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Adjusting Gain for slapping/Amp clipping problem

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by fourstringdrums, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Hey everyone,

    When adjusting the gain so that the amp doesn't clip, I usually play fingerstyle. But I've noticed that after I've set the gain, when I slap (usually just the E string) the amp will clip. I don't know if I should play fingerstyle when I set the gain or slap. Or is the light coming on once in a while not a big deal?

    I play fingerstyle most of the time, but I would like to slap, and I don't want to have to keep adjusting the gain for when I do.

  2. NeedMoreBass

    NeedMoreBass unregistered

    Feb 14, 2003
    If the light is just coming on every once in a while and staying on briefly, no big deal. It's when it stays on constantly you need to back off.:bassist:
  3. Grahams Groove

    Grahams Groove Can we please just groove for a while? Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    Boulder, CO
    One tip...
    When I set my gain, I turn the master all the way down so theres no sound, and then just slap the crap outta my bass and play as hard (or harder) than I ever will live...then I set the gain so it's just under clipping range when I do that...then you never haveta worry abotu clipping. And if you feel the need to boost gain a little during a show or somehting, you can bump it up a TINY bit and you still should clip....
  4. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Thanks for the replies.. One more question though.. When I turn up the amp, how do I know how much I can turn it up without hurting the amp? Because the more I turn up, it wont affect the clip light right?
  5. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio

    you may want to check this thread out. although i started this thread, i don't use a compressor. i did start it to see what the TB community thought.

    interesting read

    do you compress?

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