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Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Fassa Albrecht, Aug 4, 2009.
Get a G&L, flip the switch to passive and rock on!
This. I use the same interval, and haven't ever had a problem.
In addition to that, if you're in a jam-happy band, you will thank everything that you know and love when you're able to recover, "That one BAD ASS thing we played last month" that no one remembers.
This is what I do too. Even under heavy usage, it's amazing how long that lil 9 volt battery will last you if you just unplug the cord from the input jack.
You don't need no stinkin' battery.
Brett on Flight of the Conchords doesn't even need a guitar:
A little off topic
Would a pedal power supply with a battery clip adapter work in an emergency?
I think it'll work, you'd have to stand/sit very close to an outlet but you'd have sound
I'd try it out myself but I don't have any active basses.
On my active basses I just replace the batteries on all of them right around January 1st every year so I don't forget. This leaves plenty of room for margin of error, even if I do occasionally forget to unplug one overnight. Never had a battery failure.
and here i thought this was gonna be another barf thread.
If you mean the awesomeness of the player than I'd be screwed.
I had the same thing happen to me once at an audition. Had to quickly got to the store to buy a new battery.
Now I play strictly passive basses because batteries blow.
BTW, I still managed to pass the audition. They were more of a jam band anyway... very laid back.
get rechargeables... be responsible
I think this is something that should be a bigger consideration when choosing an instrument that is going to be all you use.
So - don't take along something that won't make a sound without batteries. I really like how the 55-02 will convert to passive mode just by pulling up the volume knob!
A great feature!
If only there are plutonium powered batteries available....you won't ever need to change your batts for the rest of your life.
I think it was EBS that allowed phantom powering of active basses: Most active basses use a standard TRS jack for the output jack. When you short the ring and sleeve with a standard instrument jack (TS), you complete the connection and the battery powers the active circuit. What EBS does is put a voltage on the ring and sleeve, which powers the circuit instead of drawing from the battery.
It'd be very simple to hook a 9v wallwart on a TRS jack and do the same thing. I've often wondered why no one offers this sort of thing commercially.
BATTERY!!!!. Dude that sounds cool! Where do I get one GC?
Wouldn't it be easier to keep 1 or 2 9v's in your case than a power supply?
I change mine twice a year, just to be safe, and always make sure to unplug my cord from the jack between sets.
My friend modded his in case it happens mid-song. He put a 2-battery cavity, then put a switch for either battery, and led's for whichever one it's turned to. He plays with a pick mainly, so it's actually right behind the bridge, so he can hit it with his wrist.
Sometimes I'll play a badass solo and since I have a horrible memory, it's nice to have it recorded.
I've found batteries to be odd like that ... one minute they're working, the next, dead.
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