Have you tried to turn down the volume control in the bass? Do you use active EQ or a "slap switch" (which is usually a scoped EQ) in the bass to boost the bass frequencies?
I have a passive telecaster where I until recently could switch a hot P90 in series with a hot telecaster bridge pickup to form a humbucking pickup config, and together these made a signal so strong that it caused serious clipping in my EHX LPB-1 pedal even with normal strumming.
The thing with deep bass frequencies is that they at the same RMS power level have a lot higher amplitude than higher frequencies. This means that the active circuitry needs to be able to handle a lot of amplitude. And when you slap heavy on the B bass string, you generate the highest amplitude of all going into the active circuits.
Do you use the bass straight into the sound card? Do you have a level meter or a peak LED? Does it light up or do the level meter go into the red area. If so, the signal going into the sound card is still too high. If you have such indicators and they don't light up, you probably get that clipping in the bass.
Try to put all the EQ controls in the bass flat (turn off any slap switches and such). Turn the volume knob on the bass to max. Try slapping as hard as you can. Do you get clipping sound? Turn the volume knob down to half. Do you still get the clipping sound when slapping hard? If so, is the clipping just as prominent as before?
And finally: how is your string tension on that B string? If the tension is a bit low, the string may actually be hitting the frets uncontrollably before settling down, which may sound like clipping. If so, ease down on the force of your slapping and/or change to a thicker string with more tension.
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Last edited by Shardik : 10-03-2013 at 03:40 AM.