh
     
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  13. Bonafide

    Bonafide Rodney Gene Junior Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    Austin
    Endorsing Artist: Carr Amps, FTT, Custom Tones, BIAB, Nick Silver, Many others...
    Sometimes this is pretty much the most accurate and articulate!
     
  14. If you use a guitar stand, as shown in the pic, install a mercury switch in the active electronics power lead.
    When the bass is on the stand, the power is cut off.
     
  15. Obviously this is why I don’t play a passive bass, because I would do the same thing.
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2018
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  16. Spent

    Spent

    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I do this all of the time, especially if I’ve had a little libation. Doesn’t seem to drain the battery too much.
     
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  17. Bonafide

    Bonafide Rodney Gene Junior Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    Austin
    Endorsing Artist: Carr Amps, FTT, Custom Tones, BIAB, Nick Silver, Many others...
    Cheers, but I don't follow what you mean...??
     
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  18. Bonafide

    Bonafide Rodney Gene Junior Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    Austin
    Endorsing Artist: Carr Amps, FTT, Custom Tones, BIAB, Nick Silver, Many others...
    I had to google 'Libation'! :) True, usually it's OK, but two nights in a row. Duracell death. I think mostly it made me aware of how much I appreciate the passive option!
     
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  19. Spent

    Spent

    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Happy to help you learn a new word, I like the obscurity of it. Battery drain is probably preamp related. My Yamaha seems to go easy on batteries and fortunately it had a passive switch if one dies on me. My Spectors seem to be less forgiving.
     
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  20. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    And this is one of the many reasons I've gone passive
     

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