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Oddball
Posted 2018-04-09 1:49 PM (#543159)
Subject: VXT revelation


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Got a gorgeous new-to-me VXT a while back and have enjoyed learning it. But couldn't figure out the electronic-vs-acoustic pickup blend/mix feature. Just all sounded electric. Did not get a manual with it, but looked one up online and as much as I fiddled, it still didn't sound any different no matter which way I turned that bottom knob.
I noticed that the battery LED was supposed to glow red when the battery got low. It wasn't so I figured the battery was good. Thought I'd try a different battery anyway so put one in I found in a drawer that LOOKED new. Still the same thing. And still no red light (it did blip on and off once or twice when I changed the batt). So couple of days ago I'm in the store by the battery rack and figure what the hey - I buy a pack of new 9-V batteries. Put one in and VOILA! Wow - all of a sudden I'm getting all kinds of neat effect out of the guitar and everything is working like I've read it's supposed to.
I find it curious that the guitar behaved like it did with the dead battery. That lower knob (the blend knob) acted like a second volume control, which made no sense to me.
Just posting this in case anyone else might have a similar issue and no low-batt light - change that 9V with a battery you KNOW is good!
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MWoody
Posted 2018-04-09 1:54 PM (#543160 - in reply to #543159)
Subject: Re: VXT revelation



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Location: Upper Left USA

The key to fresh batteries is THROW THE OLD ONES AWAY! As in, don't put them in a drawer because they might have some life left... you'll grab them and reuse them. I'd also ask if you send the acoustic/piezo side out through an acoustic amp.

 

http://www.ovationtribute.com/Catalogues/2007_VXT_Owner_Manual/VXT-Manual.html

 



Edited by MWoody 2018-04-09 1:55 PM
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Oddball
Posted 2018-04-09 5:39 PM (#543164 - in reply to #543159)
Subject: Re: VXT revelation


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Afraid I'm not quite that sophisticated. Just have an old Fender Deluxe 90 so piping it into that in 'Mono' mode. I did get the dual pigtail thingie but don't have a second amp. And yes, that ovationtribute website is where I found the manual. Now excuse me while I throw out all the old batteries in my drawers. LOL
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2018-04-09 6:04 PM (#543167 - in reply to #543159)
Subject: Re: VXT revelation


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Location: Boise, Idaho
I've saved a few because they had some life in them, but by the time I get around to using them they've gone dead. Now I check the suspects on a battery tester we have in the laundry room where we keep the new batteries and if it doesn't give me a green light, I throw them away. If I was smart, I'd replace all the batteries in our smoke alarms at the same time every year, but I'm not smart, so I end up walking around the house in the middle of the night trying to find the one that's chirping. A couple of them require an extension ladder to change the battery. Not fun when the ladder is outside and I'm in my underwear. Maybe I'll write a song about it before Dave steals my idea.
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DaveKell
Posted 2018-04-09 6:20 PM (#543168 - in reply to #543167)
Subject: Re: VXT revelation


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Location: Fort Worth, TX
Mark in Boise - 2018-04-09 6:04 PM

I've saved a few because they had some life in them, but by the time I get around to using them they've gone dead. Now I check the suspects on a battery tester we have in the laundry room where we keep the new batteries and if it doesn't give me a green light, I throw them away. If I was smart, I'd replace all the batteries in our smoke alarms at the same time every year, but I'm not smart, so I end up walking around the house in the middle of the night trying to find the one that's chirping. A couple of them require an extension ladder to change the battery. Not fun when the ladder is outside and I'm in my underwear. Maybe I'll write a song about it before Dave steals my idea.


Too late. That's a song that will write itself as soon as I'm in the mood to write another funny one (which I hope is never).
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Love O Fair
Posted 2018-04-09 8:30 PM (#543169 - in reply to #543159)
Subject: Re: VXT revelation



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Location: What week?
Old batteries can be a lot like derelict cousins.
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kentrookie
Posted 2018-04-09 11:18 PM (#543171 - in reply to #543159)
Subject: Re: VXT revelation


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Location: Seattle
My wife accuses me of saving burned out light bulbs....let’s not bring up the batteries in bottom drawer....ok?
Besides there is always the possibility the Costco mondo pack might get used up.
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alpep
Posted 2018-04-10 12:44 PM (#543184 - in reply to #543159)
Subject: Re: VXT revelation


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Location: NJ
Batteries

Ggggrrrrrr

I never know if they have any juice in them
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DanSavage
Posted 2018-04-10 2:14 PM (#543186 - in reply to #543184)
Subject: Re: VXT revelation



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If you want to know how much juice is left in a 9V, simply lick the contacts with your tongue.
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alpep
Posted 2018-04-10 2:46 PM (#543188 - in reply to #543159)
Subject: Re: VXT revelation


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Location: NJ
how about I send them to you and you can lick till your heart's delight?
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nerdydave
Posted 2018-04-11 10:58 PM (#543206 - in reply to #543159)
Subject: Re: VXT revelation


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Location: Always beautiful canyon country of Utah
Or better yet use a voltmeter to ascertain the available voltage!
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