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Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by MistaMarko, Feb 18, 2006.
Mine's about..a month.
how much do you play?
and do you take the cord out of the jack on the bass when you're not playing?
always do, and i play 15+ hours a week. the bass takes two 9volts, and uses 18 volts, obviously. does it just drain a lot of juice? i dont know much about those pickups.
I have two Peaveys with VFL's and the batteries last a long time. Long enough where I can't remember the last time I replaced them... But I have five basses so the Peaveys don't see the same playing time as yours perhaps.
I got plenty of life out of my Cirrus when I owned it.
how often did you play though? I play about 2-3 hours a day and 80% of the time at loud volumes with my pickup volume knob maxed out.
I've done some research on this and took some current measurements and here's what I found out:
My 5 string Cirrus uses a pair of batteries every 3 to 4 weeks (~60 hours of play time). The measured current draw from the Cirrus 5 pickups and electronics is on the order of 10 times that of a Cirrus 4.
NOTE: I have checked and the circuit is shutting completely off when I unplug the cable --- I am very faithful not to leave the guitar plugged in when I am not playing.
Cirrus 5 Cirrus 4
Tone Electronics 0.69 mA 0.69 mA
Neck Pickup 5.28 mA 0.25 mA
Bridge Pickup 5.22 mA 0.25 mA
Bottom line: The 5/6 string pickups are power hogs. I had Peavey replace the tone electronics and the pickups and it still has the same high current draw. I've gone to high amperage rechargeable nine volts (not sold in Walmart) which I charge every three weeks.
I hope this info is helpful,
I have a Cirrus 5, and I rarely EVER have to change the batteries. I've had my bass since 99 and I've changed the batteries only 3 times! The last 2 times I didn't change them because they were dead, I just did it because it had been 2-3 years since they had been changed.
I play my bass ALOT, it's been my only axe for most of the time I've had it, and I do a couple 3 set gigs every week, plus practice and rehearsal time.
I owned two Cirrus 5's but recently sold one. I found they go through batteries pretty quick. Much more so than EMG's, Bart's, etc. I end up checking them very often for this very reason. They do sound great though, don't they? Probably the biggest value dollar for dollar out there.