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Old 04-16-2024, 01:36 PM
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I have some Gibson guitars with LR Baggs pickups. You have to loosen the strings to change the battery. Fortunately, I have another Gibson guitar that lets me access the battery on the outside of the guitar.

Does anyone use just guitars with internal batteries to gig? I would think that changing a 9 volt battery every time you change your strings, assuming you change your strings every month or so, would be sufficient.

I had a Taylor 324ce briefly, but I took it back (couldn't get the sound right). It had an easily accessible battery, which was a plus.
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Old 04-16-2024, 01:57 PM
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My Baggs M80 has a coin battery and you don't have to loosen the strings to get at it. Or the active/passive switch, for that matter, if your battery poops out. But the batteries seem to last a very long time.

My HiFi, on the other hand, has a 9V and you do have to slacken the strings.
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I have some Gibson guitars with LR Baggs pickups. You have to loosen the strings to change the battery. Fortunately, I have another Gibson guitar that lets me access the battery on the outside of the guitar.

Does anyone use just guitars with internal batteries to gig? I would think that changing a 9 volt battery every time you change your strings, assuming you change your strings every month or so, would be sufficient.

I had a Taylor 324ce briefly, but I took it back (couldn't get the sound right). It had an easily accessible battery, which was a plus.
Funny you had issues with the 324ce sound too. I loved mine unplugged but couldn't get with the ES2 in it. My 110e is fine.
Anyway, I had a Seymour Duncan Magmic in an Eastman E1OM. I changed the battery every string change. No biggie. Battery life was like 400 hours on the Magmic. (As long as you don't leave it plugged in, of course)
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I gig with guitars with Element VTCs. The battery lasts a long time. Many gigs.

If you change your battery on a schedule you should be golden.although… a battery life indicator in % would be a welcome addition to any of these pickups.
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I have some Gibson guitars with LR Baggs pickups. You have to loosen the strings to change the battery. Fortunately, I have another Gibson guitar that lets me access the battery on the outside of the guitar.

Does anyone use just guitars with internal batteries to gig? I would think that changing a 9 volt battery every time you change your strings, assuming you change your strings every month or so, would be sufficient.

I had a Taylor 324ce briefly, but I took it back (couldn't get the sound right). It had an easily accessible battery, which was a plus.
The Baggs Anthem says it gets 170 hours on a battery. If you play 3 hour gigs, that's (checks math...) 56 gigs before you need to change the battery. So if you play once a week, you can go over a year between battery changes. Maybe go every 6-9 months to be safe.
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Funny you had issues with the 324ce sound too. I loved mine unplugged but couldn't get with the ES2 in it.
Unplugged, I thought the 324ce was a little bright, compared to my Gibson guitars, not that an audience would really notice. Plugged in, I had to work to get a decent sound, even with a Body Rez.

Also, it was hard to get a strap on it. I wasn't overly enamored with the D'Addario strap lock. For that money, it should be much better. Just my opinion.
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As Doug mentioned, the battery life on most Baggs pickups is exceptionally long. Back in my University days when I would play live weekly shows, I would only change my battery maybe once a year and that was usually just because I thought I should.
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Gibson puts the Baggs Element in their guitars. Battery life is 1,000 hours (according to LR Baggs).
If you're changing the battery every string change....
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I've got a Baggs M1A - uses a CR2032 battery, which is supposed to last 1000 hours. I've replaced the battery in mine, but it probably had more use in it.

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