I've been having trouble with preamp clipping from my new DiMarzio Model P, which has very high output. Last night, I realized that some of the "clipping" may have been caused by the low E string vibrating too close to the pickup's protruding polepiece, mabe even grazing it. (Couldn't hear it acoustically or see it though.) That could explain why sometimes I would hear "clipping" without the indicator light coming on. So I lowered the pickup's bass side considerably (about 4mm), and the problem seemed to disappear. The tone from the E string and overall string balance improved too. But the reduced output from a lower pickup would reduce preamp clipping, so I'm still not entirely sure whether the string getting too close to the polepiece caused the problem. Can a string vibrating too close to a pickup cause static similar to preamp clipping?