Aguilar AG500 clipping light - edumacate me
Pal of mine (who plays bass in one of my bands) recently picked up an AG500. It sounds pretty darned nice.
In the rehearsal space, he's been using my cabs. I had an 8-ohm 1x15 in there, the Aggie had no problem. This week I switched it out to a 4-ohm 2x12 and suddenly the clip light on the AG500 was coming on on peaks at what I would consider very... yeah, VERY moderate volume. (Our drummer is a gal, and she plays so quietly I have to turn my guitar head down to about 0.5 on the master.)
This symptom was particularly noticeable when he was running through the dirty channel. The clip LED was lighting up an awful lot at what I assume, given the rated efficiency of the cab, couldn't have been more than five, ten watts' actual output from the Aggie.
I didn't get a chance to swap him back to the 8-ohm cab, but everything looked OK wiring-wise.
No similar problems with my own bass heads through said cab, which are all rated at significantly less output power than the AG500 into 4 ohms and were sailing along rattling posters off the walls via the 2x12 with no audible clipping whatsoever.
We're just trying to figure this out. I'm wondering if the distorted signal from the pre was somehow "fooling" the clip light but I really can't imagine this would be the case. It's also possible that we have a current-draw problem down at the rehearsal space and I'm wondering how sensitive the Aggie's clip light might be to that.
I also want to know how "serious" the clip light really is in this particular case - that new cab is loaded with Kappalites and I do NOT want to pay to replace them.
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