Battery Life on Strats With Battery

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  1. Gallaspy

    Gallaspy Strat-Talk Member

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    Folks,
    I evidently ran the battery in my Roadhouse Strat down by keeping it plugged in. Do people unplug the guitar every time you stop — or only if stopping for awhile? How long? Does it matter if the Amp end of the cable is unplugged, or is it necessary to unplug the guitar end? Thanks. New to batteries in Strats!!!
     
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    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    When not playing unplug, battery should last a long time.
     
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    Bowmap I nose a thang or two Platinum Supporting Member

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    I have an EOB. The guitar end needs to be unplugged. It's a 3 conductor (tip-ring-sleeve) jack. The ring connects the battery ground to the sleeve which is the circuit ground. So as long as a plug is in the jack the battery is connected.
     
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    Bowmap I nose a thang or two Platinum Supporting Member

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    Oh jeepers... I am not paying attention again. WELCOME to the forum.
     
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    LordOfPudding Strat-Talker

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    I have a Deluxe Powerhouse.
    I have to unplug from the guitar jack.
    If I don't, the battery dies in a couple of days.
     
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    scooteraz Senior Stratmaster

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    While the pickups don’t take a lot of juice, they do take juice. When you unplug your cable, you kill the power so that there is no juice to the pickups. No juice, no drain. Depending on the pickups, you get something like 200 to 1000 hours of juice. If you leave your guitar plugged in, you drain the battery in as little as 8 days. Now, if you are playing 2 hours a day, every day, you get say 3 months out of that same battery with the more power hungry pickups.

    Unplug from your battery driven guitar when you are not playing. Now, if you are playing out, you don’t have to unplug between sets. But, at home, unplug between sessions.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I had a Clapton Strat, and I would unplug it every time I was done playing, and the battery would last about a year.
     
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    Thanks all. If you take the battery out, do you just lose the push button pre-amp?
     
  9. LordOfPudding

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    With my Powerhouse, when the battery is dead or unplugged, there is nothing. It is like the amp is turned off.
     
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    Why leave ANY guitar plugged in? I've never had a guitar with active electronics in it, yet, every time I am done playing, I unplug the cable from it.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I'm terrible for draining tuner batteries...
     
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    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

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    Why?
     
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    Easy to wire in a dedicated switch.
     
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    Just because when there's no cable plugged in you can't trip on it and send the guitar flying down... don't ask me how I know.


    Pierre
     
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    Just piling on at this point - yes, most guitars with active electronics use a multi-conductor output jack to function as the "on/off" switch for the circuit in terms of "turning the battery on" for lack of a better term. And most of them will not function if the battery dies - like the Clapton Strat, the old Powerhouse Strats, etc.

    I'm not sure about the current Deluxe Roadhouse models, but I suspect that is the case. Also even though you can turn the circuit on/off with the S-1 switch the battery will be "on" (again for lack of a better term) as long as the guitar is plugged in.
     
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    Recorded some acoustic late last night. It’s got one of the bridge transducers and preamp, etc... with a 9 volt battery. I left it plugged in overnight. Oops :confused:
     
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    The same can be said for some foot pedals if you leave them plugged in the circuit is live in bi-pas or active.
     
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    I have a 9v in my HARDTAIL warmoth strat.

    I am installing one of those Fishman battery trem covers because I am so tired of changing batteries.

    FYI, my batteries need changing more often than my strings. I use elixir optiwebs.

    I dont know how many hours I get per battery, I suspect it cant be close to 200 hrs.

    I get 4 to 6 months per set of strings.

    Guess I should track my playing a bit better.......

    And one more for the pile. I unplug my guitars when not in use.
    My strat gets extra consideration due to the battery.
     
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    Where are you gonna put the trem cover on a hardtail?
     
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