I have a Ibanez RG5170 Prestige....in Black. I've had it about 3-4 weeks no issues. It has the 9volt battery, not sure how old it was I put in a new Energizer Lithium about 9 days ago. All of a sudden yesterday, as I was playing in bridge only mode the volume decreased about 50%, I hit the strings a few times and it slowly came back. over an hours time, it did this about 3 times. I accidentally left it connected overnite, (unplugging the cord powers off the 9v battery, so I understand?)..so I figured even though its supposedly the best (Energizer Lithium) battery may be going down. I did the old lick trick, sure enough seemed weak, so a put in another new Energizer Lithium 9v....problem solved...so I thought.
After a bit, it again did this strange volume, decrease....down to nothing then after a few seconds, volume comes back to normal. I switched to the middle and neck pickup, and pow...volume is there. When it does this, the volume decrease only lasts about 10-15 seconds, so while volume was down, I switched to the middle and bridge pickups, and no issues the volume was there. Switching back to bridge only.....volume was low, and slowly came back to normal.
It seems to only do this in bridge only mode. So my questions are:
1) Is it the battery ? is Lithium ok? can I use rechargeables?
2) I don't see any +/- signs, I was very careful and put the new batterys in exactly as the old were installed as far as +/-
3) Being this only happens on the bridge pickup...I'm wondering if that pickup is bad?
I should go ahead and reveal I'm using wireless remotes (no cables) between the guitar and the amp, I have not tested with just a cable, but, I have 3 different sets of wireless, never had issues with any and the problems exists on all 3 wireless sets. I'm going to try it with a cable tomorrow.
Has anyone had this happen or hear of this happening ?