How many years should a bass guitar's electronics (pickups and preamp) last before failing or needing replacement? I own a '95 Pedulla Rapture and just plugged in to play, and it gave no signal. Not even enough response for a tuner (Korg TuneJack) to tune. Completely dead, even after putting in a fresh battery. The guitar wasn't dropped or traumatized in any way, and the guitar was working fine just a few days prior. Tested it on several other amps, cables, etc, and took a peek inside to see no loose wires, broken solder, loose input jack, or anything. Looking more and more like the pre-amp or the pickup has died... and it makes me (and my wallet) sad. Is this something normal to happen to older basses? I know that with owning an older bass comes added maintenance... but always thought that the internal components were supposed to last at least a couple of decades... thoughts?