HB II Piezo question. Dead batteries.

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  1. John in Utah

    John in Utah New Member

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    I have a PRS HB II with Piezo. The battery keeps going dead every week or two. Should I keep the switches in a certain position as in the mini switch in the magnetic pick-ups only position when I am not playing, or is something wrong? Thanks to all who answer.
     
  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Too Funky

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    Do you leave it plugged in?
     
  3. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    That would kill the batteries. The piezo is on when plugged in.
     
  4. django49

    django49 New Member

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    I did have a similar issue with a non-PRS guitar, The wiring was defective, in that the circuit connecting the battery was NOT disconnected when the jack was unplugged. Hence, it continued to draw down the battery 24/7. Fairly simple fix once you know what you are dealing with, but some guitars are a bit more complex "under the hood".
     
  5. John in Utah

    John in Utah New Member

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    Yes I have been leaving it plugged in. I will unplug from now on. THANKS Sergiodeblanc, veinbuster and all others.
     
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  6. Callan

    Callan hack guitarist..

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    One thing to remember, you need to disconnect both the cables, if using 2.
     
  7. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I forgot this last week and wasted a battery on my P22.
    Always unplug!:p
     
  8. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    I used to leave my guitar plugged in all the time, because, well, I had just one real guitar.

    Even when I had two or three good electrics, the last played would stay plugged in.

    But now, I switch instruments so much during gigs and jams and practice that I just always unplug.

    Plus I realized that leaving the cable plugged in was probably a good way to accidentally trip on the cord and pull the guitar to the floor...
     
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  9. John in Utah

    John in Utah New Member

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    Such a simple fix, unplug both cables. Thanks to all!
     
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  10. bricel24

    bricel24 New Member

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    I learned the hard way when I first got my P22, batt life was too short and wondered if the system was shot. :D
     

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