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SS2 preamp question

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by Gerry, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Gerry

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    So, the batteries in my '98 SS2 finally died. I'm running an 18v system and here's the thing. While in active mode, it started spitting. I pulled the volume knob to passive and nothing happened. When I connected a new battery to one lead, passive worked but not active. When I connected the other lead alone, almost no sound came out while passive. I then found out, that 1 live and one dead battery makes spit. Either way, it seems I need at least 1 live battery on the front battery lead alone for passive and both new for active. I thought even with a dead battery, it would work because I'm still completing the circuit. Is my '98 preamp different than modern ones, or is there a problem?
     
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    Have you got active pickups as they require a battery to work ?
    The passive mode only turns off the preamp.
     
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    Yeah, MEC pups with gold labels are active and require power as well. That's why you need both batteries on the 18v models I guess...
     
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    Samule beat mne to the answer ;) again I am late :( LOL
     
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    Ok, makes sense. Thanks guys! I forgot that The pick ups were active:x Got some new Duracells and It's all good again. I think it's the Jazzman that works with a dead batt. Passive MM and all...
     
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    That's true Gerry.
    The $$ will work without a battery & the Jazzman works with a dead battery.
    The 18 volt & 9 volt 3 band MEC pre's are the same except for a few components on the PCB iirc.It's basically the same design,but modified to run on 9 volts :)
     
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    You guys are the best. The bass sounds so good, I would keep it even with a defect but I'm glad to hear it's normal. When I got it, one of the battery leads was severed. I replaced it and remember thinking, "I hope it wasn't modded in any way"....ok, cool. Thanks again everyone.
     
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