I have several Alembic guitars and guitars with Alembic PUs and electronics. The battery is no big deal. I always check and replace, if necessary, prior to a gig. I also always have extra batteries and a small tool set with me. I have built a couple of guitars with Fishman Fluence PUs and their clever rechargeable battery built into the tremolo cover. Great sounding PUs, but if you forget to recharge the battery you have a problem you don’t encounter with a 9v battery.
And the low impedance Alembic PUs sound great, especially for clean playing.
I have 3 guitars that have active electronics. 2 of these are Fender Stratocaster Elite’s from 1983 and 1 Mexican Fender Stratocaster powered by Roland. They both have sounds that I like a lot.
Although the batteries are a small nuisance, if you like the guitar and want to use it.....get over it .....and plan. This involves thinking, so as to manage the batteries. It’s not hard. Make sure you have a spare, check the power level before a gig and take the battery/ batteries out before putting the guitar into storage for a period of time.
What is hard about that.
All DC powered. The one battery operated item in my rig is the wireless transmitter. But the Line 6 G10 is so convenient to keep charged. The old replaceable battery wireless systems I would never use.
What if it was better for having a preamp.
EMG pickups have had active tone controls available for ages. You can have more output and no treble loss. Many of the treble bleed circuits on volume pots aren’t that flash.
There could even be active hum cancelling for single coil pickups, Chris Kinman did this prior to coming up with his pickup range.
Please tell my you still have that exact set of clothes and wear them regularly.I build my own preamp with treble and bass boost and cut back in the early 80’s. I used it for years. It ran on 18 volts and was a heck of a contraption. It was called a Craig Anderson Clarifier and was in a GP magazine with Frank Zappa on the cover. I drilled and etched the board and every thing.
I would put EMG’s in my other guitars so they could almost keep up with my Strat with my home made preamp in it. My Focus 6000 Kramer still has EMG’s in it from the 80’s.
You can see the wire running to the guitar strap where the batteries are in the photo from under the pick guard ….. this is 84 or 1985…
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You’re preaching to the choir about Kinman pickups, I had a set of Mark 1 pickups in my Strat. I A/Bed them against normal single coils and they were as good if not better.And Chris Kinman designed and made the best pickups without active electronics. Just passive, so perfectly made and totally hum-free.