I had the battery drain issue too... Didn't realize it until I replaced the basses, but I was buying 9V's by the dozen. I now play a Fender American Elite J and 2 Kiesel's and the batteries last a very long time. Yes, each have two, but they last much longer than twice as long. I too felt that way. I was certainly committed to replacing the parts and moving on. I couldn't even get a straight answer on what to buy. When Ibanez did ship the part that I was willing to, shouldn't have had to, but willing to pay for, it was the wrong part. I also learned something else at that time. I would play the instruments, I had 2 Ibby's, without amplification. They made almost no sound. When I play the Fender it sings all by it's lonesome. The Kiesel's do this as well. And my Ric is on a planet of it's own in terms of acoustic tone-- I think it's louder than my acoustic. FWIW... What really drove this purchase was I wanted a 5 string Fretless. I looked over all the options and chose this one; it had a clean look, had decent reviews, it's neck-thru, and had a nice fingerboard. I liked the amplified tone a lot. the Bartolini's were nice, and the Chromes were too. But, the pots didn't work because the wiring sucked, the electronics were spotty because it had a crappy board in it, and the Piezo was a total static fest at times. It is interesting that this post from November has been resurrected as it got very little attention then. My issues have been long resolved and I will never have them again. I hope that others will decide to buy other manufacturers, American made or custom made, but I find that sometimes these things warn people and other times they don't. GAS is real and sometimes things look cool.