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bigRalph
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« on: June 14, 2010, 03:25:47 PM »

If I bypass the VTC, does the battery still drain as long as the cable is plugged in?
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2010, 12:25:43 AM »

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I misread your post earlier.
There is no way to bypass the VTC - it's a passive tone control. You can bypass the preamp.
In any case, as long as a cable is inserted you're draining the battery.
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2010, 12:52:39 AM »

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VTC is passive and 'unrelated' to the active on-board preamp with it's bass and treble boost


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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2010, 03:13:20 AM »

If I bypass the VTC, does the battery still drain as long as the cable is plugged in?

The one thing in common between the VTC and the preamp bypass switch is that they share the same pot, but the VTC is always in the signal chain, active or passive.

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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2010, 07:06:08 PM »

If I bypass the VTC, does the battery still drain as long as the cable is plugged in?

I assume what you mean is "does the battery still drain as long as the cable is plugged in, even if the preamp is bypassed."   The answer is YES.  The battery switch is built into the jack, not the bypass switch.

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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2010, 03:26:03 PM »

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VTC is passive and 'unrelated' to the active on-board preamp with it's bass and treble boost

Yes, but in the interest of clarity, the control still is a passive treble cut in either mode. That is, it will cut the treble in both active and passive mode.
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2010, 12:13:42 AM »

VTC is a separate entity from the active preamp.  When you bypass your preamp, it's the same idea as the bass and treble boost not being there at all.  Compare the bypass in both positions with your bass and treble boost knobs rolled all the way back.  VTC works the same regardless of the position your active toggle switch or push/pull is set.  Also, your VTC will work even if you don't have a battery installed or if you bypass the preamp.

If your battery dies, you will have to bypass your preamp to send a signal at all. 

If you notice distortion or volume changes while your preamp is active, it's time for a new battery... also I do believe there are battery testers available through the Sadowsky Online Shop that jack in with an instrument cable on your bass and show a reading for battery life so you don't have to remove your battery for testing.

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