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I miss you Avalanche
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Has anyone else ever figured out, if you leave a guitar with a piezo plugged into the instrument cable... will it drain the piezo battery?

I'm wondering if I left my wireless transmitter in the guitar and plugged in, but I'm on the magnetic p/u's setting via the toggle switch, am I ok? I'd assume leaving it plugged into the dedicated piezo output would drain it, but the toggled output might not? :scratch:
 

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The Tremol-No Guy
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Depends on the guitar and what switching it has hooked up to it.

RULE OF THUMB: PIEZO = UNPLUGITWHENYOUREDONEEZO
 

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Mr. Negative Pants, ,
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Most active preamps (including piezo systems and EMGs) use either a stereo jack or a switching jack to turn on the power to the active circuit when a plug is inserted into the jack. They always advise unplugging the guitar when not in use so as not to drain the battery.
 

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I never leave anything plugged into my instruments. Whether it's a cable or a wireless system, it's just another item for someone to kick/snag and bring the whole guitar down. Not to mention, constant little hits to the cable/wireless system will eventually work on the output jack's lifespan.

Edit: Agile?!
 

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Leaving piezo guitar plugged in = Battery drain?
yes

coz if you have a battery, then you have an active preamp. if you have an active preamp, then you have a stereo jack input. if you have a stereo jack input, then your battery is working when your jack plugged in :)
 

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I don't own an electric with piezos :)() but when I had an acoustic that did I would unplug it for fear of draining the battery, I can't imagine it being much different with an electric though.
 

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Les Paul Nut
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When I had EMG's in my SLSMG, the batteries were drained if I left it plugged in so yeah don't keep it plugged ya lazy Bastid.
 

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Mr. Oni Guitars
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yes, even on the magnetic setting. In fact most piezo/magnetic systems will buffer the magnetic pickups so that they can be mixed with the piezos
 
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